Watching Contemplative Ecocinema as Engaged Mindfulness Practice

By Zack Walsh

Through this short blog, I would like to introduce you to a group of films that I watch as a part of my spiritual practice. I have been watching these films for over a decade, and find that they are some of the most powerful catalysts for spiritual cultivation, especially in the context of social and ecological transformation. As part of my day job, I regularly ask myself how society can move toward a socially just and sustainable mode of civilization— toward an Ecological Civilization.[i] The power of these films is that they develop certain observational and empathetic qualities that strengthen my personal and professional commitments while enhancing my capacity to respond to planetary suffering. Therefore, I use them as objects of spiritual guidance.

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Moral Double Standards and the Failure of Education

By Rohit Revi

How do we learn how to conduct ourselves in life? I begin with the assumption that it is primarily through schools and universities, and in the close proximity of classmates, colleagues, teachers and professors that our moral frameworks are formed. Educational institutions are places that shape our sense of an ideal human who we may strive to become for the rest of our lives. Our notions of virtue and virtuosity are formed in places and with people that we spend a large majority of our first 20-odd years.

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Democracy without Dignity: A Confucian Critique of President Trump

By James Miller

The events of the past week have marked the point of absolute contrast between the world’s two most important countries and their leaders. In China, President Xi Jinping has consolidated his power throughout the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), beginning with the bravura performance of a three and a half hour opening speech, during which he touched not a drop of water. By the end of the congress, he was confirmed in his position for another five years, his supporters were elected to key government positions, and his thinking established as part of the CPC’s ruling doctrine for decades to come.  Continue reading “Democracy without Dignity: A Confucian Critique of President Trump”

Call For Submissions

The SNC-LAB is seeking academic and non-academic submissions that contribute to the development of at least one of its four research themes. This blog is meant to be a public forum where researchers, artists, and community members alike can present their ideas and/or projects, while engaging in meaningful dialogue.

We are especially seeking submissions that forge new ground—intellectually and/or artistically—and challenge conventional ways of thinking and doing. We welcome succinct and accessible contributions that draw on diverse perspectives, theoretical approaches and disciplinary/professional backgrounds.

SNC-LAB invites submissions for our peer-reviewed blog in the following categories:

  • Original essays (max 800 words) concerning topics related to our research themes
  • Short reports or analyses (max 400 words) linking to news, events, ideas or essays posted elsewhere on the Internet that are of relevance to our research themes
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All published contributions must intersect in some way with our four key themes of Axiology, Planetarity, Pedagogy or Spirituality. Authors are asked to indicate which theme(s) their contribution addresses and should include at least one relevant royalty-free image.

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