Hosted by the University's Contemplative Sciences Center, Deepak Chopra and Arianna Huffington are visiting the University of Virginia on Tuesday to lead a public meditation. Students, faculty members, UVa staff, and the community are invited to join the meditation, which is scheduled to begin promptly at 2:30 p.m. on the Lawn, at the steps of the Rotunda.
The afternoon’s exercises will be based on awareness-focusing techniques, which have been shown to of help in lessening stress and anxiety, which comes at just the right time, as UVa students are preparing for their exams. In the event of rain, the meditation will relocate to the Aquatic & Fitness Center at the corner of Alderman Rd. and Whitehead Rd.
Deepak Chopra is an Indian-American physician and practitioner of alternative medicine and holistic health and is founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, Arianna Huffington is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, named by Forbes as one of the ten most powerful women in media.
The Center’s director is religious studies professor, David Germano, associate professor of Tibetan and Buddhist studies, Director of SHANTI (Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Network of Technological Initiatives) at UVa and divides the remainder of his time between his responsibilities as co-director of the Tibet Center at UVa and director of the Tibetan and Himalayan Library.
Deepak Chopra is the author of 21 New York Times non-fiction bestsellers, and coauthored “The War of the Worldviews, with Leonard Mlodinow, and coauthored “Super Brain,” with Rudolph E. Tanzi which were both released in 2011; along with “Spiritual Solutions;” and in 2012, “God: A Story of Revelation” was published. Dr. Chopra’s most recent book coauthored with his brother Sanjiv Chopra, M.D., is “Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream.”
Arianna Huffington is president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, which was awarded its first Pulitzer Prize in 2012, to David Wood for national reporting, “for his riveting exploration of the physical and emotional challenges facing American soldiers severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan during a decade of war,” through his 10-part series, “Beyond the Battlefield.” Ms. Huffington was the founder of the online blog eight years ago, which was purchased last year by AOL, for $315 million. (By contrast, the Washington Post, founded in 1877, was purchased earlier this month by Amazon.com founderJeffrey Bezos for $250 million.)
The University’s Contemplative Sciences Center was launched last spring through the generosity of Paul Tudor Jones and his wife Sonia, who are members of the Center’s advisory board. Mr. Jones earned his undergraduate degree in Economics in 1976, and worked first as a clerk and then as a broker with E. F. Hutton; and within the next four years he began trading independently, and for several years thereafter with enormous success. He founded the Robin Hood Foundation in 1988 to try to mitigate the disabling affects of poverty in New York City by a unique amalgam of philanthropy – engaging the contributions of funds from other successful individuals == with the kinds of time-tested investment principles, to assist programs that specifically target poverty.