Current theories of mindfulness (Pali: sati) emphasize attention, emotional regulation, and meta-awareness. This interpretation de-emphasizes an original association of sati with remembrance in relation to cultivating virtue. Recovering remembrance reconnects mindfulness with narrative traditions of loving virtue. In practice, this occurs through cultivating both (1) affective awareness of the source of love, or ultimate reality; and (2) mimesis/imitatio of exemplars of loving virtue. The concept of “heartfulness as mindfulness” helps express this affective remembrance and presents new opportunities for greater sharing between Dharmic and Abrahamic contemplative traditions, while motivating cognitive neuroscience to apply information processing models to the study of meaning. The panel will explore these themes from perspectives of Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and Bhakti Yoga, inviting critical conversations with Linda-Susan Beard (Emmaus Monastery, Bryn Mawr), John Makransky (Buddhism, Boston College), and those in attendance. Behavioral and neuroimaging studies will support conceptual proposals.

Linda-Susan Beard

Bryn Mawr College


Andrew Dreitcer, MDiv, PhD

Claremont School of Theology

Convening Faculty, Planning Committee Member

Andrew Dreitcer is Professor of Spirituality, Director of Spiritual Formation, Director of the D.Min in “Spiritual Renewal, Contemplative Practice, and Strategic Leadership,” and co-directs the Center for Engaged Compassion at … MORE

Brent A. Field, PhD

Fellow, Planning Committee Member


John Makransky, PhD

Boston College

Convening Faculty, Fellow

John Makransky, PhD, is Associate Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, senior academic advisor for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Centre for Buddhist Studies in Nepal, co-founder of the Foundation … MORE

Rabbi Or Rose

The Center for Global Judaism


Michael Spezio, PhD

California Institute of Technology

Grantee, Reviewer