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  • Students learning mindful meditation techniques

    At a Buddhist retreat, students learn mindful meditation techniques, which have been shown to decrease stress and improve focus, attention and overall well-being.

  • Students at a Buddhist monastery

    Students attain a new level of personal renewal and spiritual practice while at a Buddhist monastery during Winter Break.

  • Student Life Meditation Mindfulness Space

    The Oasis provides a peaceful, quiet space to practice mindfulness and other forms of meditation.

  • Meditation Buddhist Temple

    The college chaplaincy sponsors on-campus Dharma talks and lectures about Buddhism.

Buddhist & Meditation Initiatives

Buddhist Programs

Davidson offers a range of opportunities for students, faculty, and staff who are Buddhist or wish to explore Buddhist teaching and practice. During Winter Break, chaplaincy staff lead students on a retreat at a Buddhist monastery. We also sponsor on-campus Dharma talks and lectures about Buddhism.

Regular meeting times
  • 7 p.m. Tuesdays: A small Buddhist community of faculty and local residents meets in the Oasis.
  • 8 p.m. Thursdays: Davidson Dharma, a gathering co-led by students and chaplaincy staff, meets in the Oasis for meditation, teaching, and discussion.

Davidson Meditation Initiative

The Davidson Meditation Initiative offers our community opportunities to learn about and practice mindfulness and other forms of meditation. We seek to integrate these practices into our daily lives to promote inner peace and a community of kindness. Meditation programs are open to students, staff, and faculty from all religious and secular backgrounds. Beginners are especially welcome.

Regular meeting times
  • 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays: Mindfulness Meetings take place in the Oasis of the Chaplain's Office; we gather for guided practice followed by conversation and tea/coffee/snacks.
  • 9 a.m. Fridays: Silent meditation takes place in the Oasis.

Spaces for meditation and reflection

In addition to the cross-country trails and the beauty of the campus lawns, Davidson offers three spaces set aside for meditation.

The Davidson Labyrinth

The red-brick labyrinth and peace garden makes a great spot for walking meditation and quiet reflection. Located in Hobart Park (across Faculty Drive behind the athletic scoreboard), the labyrinth is lit at night and accessible at any time.

The Oasis

As a peaceful space designed for meditation, private prayer, or worship, the Oasis is open daily for individual and group use. It is located in the Chaplain's Office suite in the Alvarez College Union. Open daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Meditation pillows and yoga mats are provided in the space.

The Meditation Sunroom

This light-filled space in the Spencer-Weinstein Center for Community and Justice (SWC) is a room with wooden flooring and meditation pillows that may be accessed whenever the SWC is open.