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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 identify as Buddhist or wish to explore Buddhist teachings and practices. The college's Associate Chaplain for Buddhist Programs, Grace Burford, offers a 4-day Buddhist meditation retreat each year during Spring Break.  We also host on-campus Dharma talks and lectures about Buddhism by visiting speakers.

Regular meeting times
  • 7 p.m. Tuesdays: A small Buddhist community of faculty and local residents meets in the Oasis. This group is open to new members, any time during the year.
  • 7 p.m. Wednesdays: Davidson Dharma, a gathering for students interested in exploring Buddhist teachings, history, and practices, meets in the Oasis. This group is co-led by students and Associate Chaplain for Buddhist Programs, Grace Burford. The weekly meetings include meditations, readings (Buddhist texts), dharma talks, and discussion. This group is open to all Davidson College students—drop in, any time during the academic year.

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, clarity of mind, insight, compassion, and kindness. Director of the Davidson Meditation Initiative, Grace Burford, leads meditation sessions for students, staff, and faculty across the campus community throughout the academic year, in addition to the weekly mindfulness meditation held in the Oasis.  Davidson Meditation Initiative programs are open to students, staff, and faculty of any secular, spiritual, or religious background. No previous experience required; beginners are always welcome.

Regular meeting times
  • 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays: Davidson Mindfulness, co-led by students and Director of the Davidson Meditation Initiative, Grace Burford, meets in the Oasis for guided meditations, talks, and discussion. This group is open to all Davidson College students, staff, and faculty—drop in, any time during the academic year.

Spaces for meditation and reflection

In addition to its beautiful campus and cross-country trails, Davidson offers four spaces for meditation and reflection.

The Oasis

A peaceful place designed for meditation, contemplation, prayer, worship, or ritual, the Oasis is open daily, 7 a.m.-11 p.m., for individual and group use. It offers a quiet alternative to the busyness of the other spaces in the Alvarez College Union. You will find it in the Chaplains' Office suite on the top floor of the Union, near the elevator. Whether you settle into a chair or use one of the many meditation cushions provided, gaze out the windows onto campus, or meet a few friends to consider life's big questions, you are welcome to take some contemplative time in the Oasis.

The Davidson Labyrinth

The red-brick labyrinth and peace garden provide a great outdoor spot for walking meditation and quiet reflection. You will find it under the trees of Hobart Park (behind the athletic field scoreboard, between Faculty Drive and Baker Drive). The labyrinth is lit at night, making it accessible any time.

The Meditation Sunroom

This light-filled sunroom on the back of the Spencer-Weinstein Center for Community and Justice (SWC) has wooden flooring and meditation cushions. The sunroom is available any time the SWC is open.

The Nest

Located in a room on the second floor of the library (near the printer), the Nest provides space for students to reflect and re-energize. There you can sit on a zafu to meditate, rest for a while on the six-foot beanbag chair, breathe mindfully, do a crossword puzzle, or use one of the yoga mats to do some stretches. Come to this alternative library space to recharge your mental, physical, and spiritual batteries.