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