Virginia Tech - Invent the Future
Contemplative Practices for a Technological Society - Cultivating Mind Body Practices to Invent Our Future - April 11-13, 2013 - The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center - Blacksburg, Virginia
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Current Conference: Contemplative Practices for the 21st Century University

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Download a Final Program: CPTS_Program_Final.pdf

Download Abstracts & Bios: cpts-abstracts.pdf

Thank you to everyone who made the conference a success! The conference organizers would like to express our gratitude for your participation and support.

Some presentations that were given at the conference can be found on the Schedule page. Please note that not all presenters want their presentations available to the general public. Please contact those individuals directly.

We have video interviews for several conference speakers and attendees. These video interviews are now available on YouTube at:

We are still constructing this site. Also, there will be additional footage posted in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please enjoy the videos that are available.

Individually and collectively, these interviews make a very powerful statement about the impact of contemplative practice.


Along with the marvels of the 21st century come hurry, distraction, and distress and a compelling question: How can we reconnect with our own humanity in the midst of a rapidly evolving technological society?

To answer this question, we invite students, the academic community, professionals, and contemplatives from Education, Arts, Health, Business, Science, Technology, and other areas to engage in a conversation about the future of contemplative mind body practices in our emerging technological society.

Applying the facilitation skills of The Center of Appreciative Practice at the University of Virginia, this conference will actively include all participants in an extended dialog designed to tap the participant’s collective wisdom for shaping our future. We will address fundamental questions such as:

What have we as individuals learned from our own experiences with contemplative mind body practices and how can we extend this learning further in promoting physical, emotional and spiritual well-being in our institutions?

How can institutions like universities, business enterprises, schools, government agencies and others incorporate contemplative disciplines in promoting excellence and innovation as this century unfolds?

How can contemplative mind body practices build a foundation for a safer, saner, more compassionate society in this technological age?

This conference is the first of a series of regional conferences designed to lay the foundation for growing supportive networks of contemplative practice in and between education, research, business, and community programs through synergistic interactions.

See About the Conference for a more detailed description. Also see the Schedule page.

Download a conference flyer:

CPTSFlyerHR.pdf - High resolution

CPTSFlyerLR.pdf - Low resolution

Download a list of current (as of 3/13/2013) registrants: cpts-part.pdf

Keynote Speakers

Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche - Head of Dharmakaya Meditation Organization
Rich Fernandez, Ph.D. - Senior People Development Lead, Google
Linda Lantieri - Director of The Inner Resilience Program, New York, NY
Ali and Atman Smith, Andres Gonzalez - Holistic Life Foundation, Baltimore, MD
Michael Carroll - Author: Awake at Work and The Mindful Leader
Rick Bowles - Executive V. P. and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for Merck & Co., Inc. (retired)
Mark G. McNamee - Provost, Virginia Tech
Charles Lief - President, Naropa University

Conference Information

Location: The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center

Registration includes two lunches and a banquet along with Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Conference Registration Fee is $250. Student Registration Fee is $35. Registration is limited to 160 participants.

Special Event

ICAT Open House, Technology Display, and Reception

Virginia Tech's Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology (ICAT) and ICAT’s Integrative Mind and Performance Through the Arts, Creativity, and Technology (IMPACT) Studio is proud to sponsor the pre-conference open house and reception featuring a showcase of technology demos and technology-driven art installations focusing on contemplative practice.

The event will take place in ICAT Studio 1 on April 11, 2013 from 4:30-6:30 PM.

Visit the About the Conference page for more information on ICAT and IMPACT.

Book Signing

Friday during the Reception and Saturday 5 PM -7 PM

If you are a conference attendee and you wish to have your book available, please contact the Conference Chair at


Visit the Sponsors page for information on conference sponsorship.

Preconference Workshops

(Conference registration not required.)

Bringing The Wisdom Of Mindfulness Into Everyday Life
With Michael Carroll and Patton Hyman
1:30 - 5:00 PM, April 11, 2013

Join us for this pre-conference retreat and experience how mindfulness meditation and related contemplative disciplines train the mind's natural alertness, clarity, and presence that are invaluable to people from all walks of life. Mindfulness meditation is useful for revitalizing careers and managing stress in a rapidly changing technological world. In this retreat learn how mindfulness

  • Opens us up to enhanced creativity
  • Develops our natural emotional and social intelligence
  • Makes us better listeners and collaborators
  • Transforms fear from an obstacle to an energizing principle
  • Helps us to deal with the challenges of multitasking

For experienced and new practitioners.


Organizing Committee

Visit the About the Conference page for more information.

Contact: Prof Douglas K Lindner -


Continuing and Professional Education @ Virginia Tech