The art of solitude

In cooperation with the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

11jul2018 20:00 - 21:30


Do you ever struggle with being alone in a fast-paced social world? Issues concerning solitude, mindfulness, meditation as well as spirituality have taken center stage in society ánd academia.

This is one of the reasons the University of Amsterdam is hosting the International Conference for Mindfulness, taking place 10-13 July in Amsterdam. Next to the conference, SPUI25 is the setting for a public event with author Stephen Batchelor and professor Susan Bögels. A contemplative evening to give you some tools to think about, and deal with, the art of solitude.

About the speakers

Stephen Batchelor is a British author and scholar. Batchelor wrote several books and articles on Buddhist topics and has been leading meditation retreats throughout the world. Moreover, Batchelor is a former Buddhist monk, as well as the author of Buddhism Without Beliefs, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, and After Buddhism.

André van der Braak is professor of Buddhist philosophy in dialogue with other philosophical traditions at the VU Amsterdam. He studied clinical psychology and comparative philosophy in Amsterdam. Previously, he was director of the foundation ‘Filosofie Oost-West’ (Philosophy East-West). In addition, he has been authorized as a Zen teacher since 2013 within the Maha Karuna Chan tradition of Ton Lathouwers. Van der Braak is moreover active as a Zen teacher.

Susan Bögels (moderator) is professor in Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Amsterdam, and founder of the Academic treatment Centre for Parent and Child, UvA minds and the Academic training Centre, UvA minds You. Her research concerns the intergenerational transmission of psychopathology and the prevention and treatment of child psychopathology through child- and family-focused interventions including mindfulness as an intervention in the family context.


You can sign up for this program for free. If you subscribe for the program we count on your presence. If you are unable to attend, please let us know via | T: +31 (0)20 525 8142.

Location: SPUI25