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Spiritual Life

Rockefeller and Bond Chapels are home to a wide variety of spiritual events every week. Some events cross the boundaries of traditions, others are rooted in particular religious or spiritual practice. The University’s Spiritual Life office is located across the road in Ida Noyes Hall (034), the joyous culmination of years of planning! Spiritual Life events may be in the new program space in Ida Noyes, or at Rockefeller or Bond.

Daily practice

Each weekday morning begins with Twenty Minutes Still (at Bond Chapel), twenty minutes of meditation led by experienced practitioners trained in different settings.

Festivals

Each month contains some major festival, from Christmas to Diwali to Mawlid. Rockefeller and Bond Chapels serve members of many different religious and spiritual communities, and festival events form a regular part of the calendar. Each spring, Spiritual Life offers its wonderful Spirit Week.

Weekly events

Week in and week out, throughout the year, we host three gatherings always open to all: Sundays at Rockefeller, liturgies expressing Christian spirituality rooted in music and literature and sacred text, with the beautiful voices of the Chapel choir; Zen meditation on Wednesday evening, hosted by Ancient Dragon Zen Gate in association with Rockefeller Chapel, and led by Taigen Dan Leighton and Nyozan Eric Shutt; and Friday Jumu’ah prayers, two gatherings for prayer and reflection hosted by members of the University’s Muslim community. Hindu and Buddhist students also meet on a daily basis for prayers and meditation, in the prayer rooms at Rockefeller and Ida Noyes and the new meditation room at Spiritual Life. Muslim students pray daily in the prayer room at Spiritual Life.

Throughout the academic year, there are opportunities to gather in settings both familiar and new, to engage in exercises designed to create understanding, to expand your own spiritual practice. Come and see!