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Our Next Webinar: “Developing Indicators for What Matters Most in Your Teaching”

Posted on Nov 21, 2014

Our Next Webinar: “Developing Indicators for What Matters Most in Your Teaching”

Participants will explore their intentions, including what matters most to them as the instructor, what matters most to their students, and how they can know if contemplative pedagogy is effective.

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Towards an Embodied Social Justice: Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy

Posted on May 19, 2014

Towards an Embodied Social Justice: Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy

In this webinar, Beth Berila explores how contemplative practices can deepen feminist and critical race pedagogies in Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, and other courses about diversity, power, and oppression.

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Contemplative Practice in a Course on Arguing as an Art of Peace

Posted on Mar 20, 2014

Contemplative Practice in a Course on Arguing as an Art of Peace

For the past seven years, Barry Kroll has been teaching a Lehigh University seminar that asks first-year college students to consider how arguing—so often associated with controversy and conflict—can be practiced as an art of peace. This webinar features student voices from the course.

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Using Contemplative Practices to Promote Well-Being and Social Justice Awareness

Posted on Feb 14, 2014

Using Contemplative Practices to Promote Well-Being and Social Justice Awareness

Michelle Chatman shares contemplative practices used in sociology and anthropology classes to deepen student learning, enhance well-being, and inspire a commitment to social justice.

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Intention and Imagination in Higher Education

Posted on Feb 7, 2014

Intention and Imagination in Higher Education

A challenge for integration in education is the joining of past experience with the innovative spirit of the present. Universities should be a prime venue for such imaginative and integrative work, where a true stimulus in the direction of new insights, and creations, is given to the minds and hearts of those who are part of its community.

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Fostering Contemplative Life Skills on a College Campus Outside the Classroom

Posted on Jan 9, 2014

Fostering Contemplative Life Skills on a College Campus Outside the Classroom

Helen Damon-Moore and colleagues at Dartmouth College present their work on developing contemplative programs through a variety of departments and services on their campus.

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Support the Center on Valley Gives Day

Posted on Dec 9, 2013

Support the Center on Valley Gives Day

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society is one of the hundreds of nonprofits participating in the second annual Valley Gives Day, scheduled for this Thursday, December 12, 2013.

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Shakespeare, Relevance, and “the Canon”

Posted on Nov 27, 2013

Shakespeare, Relevance, and “the Canon”

I wanted to share a little breakthrough I had with integrating contemplative pedagogy into one of the “majors” courses I teach, an introductory course on Shakespeare.

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The Value of What I Teach

Posted on Oct 9, 2013

The Value of What I Teach

What don’t you know about what you know? I invite my students interested in writing out of their own experiences to explore that question. Is there any value to the state, the nation, the world in an academic environment in which students are encouraged to ask that question again and again?

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Seeking the Heart of Higher Education

Posted on Oct 2, 2013

Seeking the Heart of Higher Education

Values such as compassion, social justice, and the search for truth, which animate and give purpose to the lives of students, faculty, and staff, are honored and strengthened by an integrative education. But to be truly integrative, such an education must go beyond a ”values curriculum“ to create a comprehensive learning environment that reflects a holistic vision of humanity, giving attention to every dimension of the human self.

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The Future of Higher Education is in our Intention and Actions Today

Posted on Jul 29, 2013

The Future of Higher Education is in our Intention and Actions Today

As we think about the future of education, we must focus on questions of “why” rather than simply “how.”

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Improvisation, Meditation, and Integral Theory: New Horizons in Contemplative Education

Posted on Apr 17, 2013

Improvisation, Meditation, and Integral Theory: New Horizons in Contemplative Education

This webinar presents core ideas from Prof. Sarath’s new book, Improvisation, Creativity, and Consciousness: Jazz as Integral Template for Music, Education, and Society (SUNY/Albany, 2013).

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Practice: The Core of Contemplative Education

Posted on Apr 4, 2013

Practice: The Core of Contemplative Education

Mirabai Bush introduces a range of practices that have been integrated into courses across the curriculum and addresses the relationship between personal experience with contemplative, introspective practice and bringing a contemplative approach to one’s professional role.

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The Central Role of Student Services

Posted on Mar 13, 2013

The Central Role of Student Services

IUP’s new Mindfulness Living Community shows how broad student services can connect curricular and extracurricular activities, creating a richer and more engaging educational environment.

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The Blue Pearl: A Research Report on Teaching Mindfulness Practices to College Students

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

The Blue Pearl: A Research Report on Teaching Mindfulness Practices to College Students

This webinar describes the results of Prof. Deborah J. Haynes’s research with undergraduate students on the efficacy of and their experiences with contemplative pedagogy. Her presentation focuses on conceptual issues raised by her formal human-subject research with students over three years–research that included qualitative feedback from them through narrative exercises and journals, a series of quantitative questionnaires about their experiences, and their own works of art.

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The Mission of Education: Why We Subsidize Post-Secondary Education

Posted on Feb 21, 2013

The Mission of Education: Why We Subsidize Post-Secondary Education

To the extent that we, in higher education, have forgotten our primary mission–challenging our students to inquire as to what it means to be a good citizen of this world–we risk collapsing into a fee-for-service industry in which we simply convey information and train narrowly for the workforce.

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Listening to Our Eyes: Seeing as Meditation

Posted on Feb 4, 2013

Listening to Our Eyes: Seeing as Meditation

This webinar, presented by Bradford C. Grant, Professor and Director of the School of Architecture and Design at Howard University, is an exploration of meditative exercises using seeing and drawing and the use of physical and visual environments as a means for understanding and contemplation.

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Courses as Commodities: The Harvard Cheating Scandal

Posted on Feb 3, 2013

Courses as Commodities: The Harvard Cheating Scandal

In a final exam last May, nearly half of the 279 students in a Harvard government class were suspected of cheating. This is not just a “Harvard” problem; rather, this is emblematic of a crisis throughout post-secondary education. Many have lost sight of our fundamental mission to create environments for students to discover what is most meaningful to them and to provide the information and tools for them to live out their vision.

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True to Vision: A Response to Daniel Callahan’s “Obesity: Chasing an Elusive Epidemic”

Posted on Jan 29, 2013

True to Vision: A Response to Daniel Callahan’s “Obesity: Chasing an Elusive Epidemic”

In “Obesity: Chasing an Elusive Epidemic,” Daniel Callahan calls for an “edgier” strategy to reduce obesity levels in the United States. I felt compelled to respond to Callahan’s article because the policies he is advocating are not in line with what I believe is his vision for a healthier and happier population.

In order to guide any action, we first need a clear vision: a place to start from that answers questions such as, “What are we doing this for?” and “What is really guiding us?” Because any action that runs counter to this deeply-held vision will cause suffering to ourselves and others, even if it appears to lead to our desired outcome.

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Wanting: Teaching Economics as Contemplative Inquiry

Posted on Jan 10, 2013

Wanting: Teaching Economics as Contemplative Inquiry

A webinar with Daniel Barbezat, Professor of Economics, Amherst College. Prof. Barbezat discusses contemplative pedagogy and the use of introspective exercises in his course, “Consumption and the Pursuit of Happiness.” First-person exercises on this subject are especially poignant for students, as they can directly discover the impact of their own wanting and how it affects their own economic decisions and the markets around them.

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Mirabai Bush: Creating Contemplative Organizations

Posted on Jan 7, 2013

Mirabai Bush: Creating Contemplative Organizations

Mirabai Bush, the Center’s founding director and senior fellow, has been featured in the New York Times for her work in bringing contemplative practices and perspectives into corporate and organizational settings.

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New Video About the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

Posted on Dec 19, 2012

New Video About the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

Watch a brief video which introduces the Center’s work.

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For Further Listening…

Posted on Nov 28, 2012

For Further Listening…

Watch webinars and listen to a podcast with Executive Director Daniel Barbezat and Associate Director Mirabai Bush.

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Contemplative Pedagogy: The Special Role of Teaching and Learning Centers

Posted on Nov 14, 2012

Contemplative Pedagogy: The Special Role of Teaching and Learning Centers

A chapter by Executive Director Daniel Barbezat and Allison Pingree (Harvard University) providing an overview of the definition, intention, and benefits of contemplative exercises, and approaches to fostering these practices through university teaching and learning centers.

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Contemplating Race, Law, and Justice: Some Notes on Pedagogy for Changing the World

Posted on Nov 13, 2012

Contemplating Race, Law, and Justice: Some Notes on Pedagogy for Changing the World

Watch Rhonda V. Magee’s keynote address at the 2012 Conference of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.

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We’ve Moved! Welcome to our new home

Posted on Oct 11, 2012

We’ve Moved! Welcome to our new home

In the days following our 2012 ACMHE Conference we packed up our little one-room office and moved about a mile north to 98 King Street, Northampton.

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Announcing Contemplative Mind-1440 Foundation Grants to Teaching & Learning Centers

Posted on Oct 3, 2012

Announcing Contemplative Mind-1440 Foundation Grants to Teaching & Learning Centers

We are pleased to announce that, with support from the 1440 Foundation, we have established a new program of grants to foster and support the use of contemplative practices throughout the curriculum through Teaching and Learning Centers.

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The Mindful Teacher

Posted on Aug 16, 2012

The Mindful Teacher

A webinar with Steven Emmanuel, Professor of Philosophy, Virginia Wesleyan College.

In discussions about contemplative pedagogy a great deal of attention has been devoted to practical applications of mindfulness in the classroom (what we might call “mindfulness-based pedagogy”). The tendency in this approach is to view mindfulness as a type of technology that can be used to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the teaching and learning experience.

While there are many wonderful benefits of this approach, it generally abstracts mindfulness from its historical roots as a practice aimed at moral and spiritual development. The purpose of this presentation is to recover the value of traditional meditation practice as a means of cultivating the capacities or virtues characteristic of the mindful teacher.

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2012 Retreat for Educators

Posted on Jul 17, 2012

2012 Retreat for Educators

The 2012 retreat is an opportunity to cultivate our awareness and inquire deeply into our professional lives, enabling us to re-engage with our work in higher education from a place of greater skillfulness, depth and insight.

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The 2012 ACMHE Conference

Posted on Jun 6, 2012

The 2012 ACMHE Conference

Everyone sits in a different place, yet we are all inextricably connected. Bringing the benefits of contemplative education to greater numbers of students asks us to honor wider and more diverse cultural contexts.

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Legal Education as Contemplative, Multicultural Inquiry

Posted on May 7, 2012

Legal Education as Contemplative, Multicultural Inquiry

A webinar with Rhonda Magee, Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco.

This webinar examined how we can better develop the cognitive, personal and interpersonal skills necessary to identify and effectively dismantle structures of privilege and subordination in our midst. How can we better learn, work and thrive together in diverse communities as we seek to create a more just world?

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The 8th Summer Session on Contemplative Pedagogy

Posted on Feb 14, 2012

The 8th Summer Session on Contemplative Pedagogy

The Summer Session prepares participants to return to their institutions with a deeper understanding of the practice of contemplative pedagogy and methods adapted for classroom and co-curricular use.

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Contemplative Environmental Studies: Pedagogy for Self and Planet

Posted on Jan 4, 2012

Contemplative Environmental Studies: Pedagogy for Self and Planet

This Summer Institute aims to develop tools for teaching and researching environmental dilemmas with this broader sensibility in mind.

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Just Published: “Mindfulness in Higher Education”

Posted on Jul 18, 2011

Just Published: “Mindfulness in Higher Education”

by Mirabai Bush, Contemporary Buddhism, Vol. 12, 2011, issue 1, pp 183-197 This paper explores the introduction of mindfulness into courses in higher education.Some of these courses are taught by Buddhist scholars; others are taught by scholars within other disciplines who themselves have a meditation practice.Those scholars included here represent a much larger number in diverse settings, including state universities, liberal arts colleges, Ivy League institutions, and historically black colleges.They teach in almost every discipline, including architecture, poetry, chemistry, economics, and...

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