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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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