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Mindfulness: Diverse Perspectives on its Meaning, Origins and Applications

Posted on Mar 7, 2013

Mindfulness: Diverse Perspectives on its Meaning, Origins and Applications

Mindfulness: Diverse Perspectives on its Meaning, Origins and Applications. Routledge (2013), 328pp. Mirabai Bush, founding Director and Senior Fellow of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, contributed a chapter on mindfulness and higher education to this...

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Narrow Road to the Interior: And Other Writings

Posted on Sep 15, 2012

Narrow Road to the Interior: And Other Writings

Basho, M. (1999). Narrow Road to the Interior: And Other Writings. Boston: Shambhala. Summary: The Narrow Road to the Interior uses the journey as a metaphor for life. Basho’s observations on his journey to the interior stunningly juxtapose the aesthetic with the spiritual in nature. Comments: “Students particularly identify with the journey motif, one they recognize from “road” films and the like. They can pick out the essence of a haiku after reading this.” – SunHee Gertz, Professor of English, Clark...

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Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There

Posted on Sep 15, 2012

Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There

Boorstein, S. (1996). Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat with Sylvia Boorstein. San Francisco:...

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Awakening Loving-Kindness

Posted on Sep 15, 2012

Awakening Loving-Kindness

Chodron, P. (1996). Awakening Loving-Kindness. Boston:...

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When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

Posted on Sep 15, 2012

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

Chodron, P. (2000). When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times. Boston:...

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Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen

Posted on Sep 15, 2012

Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen

Dogen, E. (1995). Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen. New York: North Point Press. Summary: This collection of the Zen Master’s writings introduces students to the art of the ambiguous. Its metaphors and its juxtapositions themselves are examples of contemplative practice. Comments: “Students love this work, but they need much contextualizing in the history and practice of Zazen.” – SunHee Gertz, Professor of English, Clark...

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Selected Writings

Posted on Sep 15, 2012

Selected Writings

Eckhart, M. (1995). Selected Writings. New York: Penguin Classics. Summary: This collection of sermons and treatises by the Middle High German Dominican explores, and in a sense, defines mystical thought. His metaphors are particularly telling. Comments: “If used in a class, I find that it is more productive to start with an Eastern text. Starting with Meister Eckhart seems to irritate, since the presumption tends to be that Christianity can’t possible have anything mystical about it. Going to Meister Eckhart after an Eastern text allows for acceptance.” – SunHee...

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Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation

Posted on Sep 15, 2012

Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation

Goldstein, J. & Kornfield, J. (2001). Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation. Boston:...

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A Balancing Act: The Development of Energize! A Holistic Approach to Acting

Posted on Sep 14, 2012

A Balancing Act: The Development of Energize! A Holistic Approach to Acting

Chaulet, Emmanuelle. (2008). A Balancing Act: The Development of Energize! A Holistic Approach to Acting. Gorham, ME: Starlight Acting...

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Breath, Perception, and Action: The Body and Critical Thinking

Posted on Sep 14, 2012

Sellers-Young, Barbara. “Breath, Perception, and Action: The Body and Critical Thinking.” Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, vol. 3, no. 2, August 2007.

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Breathing, Movement, Exploration

Posted on Sep 14, 2012

Breathing, Movement, Exploration

Sellers-Young, Barbara. (2001). Breathing, Movement, Exploration. New York: Applause...

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The Consolation of Philosophy

Posted on Sep 14, 2012

The Consolation of Philosophy

Boethius. (2000). The Consolation of Philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press. Summary: Composed in the 6th century, this allegorical treatise records the prisoner’s acceptance of an unjust imprisonment and death sentence by working through the vagaries of mutability, characteristic of the material world, and a philosophical acceptance thereof. Comments: “Students tend not to be enthralled by this text, but it is pedagogically useful for introducing them to the idea that the material is insubstantial.” – SunHee Gertz, Professor of English, Clark...

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Acts of Meaning: Four Lectures on Mind and Culture

Posted on Sep 14, 2012

Acts of Meaning: Four Lectures on Mind and Culture

Bruner, J. (1990). Acts of Meaning: Four Lectures on Mind and Culture (Jerusalem-Harvard Lectures). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University...

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I and Thou

Posted on Sep 14, 2012

I and Thou

Buber, M. (1971). I And Thou....

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Introspection and Transformation in Philosophy Today

Posted on Sep 14, 2012

Schwartz, M. (2005). “Introspection and Transformation in Philosophy Today.” In J. Wirth, M. Schwartz, & D. Jones, (Eds.), A Feast of Logos: Essays in Commemoration of the Tenth Anniversary of the Georgia Continental Philosophy Circle. (pp. 3-16).

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The Contemplative Lawyer: On the Potential Contributions of Mindfulness Meditation to Law Students, Lawyers, and their Clients

Posted on Sep 14, 2012

Riskin, L. (2002). “The Contemplative Lawyer: On the Potential Contributions of Mindfulness Meditation to Law Students, Lawyers, and their Clients.” Harvard Negotiation Law Review, 7, 1.

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Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most

Posted on Sep 14, 2012

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most

Stone, D. & Patton, B. & Heen, S. (2010). Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most. New York:...

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The Buddha’s Parable and Legal Rhetoric

Posted on Sep 14, 2012

Zlotnick, D. (2001). The Buddha’s Parable and Legal Rhetoric. 58 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 957

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Transforming Practices: Finding Joy and Satisfaction in the Legal Life

Posted on Sep 14, 2012

Transforming Practices: Finding Joy and Satisfaction in the Legal Life

Keeva, S. (2011). Transforming Practices: Finding Joy and Satisfaction in the Legal Life. American Bar Association; 10th Edition...

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The Psychology of Mediation: Issues of Self and Identity and the IDR Cycle

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Bader, Elizabeth. (2008). “The Psychology of Mediation: Issues of Self and Identity and the IDR Cycle“

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Zen and the Brain: Toward an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Zen and the Brain: Toward an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness

Austin, James. (1998). Zen and the Brain: Toward an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness. Cambridge: MIT...

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Contemplative Modes of Inquiry in Liberal Arts Education

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Burggraf, Susan and Peter Grossenbacher. “Contemplative Modes of Inquiry in Liberal Arts Education.” LiberalArtsOnline, June 2007.

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Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Csikszentmihalyi, Mihalyi. (1990). Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. New York:...

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Experience and Education

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Experience and Education

Dewey, John. (repr. 1997). Experience And Education. New York: Free...

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The Meditative Mind: The Varieties of Meditative Experience

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

The Meditative Mind: The Varieties of Meditative Experience

Goleman, Daniel. (1996). The Meditative Mind: The Varieties of Meditative Experience. New York:...

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Philosophy As a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Philosophy As a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault

Hadot, Pierre. (1995). Philosophy as a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault....

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The Varieties of Religious Experience

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

James, William. (1902). The Varieties of Religious Experience. London and New York: Longmans and Green.

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Creating Spaces for Listening, Learning, and Sustaining the Inner Lives of Students

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Kirsch, Gesa E. “Creating Spaces for Listening, Learning, and Sustaining the Inner Lives of Students,” Journal of the Assembly on Expanded Perspectives on Learning, 14 (Winter 2008-2009): 56-67.

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Fostering Spiritual Intelligence: Undergraduates’ Growth in a Course about Consciousness

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Noble, Kathleen and William Green. “Fostering Spiritual Intelligence: Undergraduates’ Growth in a Course about Consciousness,” Advanced Development Journal, vol 12, 2010: 26-48.

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Inner Knowing: Consciousness, Creativity, Insight, and Intuition

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Inner Knowing: Consciousness, Creativity, Insight, and Intuition

Palmer, Helen (ed.). (1998). Inner Knowing: Consciousness, Creativity, Insight, and Intuition (New Consciousness Reader). New York, Jeremy B. Tarcher /...

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Integrative Learning and Action: A Call to Wholeness

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Integrative Learning and Action: A Call to Wholeness

Awbrey S., Dana, D., Miller, V., Robinson, P., Ryan, M. & Scott, D., eds. (2006). Integrative Learning and Action (Studies in Education and Spirituality). New York: Peter...

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Learning to Stop; Stopping to Learn: Embarking on the Contemplative Learning Path

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Brady, R. (2005). Learning to Stop; Stopping to Learn: Embarking on the Contemplative Learning Path. Summary: Contemplative pedagogy is a young and growing approach in American education. It invites new possibilities for the emergence of creativity and promotes depth of understanding and a more personal relationship with course content. The path to contemplative learning is different for each educator who travels it. I relate experiences that led me to develop a personal contemplative practice and describe how, over time, my own practice affected my teaching. I focus especially on...

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Oasis of Dreams: Teaching and Learning Peace in a Jewish-Palestinian Village in Israel

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Oasis of Dreams: Teaching and Learning Peace in a Jewish-Palestinian Village in Israel

Feuerverger, G. (2001). Oasis of Dreams: Teaching and Learning Peace in a Jewish-Palestinian Village in Israel. New York: Routledge. Summary: Based on a nine-year study that Professor Grace Feuerverger carried out as ethnographer in an extraordinary village, “Oasis of Dreams” is about hope in the midst of deadly conflict. This book is a reflexive ethnography focusing on the two bilingual, bicultural educational institutions in this place of peaceful coexistence–an elementary school where Jewish and Arab children study together, and the “School for Peace” which...

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Boyz 2 Buddhas: Counseling Urban High School Male Athletes in the Zone

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Boyz 2 Buddhas: Counseling Urban High School Male Athletes in the Zone

Forbes, D. (2004). Boyz 2 Buddhas: Counseling Urban High School Male Athletes in the Zone. New York: Peter...

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Opening the Contemplative Mind in the Classroom

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Hart, T. (2004). “Opening the Contemplative Mind in the Classroom.” Journal of Transformative Education, 2, 1, 28-46. Summary: How we know is as important as what we know. However, contemporary pedagogy and curriculum generally exclude a fundamental way of knowing—the contemplative—from any viable role in education in favor of a rational and empirical approach. As a result, few mainstream teachers or curriculum planners have explicitly integrated the contemplative into the classroom. Yet, contemplative knowing has been described as fundamental to the quest for knowledge and...

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Contemplative Practice and the Education of the Whole Person

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Haynes, D. (2005). Contemplative Practice and the Education of the Whole Person. ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, 16, 2. Summary: This article concerns why the author integrates contemplative practices into courses on art and religion in a secular state university. For readers within seminaries and other religious institutions, she also discuss briefly the relationship of religious and theological education to contemplative inquiry. What follows is focused around three major questions. First, what is contemplative practice? Second, how are these practices integrated into...

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Learning about Obligation, Compassion, and Global Justice: the Place of Contemplative Pedagogy

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Kahane, David. (2009) “Learning about Obligation, Compassion, and Global Justice: the Place of Contemplative Pedagogy.“ From Internationalizing the Curriculum in Higher Education: New Directions for Teaching and Learning, No. 118, Carolin Kreber (Editor), July 2009, Jossey-Bass.

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Mindfulness and Presence in Teaching and Learning

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Mindfulness and Presence in Teaching and Learning

Kahane, David. (2011). “Mindfulness and Presence in Teaching and Learning,” in Iain Hay, ed., Inspiring Academics: Learning with the World’s Great University Teachers. (London: Open University...

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Spirituality and the Management Teacher

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Kernochan, Richard A., McCormick, Donald W., & White, Judith A. “Spirituality and the Management Teacher.” Journal of Management Inquiry, Vol. 16, No. 1, 61-75 (2007).

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Special Issue on Spirituality and Higher Education

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Laurence, P. & Subbiondo, J., eds. (2006). Special Issue on Spirituality and Higher Education. Religion & Education, Vol. 33, No. 2.

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Culture and the Self: Implications for cognition, emotion, and motivation

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Markus, H. & Kitayama. (1991). Culture and the Self: Implications for cognition, emotion, and motivation. Psychological Review, 98, 224-253.

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Teaching Mindfulness: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Teaching Mindfulness: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators

McCown, Donald, Reibel, Diane, and Micozzi, Marc S. (2011). Teaching Mindfulness: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators. New York:...

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Educating for Wisdom and Compassion: Creating Conditions for Timeless Learning

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Educating for Wisdom and Compassion: Creating Conditions for Timeless Learning

Miller, J. (2005). Educating for Wisdom and Compassion: Creating Conditions for Timeless Learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. Summary: Blending philosophy, research, and three decades of practice, John P. Miller’s engaging discussion of timeless learning reminds us that wisdom as an outcome of education is more than skills mastery and high-stakes assessments. Among the benefits to students discussed here are wholeness; a sense of purpose; improved attention, alertness, perception, and memory; and reduced stress and anxiety achieved through meditation, contemplation, and...

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Educating for Intelligent Belief or Unbelief

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Educating for Intelligent Belief or Unbelief

Noddings, N. (1993). Educating for Intelligent Belief or Unbelief. New York: Teachers College...

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The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life

Palmer, P. (1997). The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass...

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The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal

Palmer, P., Zajonc, A. and Scribner, M. (2010). The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal (Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education). Jossey-Bass...

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Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation

Rendon, Laura. (2008). Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation. Stylus...

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Contemplative Pedagogy in Foreign Language Education at the Postsecondary Level

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Smith, Victoria. “Contemplative Pedagogy in Foreign Language Education at the Postsecondary Level.” Journal of the World Universities Forum, Vol. 1, Issue 3.

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Stories Lives Tell: Narrative and Dialogue in Education

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Stories Lives Tell: Narrative and Dialogue in Education

Witherell, C. & Noddings, N. (1991). Stories Lives Tell: Narrative and Dialogue in Education. New York: Teachers College Press.

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Phenomenological Method and Meditation

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

Patrik, Linda. “Phenomenological Method and Meditation,” in Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, vol. 22 (1), 1994.

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