Multiple Perspectives on Vipassana Meditation: Experience, Psychology and Philosophy

This project provides for creation of a course that looks at Vipassana meditation from three broad perspectives: experiential, psychological/scientific, and philosophical. Students learn to meditate and compare that experience with other contemplative exercises. They bring that experience to bear on questions about research on well-being and on perennial philosophical questions about the nature of the self.

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Stopping and Reading: Zen Contemplative Practices and Literary Study

This project explores the integration of Zen Buddhist contemplative practices with practices entailed in academic, especially literary, reading. The mindfulness cultivated through Zen practices, and the ethical awareness that can spring from that mindfulness can inspire an academic reading practice that is both faithful to the particulars of a text’s form and sensitive to its ethical and political implications.

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The Mystical Arts: On the Theory and Practice of Hermeneutics and Aesthetics

Jeffrey Kripal Professor of Religious Studies, Rice University and Marcia Brennan Associate Professor of Art History, Rice University 2006 Contemplative Practice Fellowship Recipients [button link=”https://www.contemplativemind.org/admin/wp-content/uploads/Brennan-Kripal.pdf” color=”orange” newwindow=”yes”] View the Syllabus[/button]

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