2021-2022 Graduate Academic Catalog

GMIND 6049 Contemplative Practice Traditions

This course investigates foundational contemplative principles and practices in world traditions, primarily Buddhist. We explore the nature of meditation and mental development as expressed in early classical texts, examine how these practices evolved in South, Central, and East Asia, and explore their adaptations by the west and by modernity. Emphasis is placed on understanding the traditional roots of mindfulness, refining our own experience of it, and recognizing its adaptations to the modern world.