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A Survey of Contemplative Practices Across the World's Religions

Seminar Leader:
Deven Patel


Contemplation and action are oft-used categories in Religious Studies. Rather than discuss these categories in theory alone, this course aims to go through some of the more influential works on meditation found in the world’s religion. We will try to cover a diversity of topics: Christian recollection practices, Buddhist meditation, Kabbalah and Sufi practices, Yoga, Dao-ism, and contemporary religions. In addition to texts, we will also attempt to engage with living traditions of contemplative practice across the world’s religions as well as visual and oral forms available to us. This is an ideal course for those who wish to be introduced to the world’s religions from the point of view of meditation theories and practice.

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Taking Teenagers From Aaaaah! To *Om* to Action! Using Contemplative Practices from World Religions to Teach Stress Management and Promote Well-Being

Meg H. Flisek
Keywords: Flexibility and adaptability, Global awareness, Health literacy, Initiative and self-direction, Meditation, Productivity and accountability, Social and cross-cultural skills, Stress relief, World religions

How Does One Achieve the Good Life?

Colleen Lawson-Thornton
Keywords: Bhagavad Gita, Buddhism, close reading, collaborative learning, contemplative practices, Cornell notes, Daoism, discussion board, Eastern philosophy, Eastern religion, Eightfold Path, experiential learning, Four Noble Truths, Good Life, happiness, Hinduism, Meditation, philosophy, tai chi, Tao of Pooh, Tao Te Ching, Upanishads, walking meditation, yoga, zine

Mindful Suspension

Jaimie Piotrowicz
Keywords: Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Detention, Meditation, Mindful Suspension, Personal Growth, Suspension, Therapy

I Am Malala: Mindfulness and Community Service

Cara Wallin
Keywords: community service, Culture, fundraising, I am Malala, Personal Growth

Investigating Religious and Cultural Spending Trends

Catherine Michini
Keywords: cross, Culture, Social and cross-cultural skills, social studies, World religions

Mindfulness Mondays: Bite Size Strategies to Transform Your Classroom

Samuel A. Reed
Keywords: Creative Writing, Journalism, Personal Growth

Be the Hero of Your Journey

Terry Anne Wildman
Keywords: Creative Writing, History, Literature