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Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning 1st Edition

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Contemplative Practices in Higher Education represents an instant classic in a growing movement that promises to bring greater depth, resonance, and engagement to college students’ learning experience. Dan Barbezat and Mirabai Bush document a stunning array of contemplative applications, revealing a robust and innovative field of pedagogy.”
Daniel Goleman, author, Emotional Intelligence

“In this book, Dan and Mirabai do an excellent job in demonstrating how these transformative contemplative practices can be sensitively introduced to academia. I didn’t develop contemplative practices until I was middle aged. I wish I had had such practices in my college days.”
Ram Dass, teacher and author, Be Here Now

“An inspiring report from the frontlines of academe by two quiet revolutionaries. A must-read for anyone who cares about the future of college teaching and who seeks a vision of what it could be.”
Jerome T. Murphy, research professor and dean emeritus, Harvard Graduate School of Education

“This engaging and informative reflection on the uses of introspective and contemplative practices in higher education reveals a quiet revolution whose time has come. Barbezat and Bush have brought us a path-breaking book that speaks from and to mindful educators intent on helping students focus their attention and resist distractions, find more of themselves in their academic work, and bring more of themselves into the task of crafting lives of meaning, purpose, and compassion.”
Diana Chapman Walsh, president emerita, Wellesley College

“This book is a hugely inspiring and practical resource for educators, giving them a whole other dimension of experience from which to bring to life the beauty of their subject and engage their students in discovering that beauty for themselves. Contemplative practices, integrated into the curriculum of higher education in the ways the authors describe and advocate so skillfully and compellingly, have the capacity to transform our relationship to learning itself, in all its mystery, intimacy, difficulty, and wonder.”
Jon Kabat Zinn, author, Full Catastrophe Living and Mindfulness for Beginners

Contemplative Practices in Higher Education is truly a breakthrough book, showing how profound attentiveness, intellectual rigor, and self-knowledge can be seamlessly woven together. It offers us a transformed view of a student, a teacher, the academy, and the world.”
Sharon Salzberg, author, Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

“Visionary, yet immensely practical and thorough! Can enhance the skill, understanding and well-being of students and provide the missing half of education.”
Jack Kornfield, author, A Path with Heart

“At long last we have a comprehensive overview of the burgeoning field of Contemplative Pedagogy written by two of its leaders and pioneers. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the theory and practice of Contemplative Education.”
Harold D. Roth, professor of religious studies and founder and director, Brown University Contemplative Studies Initiative

“Barbezat and Bush set forth a blueprint for a quiet revolution in education—placing student experience at the center of our learning objectives, supporting students in reconnecting with themselves while enabling them to feel their connections with an ever more diverse world. As our problems grow in complexity, the urgent need for such a revolution becomes clear. These pages hold the most practical approach yet for a way forward: transforming what happens in our classrooms, and actually changing the world—one student at a time.”
Rhonda Magee, professor of law and codirector, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of San Francisco

“This book tells the wonderful and creative way of expanding and increasing the possibilities of higher education through contemplative practices. The authors clearly reveal and express the important and meaningful ties between teaching and learning and the power of contemplative practices, better connecting education to life. The best educators often seek ways to expand and broaden their reach and knowledge—this book will help them achieve that goal.”
Bradford C. Grant, director, School of Architecture and Design, and associate dean, College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Sciences, Howard University

“A great guide to developing contemplative courses. ‘Poetry and Meditation,’ the experimental course I taught in Spring 2000 at West Point as a Contemplative Practices Fellow, changed much of what I thought I knew about teaching and learning, and by doing that, changed my life.”
Marilyn Nelson, chancellor, Academy of American Poets

“The work represented in this book has been influential and inspirational in opening the doors to a new dimension of learning. The Institute for Jewish Spirituality has brought these contemplative practices—text study, reflection and yoga—into courses in a leading rabbinical school in New York, and thus magnified the impact of its program of spiritual formation of future rabbis and cantors enormously, as well as bringing faculty members together in generative cross-departmental study.”
Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Institute for Jewish Spirituality

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Praise for Contemplative Practices in Higher Education

"Contemplative Practices in Higher Education represents an instant classic in a growing movement that promises to bring greater depth, resonance, and engagement to college students' learning experience. Dan Barbezat and Mirabai Bush document a stunning array of contemplative applications, revealing a robust and innovative field of pedagogy."

Daniel Goleman, author, Emotional Intelligence

"In this book, Dan and Mirabai do an excellent job in demonstrating how these transformative contemplative practices can be sensitively introduced to academia. I didn't develop contemplative practices until I was middle aged. I wish I had had such practices in my college days."

Ram Dass, teacher and author, Be Here Now

"An inspiring report from the frontlines of academe by two quiet revolutionaries. A must-read for anyone who cares about the future of college teaching and who seeks a vision of what it could be."

Jerome T. Murphy, research professor and dean emeritus, Harvard Graduate School of Education

"This engaging and informative reflection on the uses of introspective and contemplative practices in higher education reveals a quiet revolution whose time has come. Barbezat and Bush have brought us a path-breaking book that speaks from and to mindful educators intent on helping students focus their attention and resist distractions, find more of themselves in their academic work, and bring more of themselves into the task of crafting lives of meaning, purpose, and compassion."

Diana Chapman Walsh, president emerita, Wellesley College

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (December 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118435273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118435274
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kathleen A. Bishop on March 13, 2014
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This books is a must read for anyone who wants to add mindfulness exercises into their courses. It is filled with research, practical experience, and usable clearly outlined exercises that can quickly enhance the students learning experiences and the subject matter retention. And the great side bonus, it can change your life and theirs and bring peace, compassion, contentment, and kindness to self and others along with it.

I have been using mindfulness techniques in my college classes and with my corporate clients for many years now with great success and this book has given me additional information to raise what I'm doing already into the next level. So if you are a novice or a long time practitioner of mindfulness and meditation you will be helped by this book. In gassho, Dr. B
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Loved it! This book is for those who want an introduction to contemplation in higher education as well as for those looking to deepen their practice. It is the perfect balance of theory and application. Dan and Mirabai’s storytelling will renew your teaching spirit! If you read Heart of Education by Parker Palmer and Arthur Zajonc- this is a must read!! This sums it up for me, “After all, everything is education-every action and interaction is an opportunity for learning and cultivation. There is no such thing as “extracurricular” activities: every act is cultivating something. The question we must ask is: What is being cultivated?”

This may be the book that brings contemplation in education into the forefront!
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I used this as a backbone for prepping a course I taught last Spring. It was all I needed it to be and more. The research is cited and several contemplative practices introduced in a form useful for classrooms. The bibliographies at the end of each chapter led me to further excellent discoveries. If you are considering adding a contemplative component to your classes, I can't imagine a better place to start.
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This book is a gem. Can we dare cultivate greater awareness in Academe? Have we remember how to ponder, how to tweak and test concepts with conscious thought in a context of quiet minds? We can cultivate a more contemplative and rational world!

It may be more short-term fun to multi-task and rationalize our slightest desires into products and services in a world of consumers, but what if we saw ourselves as citizens instead of consumers? This book helps bring us back to reality, just in time to help prepare our college students for life in a very real, but full of promise and opportunity, post-consumerist world.
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This book will serve as a sound starting point for someone interested in exploring applying contemplative practices to higher education. Its summary of the scientific research supporting benefits of mindfulness practices is sound and balanced -- not always the case in books on applied mindfulness. It is clearly written and provides a sufficient set of references to support further inquiry. The target education discussed is undergraduate. I'd like to find a book-length discussion of uses of contemplative practice in professional graduate education, which is where I teach. At the professional level, issues of stress, burnout, and mindfulness in communication with clients and work colleagues also have to be considered. But for what this book sets out to do, it's a fine source.
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I highly recommend this to anyone interested in this topic. We are using it extensively at my university.

Bonnie Shoultz
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