Fall 2015: Meditative, Mindful, & Happy! - NCTH 114



Fall 2015: Meditative, Mindful, & Happy! - NCTH 114


Mon. Sep 14, 2015 - Mon. Nov 2, 2015 (8 weeks)
Every Monday from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Darden Room 40

Who doesn’t want to be happy and enjoy an enhanced quality of life? The problem is that we don’t always know what will make us happy -- or even if we do, we seem unable to get there. This eight-session class explores the spiritual roots of mindfulness in Buddhist and other classic meditation traditions alongside academic and scientific study of the role that mindfulness plays in human flourishing. Lectures and discussions will compare the practical understanding of ancient, modern, Asian, and European philosophical and empirical views of what constitutes happiness. Students will be introduced to basic practices of meditation and how to integrate them as a resource for the cultivation of happiness. Recommended Text: Rick Hanson’s The Buddha’s Brain
Instructor: Kenneth Rose is a professor of philosophy and religious studies and the director of the religious studies program at Christopher Newport University. He holds a PhD in religion from Harvard University and a master of divinity from Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of Pluralism: The Future of Religion and the forthcoming Yoga, Meditation, and Mysticism: Contemplative Landmarks and Religious Universals, in addition to many scholarly articles and reviews.
No class October 12.
This course is offered by the School of Continuing & Professional Studies.
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