Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies

Title

Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies

Department/School

Religious Studies

Summary

Meditation and the Classroom inventively articulates how educators can use meditation to educate the whole student. Notably, a number of universities have initiated contemplative studies options and others have opened contemplative spaces. This represents an attempt to address the inner life. It is also a sign of a new era, one in which the United States is more spiritually diverse than ever before. Examples from university classrooms and statements by students indicate benefits include increased self-awareness, creativity, and compassion.

The religious studies scholars who have contributed to this book often teach about meditation, but here they include reflections on how meditation has affected them and their teaching. Until recently, though, even many religious studies professors would find sharing meditation experiences, let alone teaching meditation techniques, a breach of disciplinary and academic protocols. The value of teaching meditation and teaching about meditation is discussed. Ethical issues such as pluralism, respect, qualifications, power and coercion, and avoiding actual or perceived proselytization are also examined. While methods for religious studies are emphasized, the book provides valuable guidance for all those interested in this endeavor.

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ISBN

978-1-4384-3787-3

Publication Date

8-1-2011

Publisher

SUNY Press

Series Title

SUNY Series in Religious Studies

Place of Publication

Albany, NY

Keywords

meditation, education, teaching, contemplative studies

Disciplines

Movement and Mind-Body Therapies | Other Religion

Comments

Edited by Judith A. Simmer-Brown and Fran Grace

Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies

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