Online Course: Buddhist Meditation And The Modern World

Coursera is offering another free online course (13 weeks), Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World. It will be co-taught by two University of Virginia professors of religion. Here is a short description but the course does not start till January 2015.

Buddhist Meditation & the Modern World introduces students to (i) the history of Buddhist contemplative traditions in India and Tibet (meditation, yoga, mindfulness, visualization, etc.), (ii) innovations in scientific research on understanding such contemplative practices, (iii) recent adaptations of such practices in multiple professional and personal areas, and (iv) the practices themselves through brief secular contemplative exercises. The course will be co-taught by David Germano and Kurtis Schaeffer, and will include extensive contributions from scientists, people involved with integrating practice, and Tibetan Buddhist teachers.


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