Jul 18, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog
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WAM-3040 Mindfulness Meditation

3 credits
Prerequisite(s): WAM-2040  or Permission of Instructor
Mindfulness Meditation was introduced in America by Chogum Trunpa Rinpoche and his lectures were captured in his book The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation in 1976.  His lectures offered a mind-body connective approach – versus a drug management approach – to managing stress and suffering.  His approach was supported by Dr. Herbert Benson’s research in the early 1970s as per how meditation enhanced immune response by reducing the stress response.  In the 1990s, Jon Kabat Zinn used Mindfulness Meditation as the basis for creating a natural pain treatment clinic in Massachusetts where people with advanced pain who could find no relief with traditional medical narcotic drugs or surgery could seek help.  This course presents fundamental principles and practice of Mindfulness Meditation designed to mobilize mind/body energies for balancing and complementing personal health and spiritual wellness.  Experiential exercises, journal writing, outside readings, home practice, and  off-campus weekly meetings plus two 8-hour, day-long retreats highlight the course experience. Fall semesters



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