Contemplative Studies resources

  • University Contemplative Studies Programs:

Brown University:

Naropa University:

Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin:

Contemplative Sciences Center, University of Virginia:

Other Organizations:

TCU Contemplative Studies resources

Contemplative Studies books

Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation (Beacon Press, Reprint 2016).

Dan Harris, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story (Dey Street Books, 2014).

Rick Hanson, Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (New Harbinger Publications, 2009).

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (Hachette Books, 2005).

Louis Komjathy, Introducing Contemplative Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018).

Holly Rogers, MD and Margaret Maytan, MD, Mindfulness for the Next Generation: Helping Emerging Adults Manage Stress and Lead Healthier Lives (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Holly B. Rogers, MD, The Mindful Twenty-Something: Life Skills to Handle Stress…and Everything Else (New Harbinger Publications, 2016).

Judith Simmer-Brown and Fran Grace, eds.Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (SUNY, 2011).

Contemplative exercises 

-Silence to start a meeting, attend to breath, count to 10

-“Open monitoring” (MBSR “mindfulness”): detached, non-judgmental

-Observation of present thought/feeling flow

-Focused attention (as in body scan)

-Visualizations and guided imagery (“go to beach-lake-mountain”

-Metta (loving kindness) and Calm Lake exercises

-Walking (slowly): on campus, garden, labyrinth, nature (alternating senses), good for sleepiness

-Digital awareness exercise (need to assign or prepare the day before)

-Mentor/lineage exercise (need pen and paper), express gratitude to them

-“Second person” deep listening to others, group “interbeing” (centering as a group)

-Gratitude exercise: sit in circle, talk about gratitude while holding stone; pass stone around group and each person expresses gratitude

-Practicing kind speech, offering compliments

-Slow/conscious eating

-Yoga, tai chi and other movement exercises

-Reading sacred texts

-Contemplation of or with art or music