Mark W. Muesse, Ph.D. is the W. J. Millard Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Asian Studies Program at Rhodes College. In conjunction with The Great Courses he has developed a series of twenty-four, thirty minute video lectures introducing meditation as the foundational technique for fostering mindfulness. In this lecture series he covers the following topics:

Mindlessness—the default setting

Mindfulness—the power of awareness

Expectations—relinquishing preconceptions

Preparation—taking moral inventory

Position—where to be for meditation

Breathing—finding a focus for attention

Problems—stepping-stones to mindfulness

Body—attending to our physical natures

Mind—working with thoughts

Walking—mindfulness while moving

Consuming—watching what you eat

Driving—staying awake at the wheel

Insight—clearing the mind

Wisdom—seeing the world as it is

Compassion—expressing fundamental kindness

Imperfection—embracing our flaws

Wishing—may all beings be well and happy

Generosity—the joy of giving

Speech—training the tongue

Anger—cooling the fires of irritation

Pain—embracing physical discomfort

Grief—learning to accept loss

Finitude—living in the face of death

Life—putting it all in perspective

Again, this lecture series can be purchased through The Great Courses or rented from various libraries.


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