RLST 2650 - Meditation: Ancient and Modern Course uri icon



  • Explores the roots of today's mindfulness movement in ancient forms of Buddhist meditation. Topics covered include the array of meditation techniques in Buddhism, colonial-period origins of lay meditation in Asia, Buddhism's transmission to North America and Europe in the 20th century, the emergence of secular forms of mindfulness, and scientific studies on mindfulness and compassion.


  • Gayley, Holly  
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024