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About the Course

Interest in meditation, mindfulness, and contemplation has grown exponentially in recent years. Rather than being seen as mystical practices from ancient Buddhism or esoteric philosophy, they are increasingly seen as technologies rooted in evidence from psychology and neuroscience. Mindfulness has become the basis for numerous therapeutic interventions, both as a treatment in healthcare and as a means of enhancing well-being and happiness. For millions around the world, mindfulness has become a life-style choice, enhancing and enriching everyday experience. Mindfulness is big business. But, what actually is mindfulness? Is it really good for you? Can anyone learn it? How can you recognize charlatans? Would you want to live in a mindful society, and would it smell like sandalwood? What does it feel like to be mindful? Are you mindful already, and how would you know? Evolving from the popular Honours Academy course at Leiden University, this innovative course combines conventional scholarly inquiry from multiple disciplines (ranging from psychology, through philosophy, to politics) with experiential learning (including specially designed ‘meditation labs,’ in which you’ll get chance to practice and analyze mindfulness on yourself). In the end, the course aims to provide a responsible, comprehensive, and inclusive education about (and in) mindfulness as a contemporary phenomenon. During the production of this course, we have been supported by Willem Kuyken, Director of the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre, and Stephen Batchelor, co-founder of Bodhi College. And we gratefully acknowledge the contributions made by Mark Williams, co-developer of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Rebecca Crane, Director of the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at the University of Bangor. We have recently added expert advice from Dawn Scott (Spirit Rock & Barre Centre for Buddhist Studies), Sydney Spears (University of Kansa), Elisabeth Stanley (Georgetown University), Susan Woods (Centre for Mindfulness Studies), Patricia Rockman (University of Toronto) and Jeff Corntassel (University of Victoria). "A deep and profound dive into the ethical, social, psychological, and philosophical implications of modern-day mindfulness practice. The course is not for the faint of heart, perhaps, but it is also full of practical, guided exercises for the uninitiated! Thank you for redefining my relationship to Mindfulness in a completely new and thought-provoking way" 28 april 2021 "The course enabled me to explore the mindfulness construct at its deeper lever from philosophical, psychological and political lenses. The mindfulness labs were very useful in practicing the skills of being mindful." 23 nov 2018 "i took this course after a period of time when I was trying to practice mindfulness and meditation, but with doubtful success. The course answered many questions to me, and I needed that to keep me motivated. It really helped me understand the origins and, more importantly, benefits of mindfulness practice and made me persist in my attempts. I'm really glad I took the course, I find it interesting, well taught and very useful for all those seeking deeper explanation in why trying mindfulness." 9 Oct 2018 "I have taken other courses in other online platforms. However, this has been one of the best courses I have found online." 3 Oct 2018 "I really like the invitation to us, the learners, to rethink our preconceptions and beliefs, and then make our own judgement about mindfulness. The overall tone was very friendly and open, resources very useful." 12 Dec 2017...

Top reviews

Jul 20, 2020

A course that will open your mind and heart. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt so much about Mindfulness and how I want to incorporate it into my daily life, relationships and personality. Thank you!

Nov 1, 2017

Awesome!\n\nLots of valuable theory, which includes uncovering fears and doubts. And the most important: practice. You can learn meditation here, and truly understand why the hell it's so important.

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By Elizabeth A M O

Sep 21, 2017

One of the best and most complete courses I've ever taken!

By Noreen C

Jun 24, 2017

Just an amazing course on awareness and living int he now.

By Dominique F

Jun 5, 2017

Great pace, fresh and stimulating material, science based.

By sue p

Feb 15, 2017

I found this course enlightening and practical, thank you.

By Rob J

Jun 22, 2020

great course, highly recommend this course for everyone.

By Baby B

Mar 11, 2018










class and it makes it so easy to understand.

By Domingos M L d S

Sep 9, 2020

very well structured and with very good content course.

By Andrew

Jul 2, 2017

The course is very good. Really high-quality materials.

By Judith S

May 28, 2017

Absolutely wonderful, so much to keep learning from it.

By Unai A

May 19, 2017

Very good approach to mindfulness. Is not all happiness

By Teresa G S

Feb 2, 2017

It's the best way to learn about this subject. Thanks .

By Hari N

Sep 19, 2017

Excellent course! Highly recommend it for everyone :-)

By Evelien E

Jun 30, 2018

Iam in week 2 of the course and already learned a lot

By Flavia L

Apr 3, 2018

Absolutely great course. Thank you Goto-Jones & Team!

By Alison C

Feb 22, 2018

An excellent course - I really enjoyed it, thank you!

By Samuel K K

Aug 28, 2020

Great insight to start off your mindfulness journey.

By Jane C L

Jun 12, 2020

A wonderful first experience with a MOOC! Thank you!

By Granada L

Sep 3, 2019

Wonderful course. Critical insight and practice too.

By Ani I

Sep 6, 2017

I loved this course, thanks for making it available.


Jan 24, 2021

It was a wonderful course, thank you from the heart

By Therese G

Nov 10, 2020

So interesting and helpful. Loved the instructor.

By Darling V D A

Jul 2, 2020

Great course, thank you for the knowledge provided

By Francois M

Aug 31, 2018

A unique course that combines theory and practice.

By Karina

Jun 10, 2018

Excellent course! really complete and challenging!

By Aleksandrova E J

Mar 20, 2018

Fantastic teacher & material! Plus practical part!