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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

SM
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!

AL
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 Cynthia H

Jan 15, 2018

I appreciate the way the information is presented,

By Golub V

Aug 8, 2017

Thank you very much! Very usefull and informative!

By Mara Z

Apr 21, 2017

Great curriculum, both theory and practical part.

By Jay M R

Feb 7, 2017

Best course for personal growth I've done online.

By Elyse G

Jan 30, 2020

Great course. A good mix of theory and practice.

By Melanie J

Sep 11, 2017

This is a great course for personal development!

By Elena V

Sep 7, 2017

Great course. Very thorough and very practical.

By Margarida C

Oct 22, 2016

It was everything I could think about and more.

By Nilabh P

Apr 19, 2020

Out standing course, I will not be same again.

By Alejandro P L

Oct 12, 2017

Very well structured and very good perspective

By Pamela P

Sep 5, 2017

Very well designed and implemented. Enjoyable.

By janet m

Feb 3, 2020

Outstanding thanks for the amazing experience

By Vítor O

Jun 11, 2018

Week 4 of this course. Best thing I ever did

By Marcelo B

Oct 15, 2017

Great course to know more about mindfulness!

By Michael S

Nov 2, 2020

Magnificent. Life saving if life be breath.

By Lise H

Sep 15, 2017

Very informative and useful for daily life.

By Georgina E

Nov 11, 2020

Amazing course! Very useful for everybody!

By Elisabeth d R

May 23, 2019

Great course, all topics very interesting!

By Rolando P

May 5, 2019

Great, Great, Course. Will recommend 100%

By D S

Feb 19, 2019

The best MOOC I´ve taken, easily ... kudos

By Kanika S

Jun 25, 2020

Phenomenal instructor! I learned a lot :)

By Patricia A P

Nov 19, 2017

This is an amazing course. Life-changing.

By Geraldo B J

May 26, 2017

Very nice presentation, very good content

By Anthony S B

Aug 13, 2017

Excellent!! help us to mastery ourselves

By Linda M

Aug 8, 2017

Very interesting and informative course.