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ERIC Number: EJ899975
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0194-3081
The Classroom Is a "Sangha": Contemplative Education in the Community College
Haight, Robert
New Directions for Community Colleges, n151 p29-38 Fall 2010
Contemplative education, including meditation, mindfulness, "lectio divina," and freewriting, regularly practiced in a classroom where a climate of "ahimsa" and nonjudgment are defining attitudes, can restore wholeness and foster engagement, imagination, and compassion in both instructors and students. This chapter proposes that a contemplative approach to education has the potential to lessen student anxiety, increase student happiness, and prepare students to build a personal foundation. With training in contemplative practices, students will be better prepared to meet future challenges that cannot be known in the present and will develop skills required to continue learning and growing as conditions continuously change. Contemplative practices can be infused into any course to help build increased attention, concentration, awareness, and compassion toward oneself and others.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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