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Contemplative Studies

Syllabus Project

The Syllabus Project gathers syllabi from contemplative courses from faculty and universities around the United States and beyond. We are grateful to the educators who have agreed to share their syllabi with the larger academic community. If you are a university professor and would like your syllabus added, please contact Dr. Louis Komjathy.

As this list and a perusal of the syllabi indicate, there are diverse approaches to Contemplative Studies. These approaches depend on the personal affinities and commitments of the associated faculty member as well as on their disciplinary location and institutional context. Some of the courses focus on spirituality formation, while others are more strictly liberal arts courses. Some are taught within church-based universities, while others are taught at private, liberal arts or research universities.

The syllabi are offered as models and opportunities for reflection. Through critical reflection, educators may identify their own commitments and potential approach to "contemplative pedagogy."

"Christian Formation" by Richard Steele (Seattle Pacific University)

"Contemplative Practice Seminar" by Naropa Faculty (Naropa University)

"Contemplative Studies" by Sarah Williams (Evergreen State College)

"Contemplative Traditions" by Louis Komjathy (University of San Diego)

"Foundations and Methods for the Study of Spirituality" by Mary Frohlich (Catholic Theological Union)

"Introduction to Contemplative Studies" by Harold Roth (Brown University)

"Knowing Body/Glowing Mind" by Anne Klein (Rice University)

"Meditation, Service, and Social Action" by John Makransky (Boston College)

"Theory and Practice of Buddhist Meditation" by Harold Roth (Brown University)