Collins Living Learning Center | The Art of Meditation
L100 | 12203 | Doug Hanvey

In this course you will learn and practice mindfulness, the essential meditation practice of
Buddhism. In addition to meditating, you will read, discuss and write about several core
concerns of Eastern philosophy, including the nature of consciousness, reality, time, self, and
the ultimate goal of spiritual enlightenment. We will specifically focus on the role of spiritual
practice in the context of relationships, living, and dying. Note that this will not be an easy
"activity" class (or in this case a "non-activity class"). While we will meditate regularly and
intensively, the discussion component of this class will be equally emphasized. In fact, you
may discover that meditation is more rigorous than you thought it would be, and the
philosophical ideas you will learn about may turn your world upside down and inside out
(which is also the fun of it). You may be challenged at the deepest levels of your being –
intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, perhaps even physically. But as a saying goes,
“Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”