Meditation in Higher Education: The Next Wave?
Innovative Higher Education
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2003
Source ID: shanti-sources-22341
Zotero Collections: Contemplation by Applied Subject, Music and Contemplation, Music Learning and Contemplation, Humanities and Contemplation, Art and Contemplation, Higher Education and Contemplation, Education and Contemplation
Abstract: This article describes the design and advocacy of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz and Contemplative Studies curriculum at The University of Michigan School of Music. The curriculum combines meditation practice and related studies with jazz and overall musical training and is part of a small but growing movement in academia that seeks to integrate contemplative disciplines within the educational process. The article considers issues such as the structure of the curriculum, the reconciliation of contemplative studies and conventional notions of academic rigor, the avoidance of possible conflicts between church and state, and other challenges encountered in gaining support for this plan, after weeks of intensive debate, from a 2/3 majority of the faculty.