Option in Contemplative Studies

Contemplative Studies is the theoretical and applied exploration of contemplative traditions and practices. As an interdisciplinary field, it unites the Humanities, Social Sciences and Health Sciences in the study of the full range of human contemplative experiences. It employs first-person experiential modes of inquiry (including meditation) combined with traditional methods of analysis in the study of states of mind. It seeks to foster empathy, altruism, and creativity with the goal of advancing human flourishing.

The Contemplative Studies programme offers students the unique opportunity to discover the potential, and richness, of the human mind. This will be gained through the practice of meditation (in its different forms) and mindfulness practices, through the mindful use technology and information acquisition, and through the psychological study of positive mental states and human wellbeing. In addition, students will become acquainted with different contemplative and spiritual traditions of the West and Asia through a comparative historical and philosophical overview.    

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Mindfulness Meditation Classes at U Ottawa

The Academy offers a weekly class in mindfulness taught by Professor. Catherine Collobert.

Thursdays (in English) from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Hamelin (MHN) building room 509.

This series of classes starts on the 12th of September and end on the 5th of December. They will resume in January 2020

Catherine Collobert is Full Professor in the Department of Philosophy. Her research interests include contemplative philosophy in Ancient Greece and Buddhism (comparative studies).

You may contact Professor Collobert about these classes at Catherine.Collobert@uottawa.ca.

TED Talk on Mindfulness

New York Times Wellness Guide

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