Recommended Reading


The Research Academy recommends the following chapter from To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development, Volume 31, as a comprehensive introduction to the role of contemplation and mindful learning in holistic and scholastic student academic development.

Daniel Barbezat and Allison Pingree contributed "Contemplative Pedagogy: The Special Role of Teaching and Learning Centers" to To Improve the Academy, a Jossey-Bass publication for the Professional and Organizational Development Network (POD). View/download the .pdf or visit for more information.

To supplement your reading, consider listening to this conversation with Daniel Barbezat of Amherst College and Alexios Moore, Xavier University, on teaching, learning and contemplative pedagogy was the subject of the "Teaching Learning and Everything Else" podcast posted on November 27, 2012: 
Conversation #17: Contemplative Pedagogy.


The Research Academy has available the following books in our collection for loan. We invite you to browse this selection and to send us your recommendations for readings related to meditation, contemplative pedagogy, and spirituality as it pertains to teaching and learning in higher education.

  Encouraging Authenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education - Arthur W. Chickering; Hardcover. Jossey-Bass, 2005.
  Educating for Wisdom and Compassion: Creating Conditions for Timeless Learning - John P. Miller; Paperback, Corwin Press, 2005.
  Practicing Mortality: Art, Philosophy, and Contemplative Seeing - Christopher A. Dustin, Joanna E. Ziegler; Paperback, Palgrave MacMillan, 2007.
  Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life - Thich Nhat Hanh, et al; Paperback, Bantam, 1992.
  Encountering Faith in the Classroom: Turning Difficult Discussions into Constructive Engagement - Miriam R. Diamond; Paperback. Stylus Publications, 2008.
  Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness: A Guide for Anyone Who Teaches Anything - Deborah Schoeberlein; Paperback. Wisdom Publications, 2009.
   A Buddhist in the Classroom - Sid Brown; Paperback. State University of New York Press, 2008.
  Meditation As Contemplative Inquiry: When Knowing Becomes Love - Arthur Zajonc; Paperback. Lindesfarne Press, 2008.
  Contemplation Nation: How Ancient Practices Are Changing the Way We Live - Mirabai Bush; Paperback. CreateSpace, 2011.
  Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama - Daniel Goleman; Paperback. Bantam, 2004.
  The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes - Andy Karr, Michael Wood; Paperback. Shambhala, 2011. View this short video of author Andy Karr on "Seeing".

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