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The Great Courses To Release New Series of Lectures By Prof. Mark Muesse

Publication Date: 11/10/2011

Dr. Mark W. Muesse, associate professor of religious studies and director of the Asian Studies and Life Programs at Rhodes, will have a new series of lectures Practicing Mindfulness released Nov. 11 by The Great Courses (formerly known as The Teaching Company).

Practicing Mindfulness is a practical course that discusses and demonstrates the techniques of mindfulness, the skill of paying deliberate attention to ordinary experience as it unfolds. The discipline of mindfulness, which is enjoying increasing interest among psychologists and medical professionals, was developed 2,500 years ago in India by the Buddha and his followers. The fundamental instrument for cultivating mindfulness is meditation. Muesse has been a practitioner of the discipline for over 25 years. His new course explains the precise techniques involved in meditation as well as how these skills can be applied to gain greater insight into the operation of the mind and promote greater well-being.

The Great Courses features the latest scholarship taught by America′s top professors. Only about 100 professors nationwide are chosen as faculty members. The non-credit courses are available on DVD, audio CD, and other formats for lifelong learners.

Muesse already has produced three other lecture series and companion books for The Great Courses including The Great Religions: Hinduism; Religions of the Axial Age; and Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. All of his lecture series have garnered praise from readers and viewers from around the world.

At Rhodes, Muesse teaches courses in world religions, Asian philosophy, and spirituality. Recently, Muesse received the 2011 “Distinguished Service Award” from India’s Viswayogi Viswamji Foundation for Universal Integration and Peace. The award recognizes his work through writings and lectures to promote a greater understanding of Asian religions in the United States.

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