M3CS offers a suite of resources, free to all. Here you can explore and practice mindfulness and contemplation.
Monash University offers two free online courses, designed and delivered, with the support of Monash University Campus Community Division, by M3CS’s Richard Chambers and Craig Hassed:
- Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance. Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing and work/study performance in this online course.
- Maintaining a Mindful Life. Learn how to apply mindfulness techniques, so you can improve your communication, relationships and emotional health.
These are among the world's most popular online mindfulness open access courses worldwide, being two of the highest rated online courses of all time by leading course aggregator Class Central. Together these courses have attracted more than 450,000 enrolments since the first course was offered in 2015.
These courses can be designed and delivered in a bespoke fashion for individual organisations – please see the Clients page and contact us for further details if your organisation is interested.
Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance
Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing and work/study performance in this online course.
Monash Centre For Consciousness and Contemplative Studies has created a podcast, hosted by M3CS Postdoctoral Researcher, Dr Mark Miller, and podcaster Jamie Slevin. The Contemplative Science Podcast has weekly episodes and is dedicated to the practical science of spirituality.
Episode 28: You Are Not Your Brain
Dr Jeffrey Schwartz is one of the world’s leading experts in neuroplasticity and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Jeffrey’s publications include You Are Not Your Brain and Brain Lock.
Episode 27: The Mindful College Student
Suffering isn’t new - but mindfulness can help. Joining to uncover the reasons and remedies for rising stress levels in young people, is Dr Eric Loucks. Professor, researcher and pioneer in the study of mindfulness and health, Eric recently authored The Mindful College Student - based on work that sees him teach and study the impact of introducing mindfulness to year groups who are still in cognitive development!
Episode 26: Understanding Anxiety
What are the mechanics of anxiety? How can we understand and alleviate it? Author, bodywork therapist and Assistant Professor at Brown University, Lynn has dedicated herself to combating mental health issues through movement and mindfulness.
Episode 25: Compassion, Wisdom and Training
Is compassion something you can train? Absolutely, according to our guest Dr Paul Condon. Co-writer of the Sustainable Compassion Training (SCT) model along with John Makransky, it provides a system of compassion and wisdom practices to enrich compassion in our daily lives.
Episode 24: The Self Made Simple
The ‘self’ in the Buddhist tradition is a complex and rich topic. Walking us smoothly through potentially choppy water is Monash University's Dr Monima Chadha, an Associate Professor in Philosophy.
Episode 23: The Equanimity Factor
How can equanimity improve the human experience? Joining today is author, lecturer and equanimity enthusiast Dr Joey Weber. Joey’s book Why Mindfulness Is Not Enough… paints a fascinating picture in which equanimity is a bridge that moves mindfulness to compassion. A deeply engaging expert in his field, we discuss why mindfulness needs purpose and how you can become more equanimous - for the good of our interconnected human experience.
Episode 22: Mindfulness and Education: Professor Craig Hassed
How can we effectively integrate mindfulness into education? Monash University's very own Professor Craig Hassed is an author and internationally renowned mindfulness expert.
Episode 21: The Podcast So Far: A Fireside Conversation
Hosts Jamie Slevin and Dr Mark Miller reflect on the lessons of the podcast so far. Mixing in their own experiences with the key themes of the Contemplative Science Podcast, Mark and Jamie share their thoughts on what we've covered so far.
Episode 20: The Complexity Wanderer
Did you know that living beings defy the 2nd law of thermodynamics? Joining us for a fascinating discussion is Dr Ines Hipolito, a self-described ‘complexity wanderer’. Recently co-founding the European Institute for Global Well-being, her research develops and applies frameworks on the nature of cognition. We dive into the free energy principle, the relationship of digitisation and wellbeing, and why ‘cognition is everything that we do’!
Episode 19: How to Deal with Change: Lessons from a Buddhist Nun
Change is a hugely challenging part of the human experience. Today, we're joined by author, Buddhist teacher and former nun Kaira Jewel Lingo. Sharing philosophies and learnings to help us deal with change, Kaira walks us through the role equanimity and impermanence in dealing with change.
Episode 18: Getting The Dose Right: How Much Mindfullness?
What is the ideal dose of mindfulness? Like with any medicine, dose is a complex topic. Sharing her research is Dr Sarah Strohmaier, psychology lecturer and mindfulness researcher at Canterbury Christ Church University. Does bigger dose equal bigger benefit? How do we measure such subjective outcomes?
Episode 17: Guidance, Hypnosis and Tibetan practice: Dr Michael Lifshitz on well-being
In this episode, we cover hypnosis, the power of suggestion, and its comparisons to meditation practice; The social construct of the concept of wellness: what it means to be well! And cognitive research on expert tulpamancers - to see what’s going on under the hood. Dr Michael Lifshitz is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University and Jewish General Hospital, Montreal. Alumnus of McGill and Stanford University, he studies practices that aim to transform our subjective experience - including meditation, hypnosis, placebo, prayer and psychedelics.
Episode 16: Wellbeing and Psychedelics: caution, potential and meditation
Adam Safron is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at The Centre for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research at Johns Hopkins Medicine. A meditation practitioner himself, his work centres on characterising the nature of preferences and motivation. In this episode, we cover: Theories and discussion relating to the use of psychedelics to help wellbeing, How psychedelics create a period of plasticity in the brain and Discussion relating to psychedelics and their potential for enhancing freewill.
Episode 15: Self Love and Enlightenment
Janusz Welin discusses learning how to fall in love with every part of ourselves. And if we can't, then to love that we can't. You know, sometimes you'll be guiding someone and they'll say: I feel so blocked. There's so much block. It's like: great! Let's fall in love with that block. Why are we trying to get through this thing? It's so blocky. It's cosmically blocky. It's just doing such a good job at stopping the emotion. Like let's just take a minute and really love that.
Episode 14: Windows of Tolerance: the science of how to practice gently
More meditation does not always equal more progress! We are delighted to have the opportunity to share research from our very own Dr Mark Miller. Mark is a veteran meditator who supports anecdotes from his personal practice with scientific evidence and phenomenological discussion. Sharing insights from a recent paper, we break down the ‘self’, dissociative disorders and windows of tolerance to encourage a gentle and committed meditation practice.
Episode 13: The 5 Contemplative Landmarks
What are the five contemplative landmarks? And what do they say about our meditation practice? This episode we probe into the research of philosopher and meditation researcher Terje Sparby. Terje is a master meditator, whose work brings together the worlds of neuroscience, spirituality and community.
Episode 12: Meditation, the Brain and Meta-cognitive Awareness
How can you fundamentally change your relationship with the external world? Joining the podcast to share the messages of the very latest cognitive research on yoga and meditation is Harvard Medical School's Sara Lazar. Sara’s research explores the brain at varying stages of life: tracking the effects of mindfulness on its composition and capability, and the applications this can have in patient care.
Episode 11: Collective Trauma and Recovery
What do you know about trauma? Joining the podcast to lift the lid on the weight of individual and collective trauma, is Michelle Cassandra Johnson. Activist, author, anti-racism consultant and yoga teacher - Michelle talks candidly on personal experiences, generational trauma and the whitewashing of yoga.
Episode 10: The Black History of Yoga
How much do you know about Kemetic Yoga? If you're like most people, not much! Enter Kemetic Yoga legend Yirser Ra Hotep, master instructor of Yoga and the creator of the YogaSkills Method. Yirser joins to lift the lid on the origins and principles of yoga-like practices in Africa, and how he translates this research into real life applications.
Episode 09: The Science of Romantic Love
References to romantic love is everywhere - in music, in films and in our lives. But what is actually happening when we fall in love? Diving into the heart of the matter is leading expert Dr Lucy Brown. Lucy's research is at the crossroads of love, neuroscience and meditation. Chatting to Mark and Jamie, Lucy reveals what happens in the brain during early love, committed relationships and heartbreak - and why knowing oneself is fundamental for fulfilment.
Episode 08: Pain, Brains and Reality
Can mindfulness aid addiction, depression and pain? Antoine Lutz, a pioneering researcher of contemplative practices is fascinated by the ways in which we perceive negative thoughts as tangible and real - but more importantly, what we can do to change them.
Episode 07: The Authentic Happiness Episode
What is authentic happiness? And how can you find it? Enter Doug Veenhof. Doug describes happiness as a 'process of subtraction'. Sharing his experiences as meditator and teacher at the Center for Contemplative Research, Doug talks religion, neuroscience and the fundamental difference between Eudaimonia and hedonic pleasure. Join us for a disarming and radical approach to achieving happiness.
Episode 06: The Well-Being Curriculum
Why isn’t wellbeing part of the school curriculum? Asking the question and doing the research is Dr Dusana Dorjee, a cognitive neuroscientist whose research uncovers how mindfulness impacts wellbeing.
Episode 05: Mysticism and Modern Healthcare: how Psychiatry and spirituality interact
How does modern psychiatry interact with the mystical, psychedelic or magical? With difficulty! Dr Daniel Ingram is attempting to change that. As a key member of the The Emergent Phenomenology Research Consortium (The EPRC), Daniel is on a mission to ‘tool up’ modern medicine to deal with the results of the spiritual path. This episode dives into the nature of spiritual development, emergent phenomena and the challenges of helping healthcare deal with the weird and wonderful of the spiritual path.
Episode 4: Why I am Not a Buddhist
Evan Thompson is a professor of philosophy at the University of British Columbia. His publications include ‘Why I Am Not a Buddhist’ and ‘Waking, Dreaming, Being...’ - tackling topics which join Western and Buddhist philosophies in dialogue.
Episode 03: An introduction to Indigenous Contemplative Science
What are the main differences between western and indigenous contemplative science? Enter Dr Yuria Celidwen, a Native of Indigenous Nahua and Maya descent. As Yuria explains, indigenous contemplative practices focus on the community, rather than just the self. If I flourish, the planet flourishes. We explore cognitive imperialism, individualist attitudes and the fundamental importance of intention.
Episode 02: The Meaning Crisis (and what to do about it)
We’re living in the midst of the meaning crisis. Enter Dr John Vervaeke. The world’s leading expert in diagnosing the spiritual, practical and cognitive causes of increasing isolation and disillusionment.
Episode 01: What is the Bottleneck to Well-being?
Julianna Raye is the CEO of Unified Mindfulness. She specialises in the teachings of Shinzen Young, has completed more than 20,000 hours of formal training, and has even had her brain studied by scientists. Join Jamie, Mark to hear about Julianna's journey with meditation. Listen to the episode here
Videos, interviews, and podcasts:
R U OK? Sunshine FM. DRIVE interview with Bec and Jeziel with Craig Hassed on mental health and wellbeing issues affecting Australians.
The Self Made Simple with Monima Chadha. The Contemplative Science Podcast hosts interview Monima Chadha on the Buddhist view of the 'self'.
Mindfulness and Education. The Contemplative Science Podcast hosts interview Craig Hassed on the theories, benefits and practicalities of mindfulness training in education settings.
Discovering THE ESSENCE of Mindfulness with Craig Hassed. Dr Arun’s Under the ‘Knife’ Series features transformational conversations with world experts to dissect modern-day challenges that keep us from ultimate health and healing.
The House of Wellness – Season 6, Episode 10. The cast interview Craig Hassed on chronic stress and its impact on health.
Consciousness Unconstrained, interview with Jennifer Windt and Tom Drummond at The Wheeler Centre in partnership with Melbourne Monash Consciousness Research.
Consciousness and contemplation, Jakob Hohwy speaks on ABC Radio National's The Philosopher's Zone Podcast.
The emerging importance of psychoneuroimmunology, Craig Hassed interviewed by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on FX Medicine's podcast.
Being awake while sleeping, being asleep while awake, a youtube recording of talk by Dr Thomas Andrillon at Tokyo Consciousness Club.
Compassion in healthcare: Are we on track or is there more that can be done? Presentation at Turning Point by Debbie Ling.
Karma, the pandemic and politics in India. Soul Search with Dr Meredith Lake on ABC featuring Sadhguru and Monima Chadha.
What's behind the Buddha's smile? Monima Chadha interviewed on ABC's Radio National.
Indian Philosophy. Monima Chadha on the ABS’s Philosopher’s Zone.
Religious diversity. Monima Chadha interviewed by Dan Halliday on ABC's Ethics Matters.
The problem of consciousness. Wheeler Centre conversation with Jakob Hohwy and Prof Olivia Carter, hosted by Hilary Harper.
Mindfulness & the mind-body relationship. presentation at the Asia-Pacific Mindfulness Conference, Singapore, by Craig Hassed.
Hustle culture: the drive to achieve. Jakob Hohwy interviewed on Dr Susan Carland's podcast What Happens Next?
The science of mindfulness. Craig Hassed explains to Smiling Mind.
The Essence of Health. Craig Hassed interviewed by Mental Health Foundation - India.
Mindfulness: defeating distraction and amplifying awareness. TEDxUniMelb, by Richard Chambers.
The science of meditation. ABC's Catalyst program, featuring Richard Chambers and Neil Bailey.
A list of popular and introductory articles, presentations and books (see also M3CS's research publications):
Mindfulness - Ask the Expert. An interview with Craig Hassed in The Beacon Magazine (online pgs 8-9)
Personhood in Classical Indian Philosophy. Entry in the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy written by Monima Chadha
Indian philosophy and the value of transformative experiences. An interview with Monima Chadha by Edvard Avilés & Matthieu Koroma in Alius magazine.
The Link Between Wandering and Sleeping Minds, The Scientist article featuring Jennifer Windt and Thomas Andrillon
Mind matters: A new approach to consciousness and contemplation, Monash Lens article by Jakob Hohwy & Monima Chadha
Bearing it in mind: Being more than just OK on RU OK? Day, Monash Lens Article by Craig Hassed
Common Humanity - The Basis for Unbiased Universal Compassion, presentation by Debbie Ling
Perceptual Experience and Concepts in Classical Indian Philosophy, Monima Chadha in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Yoga, mindfulness and meditation: Is the commercialisation of spirituality all that bad? article featuring Monima Chadha on ABC Radio National's site.