New education offerings in contemplative practices

Monash University has announced it will develop a first-of-its-kind centre for unprecedented collaboration between philosophy, neuroscience, medicine, education and interfaith dialogue research and studies.

The world-first Monash Centre for Consciousness and Contemplative Studies will bring together humanities and science researchers from early 2022.

By combining consciousness research and contemplative studies, it will be the first of its kind in the world with a broad, interdisciplinary remit covering three interrelated domains:

  • Research: enabling multidisciplinary humanities and neuroscience research at the forefront of consciousness science and contemplative studies;
  • Education: making philosophical wisdom and contemplative practices relevant and accessible to the broadest possible audience both nationally and globally; and
  • Community engagement: fostering understanding  through cross-cultural and interfaith dialogue around contemplative practice traditions

Associate Professor Craig Hassed OAM, renowned mindfulness expert from Monash’s Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, will lead the education offering, with contemplative practices - mindfulness, meditation and contemplation - developed as core curriculum subjects and in-depth electives.

“Monash already has a reputation as a world leader in integrating contemplative practices, particularly mindfulness, into staff development and student education,” he said.

“Education will be a crucial platform to equip new generations of mindful leaders and contemplative practitioners. We want to provide public-facing educational opportunities for students, staff and industry partners that will allow for broad engagement with contemplative practice.”

The Centre will be developed following a transformational donation of $12million from Redbubble co-founder, Martin Hosking and his wife Loreto Hosking through their charitable organisation, Three Springs Foundation.

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