You Want to Help the World? Meditate! Lessons From a College Classroom

January 6, 2015 2:39 AM

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This is no ordinary college classroom. The posted guidelines ask students to remove their shoes, turn off their mobile devices, and place all belongings into the cubbyholes for the 80-minute class session. There are no desks or chairs. No computers or projector screens. Arriving in silence, they choose a cushion and sit down on the floor.

It's common for college students to do a "semester abroad." What about a "semester within?" This classroom encourages the inward journey. It cultivates self-knowledge, implicit in the dictum "Know Thyself," honored as a foundation of liberal arts education.

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