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CourseraBuddhist Meditation and the Modern World [Link]

You can now sign up for free for this coursera course with instructors David Germano and Kurtis Schaeffer. It is scheduled to start in June and will feature 13 weeks of study at 2-6 hours of study a week. Highly recommended!

“Introduces students to (i) the history of Buddhist contemplative traditions in India and Tibet (meditation, yoga, mindfulness, visualization, etc.), (ii) innovations in scientific research on understanding such contemplative practices, (iii) recent adaptations of such practices in multiple professional and personal areas, and (iv) the practices themselves through brief secular contemplative exercises.

The course will be co-taught by David Germano and Kurtis Schaeffer, and will be include extensive contributions from scientists, people involved with integrating in practice, and Tibetan Buddhist teachers.

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9780415637336Miller, Lisa Dale: Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine Mental Health Through Awakened Presence. New York: Routledge, 2014. (252 p. ISBN 978-0-415-63733-6)

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Make no mistake, but relax your efforts: If genuine mental health means offering up the illusion of self, then this is not your usual mindful-ness manual. Effortless Mindfulness reveals the understanding behind the technique of mindfulness and points to further possibilities of integrating Buddhist psychology with western clinical work.

The book will make you start where you are (chapter 1) and guide you towards loving life as it and genuine mental health (chapters 7-9). This path consists of knowing the conditioned mind (chapter 2) and how it links to mental health disorders (chapter 3), but also knowing the unconditioned mind (chapter 4), the fully awakened heart (chapter 5) and spontaneous awakened presence (chapter 6).

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coverBobish, Greg, Trudi Jacobson (eds.): The Information Literacy User’s Guide: An Open, Online Textbook. Open SUNY Textbooks, 2014.

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As students, researchers, and practitioners we find ourselves today in an information-infused and technology-rich environment. This guide on critical concepts of information literacy will …

make navigating today’s complex information ecosystem much more manageable.

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