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Professor Mark W. Muesse, Ph.D.

Professor Mark W. Muesse
  • Rhodes College
  • Harvard University
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Mindfulness allows us to become keen observers of ourselves and gradually transform the way our minds operate.

Dr. Mark W. Muesse is W. J. Millard Professor of Religious Studies, Director of the Asian Studies Program, and Director of the Life: Then and Now Program at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in English Literature from Baylor University and a Master of Theological Studies, a Master of Arts, and a Ph.D. in the Study of Religion from Harvard University. Before taking his position at Rhodes, Professor Muesse held positions at Harvard College, Harvard Divinity School, and the University of Southern Maine, where he served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a recipient of the 2008 Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching, Rhodes College's highest faculty honor. Known for his experiential teaching style, Professor Muesse was honored for his effective use of imaginative and creative pedagogy as well as his ability to motivate his students toward lifelong study. Professor Muesse has written many articles, papers, and reviews in world religions, spirituality, theology, and gender studies and has coedited a collection of essays titled Redeeming Men: Religion and Masculinities. He is currently compiling an anthology of prayers from around the world. Professor Muesse is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion and has been Visiting Professor at the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary in Madurai, India. He has traveled extensively throughout Asia and has studied at Wat Mahadhatu, Bangkok, Thailand; the Himalayan Yogic Institute, Kathmandu, Nepal; the Subodhi Institute of Integral Education, Sri Lanka; and Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

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"I've been interested in meditation for the last few years but could not fully grasp the concept. No matter how many books I read on it felt intimidating to embrace meditation. Professor Muesse changed all that for me."

 

"Dr. Muesee has practical, working knowledge of his subject. He presents it in an easy-going style. He describes his own struggles with meditation and his path of growth resulting from his personal meditation. He is an excellent teacher and mentor for mindfulness."

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  1. Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    Mark W. Muesse
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Learn how to better live in harmony with the realities of the world and to feel more deeply connected to the whole of life with Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation. In these 24 lectures, award-winning Professor Mark W. Muesse gives you a clear and useable understanding of the essence of meditation and how to practice it. You'll learn the principles and techniques of sitting meditation; the related...
  2. Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad Sale

    Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad

    Mark W. Muesse
    Save up to $275.00 Starting at $49.95 $99.95 $49.95$99.95
    Discover new perspectives on the moral and spiritual precepts on which much of human civilization is built with Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Award-winning Professor Mark W. Muesse takes you deep inside the life stories and legacies of these four iconic figures. He reveals their core teachings and sheds new light on the history that underlies their phenomenal, enduring impact on how we see and think about...
  3. Religions of the Axial Age: An Approach to the World's Religions Sale

    Religions of the Axial Age: An Approach to the World's Religions

    Mark W. Muesse
    Save up to $220.00 Starting at $29.95 $34.95 $29.95$34.95
    What could the beliefs and traditions of a Zoroastrian, a person of Jewish faith, a Buddhist, a follower of Confucius, and a Christian have in common? How do religions evolve over time? Religions of the Axial Age offers a rare opportunity to relate your own spiritual questions to a variety of ancient quests for meaning and transcendence. Professor Mark W. Muesse shows you the historical conditions in which the world...
  4. Great World Religions: Hinduism

    Great World Religions: Hinduism

    Mark W. Muesse
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $199.95 $89.95$199.95
    Great World Religions: Hinduism provides you with an engaging window into the roots of a faith that is perhaps the most diverse of all, and which rejects the notion that there is one path to the divine. Over the course of Hinduism's 5,000-year journey, you'll explore the pantheon of Hindu gods and goddesses; the sacred writings in the Vedas, the Bhagavad-gita, and the Upanishads; the Aryan language of Sanskrit; and...
  5. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Alexander the Great. Jesus. Darwin. Churchill. These are just a few of the revolutionary individuals who have transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History is a unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog—one that takes you across time and around the globe to offer piercing insights into some of history’s most transformative figures.
  6. (Set)  Essentials of Strength Training & Practicing Mindfulnes Set

    (Set) Essentials of Strength Training & Practicing Mindfulnes

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $309.90 Starting at $309.90 $354.90 $309.90$354.90
  7. (Set) Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
    Get a comprehensive knowledge of the world's religions in this intriguing two-course set. In Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know, learn the basic teachings, symbols, practices, founders, institutions, and values of the world's religious traditions. And in Great World Religions, 2nd Edition, explore the teachings, culture, and influence on civilization of the world's five...
  8. (Set) Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World & Great World Religions  Set

    (Set) Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World & Great World Religions

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $699.70 Starting at $699.70 $1,519.70 $699.70$1,519.70
    Explore the breathtaking varieties of the religious experience in these two illuminating courses. Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World takes you back to ancient history and reveals how various civilizations coped with the mysteries of life in their own unique ways. Then, penetrate the rich spiritual heart of the world's five great faiths—Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism—in...
  9. (Set) Introduction to the Study of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Introduction to the Study of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
  10. (Set) Peoples and Cultures of the World & Great World Religions  Set

    (Set) Peoples and Cultures of the World & Great World Religions

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
    Discover a wealth of fascinating information about human societies and their belief systems. Peoples and Cultures of the World shows you how cultural anthropology helps us understand the world's diverse societies. Then, explore the intricate belief systems of some of these societies in Great World Religions, 2nd Edition, which takes you inside the heart of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
  11. (Set)  Practicing Mindfulness & Religions of the Axial Age Set

    (Set) Practicing Mindfulness & Religions of the Axial Age

    Mark W. Muesse
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  12. (Set)  Great World Religions & Old Testament Set

    (Set) Great World Religions & Old Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
  13. (Set) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication  Set

    (Set) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Explore the nature of some of the world's greatest religions by looking at their founding figures. First, in Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad, go inside the life stories, profound teachings, and enduring legacies of these four iconic figures. Next, in Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication, explore the variety of provocative writings followed by some of Christianity's...
  14. (Set) Religions of the Axial Age & Great World Religions  Set

    (Set) Religions of the Axial Age & Great World Religions

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
    How has religious experience changed and diversified throughout history? Discover the fascinating answer to this question in Religions of the Axial Age: An Approach to the World's Religions—which shows you the historical conditions in which the world's faiths arose—and in Great World Religions, 2nd Edition, which explores the history and growth of the world's five major faiths.
  15. (Set) Great World Religions, 2nd Edition & New Testament  Set

    (Set) Great World Religions, 2nd Edition & New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
    Explore the history and nature of faith as it's practiced around the world. The 60 enjoyable and informative lectures of Great World Religions, 2nd Edition give you an insider's look at Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. New Testament draws on modern biblical scholarship, recent archaeological discoveries, and careful literary analysis to trace the history of the New Testament and the early...
  16. (Set) The Science of Natural Healing & Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation  Set

    (Set) The Science of Natural Healing & Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  17. (Set)  The Great Ideas of Humankind Set

    (Set) The Great Ideas of Humankind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $3,754.40 Starting at $3,754.40 $3,754.40 $3,754.40$3,754.40
  18. (Set) Mind-Body Medicine: The New Science of Optimal Health & Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation  Set

    (Set) Mind-Body Medicine: The New Science of Optimal Health & Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  19. (Set) Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know & Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad  Set

    (Set) Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know & Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Get a comprehensive knowledge of the world's religions, both large and small, in this intriguing two-course set. First, in Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know, learn the basic teachings, symbols, practices, founders, institutions, and values of the world's religious traditions. Then, in Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad, discover new perspectives on the moral and...
  20. (Set) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.70 Starting at $649.70 $1,374.70 $649.70$1,374.70
    Illuminate your understanding of four spiritual teachers and five major world faiths with this comprehensive two-course set. First, discover new perspectives on the moral and spiritual precepts on which much of human civilization is built with Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Then, investigate the history and nature of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism in Great World Religions, 2nd Edition.
  21. (Set) Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.70 Starting at $649.70 $1,374.70 $649.70$1,374.70
    Embark on a grand journey through the nature of religious experience as it is lived and felt around the world with this two-course set. Start with a detailed look at the mystical aspects of the three Abrahamic faiths with Mystical Traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Then, in the 60 lectures of Great World Religions, 2nd Edition, get an insider's look at Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism...
  22. (Set) Philosophy of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Philosophy of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.70 Starting at $649.70 $1,374.70 $649.70$1,374.70
    Approach religion from a spiritual and philosophical perspective in this two-course set delivered by a team of expert religion scholars. First, investigate the history and nature of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism in Great World Religions, 2nd Edition. Next, explore piercing questions about divine existence with the tools of epistemology—the branch of philosophy that concerns itself with...
  23. (Set) Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation & Stress and Your Body  Set

    (Set) Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation & Stress and Your Body

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Discover the harmful consequences of stress and learn how you can reduce it, enhance your sense of well-being, and sharpen your mental abilities with this two-course set by two master teachers: Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation and Stress and Your Body.
  24. (Set)  Scientific Secrets for Self-Control & Practicing Mindfu Set

    (Set) Scientific Secrets for Self-Control & Practicing Mindfu

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.90 Starting at $199.90 $354.90 $199.90$354.90
  25. (Set) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & Exploring the Roots of Religion  Set

    (Set) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & Exploring the Roots of Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Illuminate your understanding of spirituality with these two courses on great religious leaders and the fascinating remains of the world's earliest religions. In Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad, examine the core teachings and thoughts of each of these four iconic individuals. And in Exploring the Roots of Religion, join an archaeologist on an exploration of sacred buildings, complexes, and artwork that have...
  26. (Set)  Buddhism & Religions of the Axial Age Set

    (Set) Buddhism & Religions of the Axial Age

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  27. (Set) Religion Super Set - 11 courses Set

    (Set) Religion Super Set - 11 courses

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,299.45 Starting at $1,299.45 $2,649.45 $1,299.45$2,649.45
    This in-depth course set takes you deep into the heart of religion as it is felt and practiced around the world and illuminates your understanding of five major faiths. Introduction to the Study of Religion provides a vibrant first look at the discipline known as religious studies, while Great World Religions, 2nd Edition investigates the history and nature of the world's five major faiths: Judaism, Christianity,...
  28. (Set) History of Ancient Egypt & Great World Religions  Set

    (Set) History of Ancient Egypt & Great World Religions

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $699.70 Starting at $699.70 $1,519.70 $699.70$1,519.70
    In History of Ancient Egypt, award-winning Professor Bob Brier guides you through the full 3,000 years of recorded ancient Egyptian history. Then, venture into the history and nature of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism in the 60 enjoyable and informative lectures of Great World Religions, 2nd Edition.
  29. (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!! Set

    (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!!

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $859.80 Starting at $859.80 $1,019.80 $859.80$1,019.80
    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get Practicing Mindfulness; The Everyday Guide to Wine; Building Great Sentences; and The World's Greatest Paintings in a single four-course set for one amazingly low price! This special offer is the perfect way to sample some of the fascinating subjects, engaging professors, and profound insights you can find only...
  30. (Set) Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation & Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad  Set on sale

    (Set) Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation & Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad

    Mark W. Muesse
    Save up to $478.00 Starting at $75.90 $151.90 $75.90$151.90
    Explore new ways to live in harmony with the world, both in thought and in practice, with this illuminating two-course set. In Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation, get a clear and useable understanding of the essence of meditation and the various ways you can practice it. And in Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad, learn about the core teachings, thoughts, and legacies of these four iconic...