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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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"Professor Muesse does an outstanding job at presenting the techniques to practice successful meditation and outlines realistic benefits and what to expect while you learn to practice meditation."

 

"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

    Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad

    Mark W. Muesse
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    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

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

    Mark W. Muesse
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    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) Exploring the Roots of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Exploring the Roots 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
    Travel to the ancient and spiritual heart of the religious experience. In Exploring the Roots of Religion, learn how sacred buildings, complexes, tomb structures, artwork, and more have provided us with unparalleled knowledge about early spiritual practices and beliefs from around the world. Great World Religions, 2nd Edition gives you an insider's look at the world's five major faiths—Judaism, Christianity,...
  7. (Set) Understanding the East  Set on sale

    (Set) Understanding the East

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $1,000.90 Starting at $151.90 $258.90 $151.90$258.90
    Explore the philosophy, religions, and practices of the East in this four-course set that gives you a new perspective on some of life's most profound questions. First, in Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition, see how great Eastern philosophers came up with wholly different ways of approaching, understanding, and solving the same fundamental questions that concerned the West's greatest thinkers. Next, in...
  8. (Set) Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition  Set

    (Set) Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    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 how to practice it. Then, get a pointed introduction to the lives and ideas of the Buddha, Confucius, Gandhi, and others in Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual...
  9. (Set)  Mysteries of Human Behavior & Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) Mysteries of Human Behavior & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  10. (Set) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & Religions of the Axial Age  Set

    (Set) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & Religions of the Axial Age

    Mark W. Muesse
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Join award-winning Professor Mark W. Muesse as he reveals penetrating insights into early religions and four great spiritual teachers. In Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad, he takes you deep into the life stories, teachings, and legacies of these four iconic figures. In Religions of the Axial Age: An Approach to the World's Religions, he shows you the historical conditions in which early world religions arose,...
  11. (Set) Comparative Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Comparative 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
    Master the beliefs, practices, and importance of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Comparative Religion is your chance to grasp how these five great religions address the same core issues in parallel and different ways. Great World Religions, 2nd Edition, is an encyclopedic examination of the vibrant heart of each of these five faiths.
  12. (Set) Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine/Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine/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
  13. (Set)  Physiology and Fitness & Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) Physiology and Fitness & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  14. (Set)  How to Stay Fit As You Age & Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) How to Stay Fit As You Age & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $229.90 Starting at $229.90 $474.90 $229.90$474.90
  15. (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...
  16. (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
  17. (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...
  18. (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
  19. (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.
  20. (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
  21. (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
  22. (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...
  23. (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.
  24. (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...
  25. (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
  26. (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
  27. (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
  28. (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...
  29. (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.
  30. (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...