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. (Set)  Practicing Mindfulness & Lifelong Health Set

    (Set) Practicing Mindfulness & Lifelong Health

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  2. (Set)  What Science Knows About Cancer & Practicing Mindfulnes Set

    (Set) What Science Knows About Cancer & Practicing Mindfulnes

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    A diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming and scary. What Science Knows about Cancer will show you the ways cancer works to subvert the body’s normal functioning and explain how therapies may reverse this insidious process. Making sure you are in a good place physically and mentally also helps. Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation gives you a clear and useable understanding of how to meditate.
  3. (Set) Buddhism & Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation  Set

    (Set) Buddhism & Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Trace the history, principles, and evolution of a major religion, and learn the skills of meditation to bring its empowering benefits to every area of your life. In Buddhism, see how a tiny religious community in northern India expanded into a movement that now spans the globe. And in Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation, get a clear understanding of the principles and benefits of meditation and how...
  4. (Set) Buddhism; Religions of the Axial Age: An Approach to the World's Religions; & Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World  Set

    (Set) Buddhism; Religions of the Axial Age: An Approach to the World's Religions; & Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,029.85 Starting at $1,029.85 $1,029.85 $1,029.85$1,029.85
    Investigate the varieties of faith in the ancient world with this three-course set taught by expert religious scholars and award-winning professors. Buddhism is your opportunity to trace the history, principles, and evolution of a theology that is both familiar and foreign. Religions of the Axial Age offers a rare opportunity to relate your own spiritual questions to a variety of ancient quests for meaning and...
  5. (Set) Comparative Religion; Great World Religions, 2nd Edition; & Introduction to the Study of Religion  Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,509.65 Starting at $1,509.65 $1,509.65 $1,509.65$1,509.65
    Travel deep into the heart of religion as it is felt and practiced around the world with this three-course introduction to the profound nature of faith. First, explore the nature of faith with Comparative Religion, an in-depth look at how five great faiths address core issues in parallel and different ways. Then, investigate the history and nature of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism in Great...
  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 $1,169.70 Starting at $1,169.70 $1,374.70 $1,169.70$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

    (Set) Understanding the East

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,069.80 Starting at $1,069.80 $1,259.80 $1,069.80$1,259.80
    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 $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$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 $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  10. (Set) Mind-Body Philosophy & Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) Mind-Body Philosophy & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Explore the complex relationships between mind, body, and consciousness with this two-course set. Start with Mind-Body Philosophy to learn how your physical brain creates your subjective reality. Then, take a dynamic exploration of your own mind as you learn the essence of meditation and how to practice it with Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation.
  11. (Set) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Mindful Living Set

    (Set) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Mindful Living

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Being a mindful person is the first step to making changes in your life. Built on a solid foundation of neurological and behavioral research, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy provides a robust toolkit to help you recognize obstacles that may prevent good habits from taking hold. Then, by learning how to practice Mindful Living, you deepen the awareness and power to shape your own mind and experiences.
  12. (Set) iRest & Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) iRest & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Uncover inner peace through an astounding two-course set focused on scientifically-proven methods. Reshape the way you think about and manage stress with a unique form of guided meditation: Rest: Integrative Restoration Yoga Nidra for Deep Relaxation. Then, in Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation, you will take a dynamic exploration of your own mind, giving you a clear and useable understanding of...
  13. (Set) Mastering Tai Chi & Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) Mastering Tai Chi & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Forge a link between Tai Chi and mindfulness with this two-course set focusing on the practice and science of both. Learn the principals and techniques behind moving meditation with Mastering Tai Chi and unlock the deep and lasting benefits of meditation with Practicing Mindfulness.
  14. (Set) Tai Chi and Qigong &  Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) Tai Chi and Qigong & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Forge a link between Tai Chi and Mindfulness with this set of courses. First, science shows that tai chi and qigong are good medicine and good exercise. Then, learn the principles and techniques of meditation and enjoy the deep and lasting benefits of this ancient practice on your mind and body.
  15. (Set) Yoga for Healthy Mind and Body & Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) Yoga for Healthy Mind and Body & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Gain inner peace with this two course set. In Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body, discover which type of yoga practice is best suited to your fitness level and emotional needs. Then, in Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation, go beyond yoga and learn how to be more mindful in every aspect of your life.
  16. (Set) How to Make Stress Work for You & Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) How to Make Stress Work for You & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $414.90 Starting at $414.90 $474.90 $414.90$474.90
    Discover a marked and lasting reduction of the stress in your life with this two-course set. With How to Make Stress Work for You, you will build a personal stress management toolkit so you can better manage your stress response. Then, gain a clear and useable understanding of the essence of meditation and how to practice it with Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation.
  17. (Set) How to Boost Your Physical and Mental Energy & Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) How to Boost Your Physical and Mental Energy & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    This two-course set will help shape your well-being, mind, and experiences. Meditation offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning, emotional state, and physical health. Pair Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation with the tips and concrete practices to add vigor into each day found in How to Boost Your Physical and Mental Energy for a well balanced, holistic approach to overall health.
  18. (Set) Masters of Mindfulness: Transforming Your Mind and Body & Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation Set

    (Set) Masters of Mindfulness: Transforming Your Mind and Body & Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    Mark W. Muesse
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Learn how being aware of the present moment can change your brain and your life as this two-course set reveals the benefits and practices of mindful thinking. Discover the many places where mindful thinking can improve your day-to-day life with Masters of Mindfulness: Transforming Your Mind and Body. Then, join an award-winning professor for a dynamic exploration of your own mind, as he gives you a clear and useable...
  19. (Set) Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius & Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad Set

    (Set) Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius & Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Examine the influence of major philosophical figures and works with this two-course set. Start by illuminating the Confucian teachings—and make them work in your own life with Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius. Then, travel deep into the life stories and legacies of four iconic figures, revealing the core, original teachings and thoughts of Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad.
  20. (Set) The Addictive Brain & Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) The Addictive Brain & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Control your impulses with this set. First, in The Addictive Brain, examine the epidemic of addiction—both physiological and psychological. Then, learn the ancient practices of mindfulness and how they can help you live a better life.