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)  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
  2. (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 $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$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.
  3. (Set) Comparative Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,254.70 Starting at $1,254.70 $1,254.70 $1,254.70$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.
  4. (Set)  Scientific Secrets for Self-Control & Practicing Mindfu Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $309.90 Starting at $309.90 $354.90 $309.90$354.90
  5. (Set) Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation & Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad  Set

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

    Mark W. Muesse
    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 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...
  6. (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 $1,254.70 Starting at $1,254.70 $1,254.70 $1,254.70$1,254.70
  7. (Set)  Practicing Mindfulness & Optimizing Brain Fitness Set

    (Set) Practicing Mindfulness & Optimizing Brain Fitness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
  8. (Set) Great World Religions, 2nd Edition & New Testament  Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,064.70 Starting at $1,064.70 $1,254.70 $1,064.70$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...
  9. (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...
  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) Understanding Eastern Tradition Set

    (Set) Understanding Eastern Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,189.80 Starting at $1,189.80 $1,404.80 $1,189.80$1,404.80
    The four courses of Understanding Eastern Tradition embark on a grand journey across the nations of Asia to explore their remarkable influences on the world. From the material economy to the philosophies that spread across boundaries and cultures, dive into every facet of life in Asia. Get a better understanding and appreciation of customs, traditions, and beliefs that make the Eastern way of life so fascinating.
  12. (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.
  13. (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.
  14. (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.
  15. (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...
  16. (Set) The Science of Mindfulness & Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) The Science of Mindfulness & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Gain a thorough understanding of the science and practice of mindfulness with this set of two courses. In The Science of Mindfulness, delve into the physiology and psychology of mindfulness practice to discover why it works. Then, in Practicing Mindfulness, learn techniques you can apply in your daily life.
  17. (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.
  18. (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.
  19. (Set) Death, Dying, and the Afterlife & Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) Death, Dying, and the Afterlife & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    Gain a deeper appreciation for how other cultures view the concepts of death and of living life to the fullest with this two-course set. Start with Death, Dying, and the Afterlife: Lessons from World Cultures to better understand how death can be celebrated. Then learn how to take a step back and contemplate your life—and all life—with Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation.
  20. (Set) Fundamentals of Sustainable Living & Introduction to Meditation Set

    (Set) Fundamentals of Sustainable Living & Introduction to Meditation

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Grasp the essential nature of mindful awareness within the setting of specific, grounded practice through An Introduction to Meditation. Shape your own mind and experiences to make your world a better place. Then, take that experience to the next level with Fundamentals of Sustainable Living and balance the theory of a sustainable world with practical details and examples of how to live sustainably now.