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."

71 Courses and Sets

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71 Courses and Sets

  1. (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.
  2. (Set) Boosting Your Emotional Intelligence & Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) Boosting Your Emotional Intelligence & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Discover how you can embrace life's ever-changing impermanence with this two-course set. Learn how to control your emotions and use them to help you achieve your goals with Boosting Your Emotional Intelligence. Then, embark on a dynamic exploration of your own mind with Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation.
  3. (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.
  4. (Set) The Science of Mindfulness & Practicing Mindfulness Set on sale

    (Set) The Science of Mindfulness & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $400.00 Starting at $88.90 $524.90 $88.90$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.
  5. (SET) Building Your Resilience & Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (SET) Building Your Resilience & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Tap into the awe-inspiring (and life-changing) power of your mind with this helpful two-course set. In Building Your Resilience: Finding Meaning in Adversity, explore how to build an inner calm and clarity of mind that can lead you to develop greater resilience. And in Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation, discover a clear and useable understanding of the essence of meditation and how to practice it...
  6. (Set) Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius & Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Grasp the essential nature of meditation and mindful awareness with this two-course set. Illuminate Confucian teachings - and make them work in your own life with Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius. Then, take a dynamic exploration of your own mind, giving you a clear and useable understanding of the essence of meditation and how to practice it with Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation.
  7. (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.
  8. (Set) Martial Arts for Your Mind and Body & Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) Martial Arts for Your Mind and Body & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Improve everything from your physical fitness to your mental focus with this two-course set. Learn from eight world-class experts in Martial Arts for Your Mind and Body. Then, take an empowering journey of the spirit—and learn how to master the art of living at its most fulfilling, expansive, and meaningful with Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation.
  9. (Set) The Science of Integrative Medicine &  Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) The Science of Integrative Medicine & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    The practice of meditation has numerous benefits, and this two-course set explores many of them. Learn what Mayo Clinic has discovered about meditation and many other complementary practices, which can be added to a health plan to increase your overall wellness, with The Science of Integrative Medicine. Then go in-depth into the art of meditation with Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation.
  10. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set

    (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Start by exploring 36 revolutionary figures that have changed the course of history. Then, dive into 36 books that have played a central role in shaping our culture – from entertaining and instructing to shaping our social mores.
  11. Great World Religions, 2nd Edition Set

    Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $849.75 Starting at $849.75 $999.75 $849.75$999.75
    Join five top college professors in this all-new version of Great World Religions, an authoritative, informative, and up-to-date survey of the history and nature of the world's five major faiths: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. How are these religions alike? How are they dissimilar? What issues are most meaningful to each religion's adherents? This 60-lecture tour does more than just enhance...