Meditation, Social Change, and Undergraduate Education


by Steven C. Rockefeller - 2006

This article argues that meditation guided by a competent teacher can be a positive influence in contemporary American society and even a force for progressive social change. A number of critical issues requiring further study are identified, including the need for a better understanding of meditation from the perspective of developmental psychology and of the relation between meditation and psychotherapy. The article proposes that American educational institutions can benefit from a deeper appreciation of the contemplative dimension of life. Special attention is given to how the American undergraduate college can provide students with opportunities to learn about and experience various forms of meditation. The role of teachers, chaplains, psychological counselors, and health care professionals in introducing meditation to students is discussed.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 9, 2006, p. 1775-1786
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12681, Date Accessed: 6/6/2020 10:59:44 AM

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