We are delighted about your interest in Mindfulness and Compassion: Living Fully Personally and Professionally (NUIP/RELB 3030). Here is what you need to do to request permission to enroll:

First, to help you decide whether this course will meet your expectations, we’d like you to look at the course description and assignments which will include a regular contemplative practice including different meditations, applying mindfulness and prosocial practices in everyday life, and reflective writing. Please also read the advice from former students about how you can get most out of this class.

If, after the reading, you would like to enroll, please send us an e-mail (bach@virginia.edu) with your name, year in college, major, your academic and non-academic interests.   In addition, we’d like your thoughts about these questions. You don’t need to compose a polished essay; we expect you to be able to write this in one sitting:

  • What comes to your mind when you hear the words mindfulness, contemplation, and prosocial behaviors?
  • What are your thoughts about approaching the subject of the course not only as an academic exploration but also as a springboard to establishing personal practices that foster healthy and compassionate living?
  • Why would you like to take this course?  What do you hope to gain from it?  Given that the course will be small (18 students) and will create an active and intimate learning community, what do you plan to contribute to that community?  What risks do you plan to take?
  • What is your reaction to the course description and requirements?  Will you be able to commit to meditating or engaging in other contemplative practices at least four times a week for 15 to 45 min and participating in a daylong (mostly silent) mindfulness retreat on a Saturday, April 1, 9:30AM -3:00PM?

When you send us your email, please also request permission to enroll in SIS under NUIP3030. We will accept applications until the course is filled, and will begin reviewing applications on December 1.

In reviewing the applications, we will look for a mix of students, that is, a variety of intellectual and personal interests in the topic of our class, as well as an ability to commit to the course and regularly engage in the classes and homework (contemplative) practices.

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