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Inner Peace and Outer Peace
Inner Peace and Outer Peace (PAX 120B) examines the relationship between peace within oneself and the creation of peace in interpersonal relationships as well as in community, national, and global arenas. The course's primary approach to looking at inner peace will be the experiential practice of mindfulness meditation. Students will be guided through a progressive development of mindfulness skills and required to meditate regularly both inside and outside of class. The meditation is designed to develop self-awareness, compassion, and other qualities related to inner peace.
Through readings and participatory exercises, students will also explore the key elements and ethical challenges of coexistence and reconciliation processes and practice inter-communal dialogue and facilitation of bi-communal conflict resolution. Throughout the course, the applicability of meditative or contemplative practices to peace and conflict resolution will be examined.
For more information, please contact Professor Gordon Fellman.