Amid the action and distraction that fills everyday life, contemplative practices help to provide insight and connection into who we are, who we want to be, and what is most meaningful to us. With foundations in introspection, connection and awareness, contemplative practices help individuals to achieve a quieting of the mind, realisation of what it is to be human, and aid in the development of a more balanced and ethical life. These profound practices have the potential to transform not just individuals but the entirety of human society, through greater connection.
The Contemplative Studies Centre is a first point of entry into the world of mindfulness, meditation and contemplative practice at the University of Melbourne. We will deliver ground-breaking research, innovative educational offerings and a world-class engagement series. We will also offer an opportunity for authentic practice, guided sessions and a place for inter-faith and wisdom discussions.
The Centre has been established by a very generous philanthropic gift from Martin and Loreto Hosking.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Contemplative Studies Centre.
We work with interdisciplinary collaborators across the University of Melbourne, in the community, and worldwide to develop, deliver, support and promote innovative and authentic contemplative study through our core activities that sit within our four pillars:
The Centre will facilitate and foster truly interdisciplinary, evidence-based research into contemplative practice and methodology. The Centre will apply rigorous evaluation of mindfulness and meditation policy and programs to ensure authentic and efficacious contemplation-based offerings in Australia and beyond.
The Centre will develop and lead the delivery of outstanding education and lifelong learning to encourage the pursuit of knowledge for the wellbeing and flourishing of society.
The Centre will deliver a world-class engagement program and forum for the transfer of knowledge, new ideas and discussion.
Contemplative Studies Centre
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
University of Melbourne | Parkville | VIC | 3010
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We aim to facilitate and foster truly interdisciplinary, evidence-based research into contemplative practice and methodology. We will apply rigorous evaluation of mindfulness and meditation policy and programs to ensure authentic and efficacious contemplation-based offerings in Australia. We will facilitate evaluation of the best ways to learn, practice, and understand contemplative concepts and ideas. Our focus in this space will include:
- Two flagship research projects (a Randomised Controlled Trial of app-based meditation practices; a prospective longitudinal study of meditation-related experiences)
- Development of a seed-funding program
- Supervision of PhD and RhD students
- Public policy work
- Academic publications and conference presentations
The Contemplative Studies Centre looks forward to welcoming you via our many opportunities to participate. The Centre will host public events, guided practice sessions and a public engagement series.