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Welcome from our Director

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the first point of entry into the world of mindfulness, meditation and contemplative practice at the University of Melbourne. Our establishment is due to the incredible generosity of Martin and Loreto Hosking. 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.

We hope you find much to inform your practice, life, work, and growth among the Contemplative Studies Centre.

Associate Professor Nicholas Van Dam |  Inaugural Director of the Contemplative Studies Centre

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About

Amid the action and distraction that fill 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.

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:

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Research

Research

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.

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Education

Education

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.

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Practice

Practice

The Centre will deliver a world-class engagement program and forum for the transfer of knowledge, new ideas and discussion.

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Scholarship and dialogue

Scholarship and dialogue

The Centre will provide a forum for interdisciplinary discussion of traditional, contemporary, and academic/scientific understanding of contemplative practice and experiences.