Professor Mark W. Muesse, Ph.D.

Professor Mark W. Muesse
  • Rhodes College
  • Harvard University
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Mindfulness allows us to become keen observers of ourselves and gradually transform the way our minds operate.

Dr. Mark W. Muesse is W. J. Millard Professor of Religious Studies, Director of the Asian Studies Program, and Director of the Life: Then and Now Program at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in English Literature from Baylor University and a Master of Theological Studies, a Master of Arts, and a Ph.D. in the Study of Religion from Harvard University. Before taking his position at Rhodes, Professor Muesse held positions at Harvard College, Harvard Divinity School, and the University of Southern Maine, where he served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a recipient of the 2008 Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching, Rhodes College's highest faculty honor. Known for his experiential teaching style, Professor Muesse was honored for his effective use of imaginative and creative pedagogy as well as his ability to motivate his students toward lifelong study. Professor Muesse has written many articles, papers, and reviews in world religions, spirituality, theology, and gender studies and has coedited a collection of essays titled Redeeming Men: Religion and Masculinities. He is currently compiling an anthology of prayers from around the world. Professor Muesse is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion and has been Visiting Professor at the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary in Madurai, India. He has traveled extensively throughout Asia and has studied at Wat Mahadhatu, Bangkok, Thailand; the Himalayan Yogic Institute, Kathmandu, Nepal; the Subodhi Institute of Integral Education, Sri Lanka; and Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

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"Professor Muesse does an outstanding job at presenting the techniques to practice successful meditation and outlines realistic benefits and what to expect while you learn to practice meditation."

 

"I've been interested in meditation for the last few years but could not fully grasp the concept. No matter how many books I read on it felt intimidating to embrace meditation. Professor Muesse changed all that for me."

 

"Dr. Muesee has practical, working knowledge of his subject. He presents it in an easy-going style. He describes his own struggles with meditation and his path of growth resulting from his personal meditation. He is an excellent teacher and mentor for mindfulness."

72 Courses and Sets

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72 Courses and Sets

  1. Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    Mark W. Muesse
    4.4 out of 5
    82% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (336)
    Starting at £39.99 Starting at £39.99 £54.99 £39.99£54.99
    Learn how to better live in harmony with the realities of the world and to feel more deeply connected to the whole of life with Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation. In these 24 lectures, award-winning Professor Mark W. Muesse gives you a clear and usable understanding of the essence of meditation and how to practice it. You'll learn the principles and techniques of sitting meditation; the related...
  2. Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad

    Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad

    Mark W. Muesse
    4.4 out of 5
    81% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (53)
    Starting at £54.99 Starting at £54.99 £79.99 £54.99£79.99
    Discover new perspectives on the moral and spiritual precepts on which much of human civilization is built with Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Award-winning Professor Mark W. Muesse takes you deep inside the life stories and legacies of these four iconic figures. He reveals their core teachings and sheds new light on the history that underlies their phenomenal, enduring impact on how we see and think about...
  3. Religions of the Axial Age: An Approach to the World's Religions

    Religions of the Axial Age: An Approach to the World's Religions

    Mark W. Muesse
    4.8 out of 5
    83% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (87)
    Starting at £24.99 Starting at £24.99 £54.99 £24.99£54.99
    What could the beliefs and traditions of a Zoroastrian, a person of Jewish faith, a Buddhist, a follower of Confucius, and a Christian have in common? How do religions evolve over time? Religions of the Axial Age offers a rare opportunity to relate your own spiritual questions to a variety of ancient quests for meaning and transcendence. Professor Mark W. Muesse shows you the historical conditions in which the world...
  4. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.2 out of 5
    42% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (7)
    Starting at £34.99 Starting at £34.99 £34.99 £34.99£34.99
    Alexander the Great. Jesus. Darwin. Churchill. These are just a few of the revolutionary individuals who have transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History is a unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog—one that takes you across time and around the globe to offer piercing insights into some of history’s most transformative figures.
  5. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.4 out of 5
    61% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (13)
    Starting at £34.99 Starting at £34.99 £34.99 £34.99£34.99
    Since the development of written language, books have played major roles in the world: Entertaining. Instructing. Inspiring. Even changing the course of history. Now, with 36 Books That Changed the World, a fascinating Great Courses Collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, take a riveting tour of the profound impact of books from thousands of years of history and from civilizations around the globe.
  6. Great World Religions: Hinduism

    Great World Religions: Hinduism

    Mark W. Muesse
    4.1 out of 5
    80% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (57)
    Starting at £14.99 Starting at £14.99 £29.99 £14.99£29.99
    Great World Religions: Hinduism provides you with an engaging window into the roots of a faith that is perhaps the most diverse of all, and which rejects the notion that there is one path to the divine. Over the course of Hinduism's 5,000-year journey, you'll explore the pantheon of Hindu gods and goddesses; the sacred writings in the Vedas, the Bhagavad-gita, and the Upanishads; the Aryan language of Sanskrit; and...
  7. (Set) Confucius, Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad & Comparative Religion  Set

    (Set) Confucius, Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad & Comparative Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £125.98 Starting at £125.98 £125.98 £125.98£125.98
  8. (Set) Sacred Texts of the World & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Sacred Texts of the World & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £167.98 Starting at £167.98 £214.98 £167.98£214.98
    Gain a deep understanding of the world’s spiritual beliefs with this fascinating course set. In Sacred Texts of the World, delve into the written works that convey the values that each faith’s adherents live by, and, at times, have been willing to die for. Then, in Great World Religions, get an in-depth examination of the five major faiths of the world.
  9. (Set) Great World Religions: Buddhism/Buddhism Set

    (Set) Great World Religions: Buddhism/Buddhism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £153.98 Starting at £153.98 £191.98 £153.98£191.98
  10. (Set)  What Science Knows About Cancer & Practicing Mindfulnes Set

    (Set) What Science Knows About Cancer & Practicing Mindfulnes

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    A diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming and scary. What Science Knows about Cancer will show you the ways cancer works to subvert the body’s normal functioning and explain how therapies may reverse this insidious process. Making sure you are in a good place physically and mentally also helps. Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation gives you a clear and useable understanding of how to meditate.
  11. (Set)  Practicing Mindfulness & Lifelong Health Set

    (Set) Practicing Mindfulness & Lifelong Health

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £88.98 Starting at £88.98 £125.98 £88.98£125.98
  12. (Set) Buddhism & Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation  Set

    (Set) Buddhism & Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    Trace the history, principles, and evolution of a major religion, and learn the skills of meditation to bring its empowering benefits to every area of your life. In Buddhism, see how a tiny religious community in northern India expanded into a movement that now spans the globe. And in Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation, get a clear understanding of the principles and benefits of meditation and how...
  13. (Set) The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience & Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation  Set

    (Set) The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience & Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    Investigate the mind's connection with and need for spirituality in this thought-provoking course duo. First, in Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation, you'll encounter a clear understanding of the essence of meditation and how to practice it to live in better harmony with the world. Then, in The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience, you'll explore the neuroscientific basis for why...
  14. (Set) Buddhism; Religions of the Axial Age: An Approach to the World's Religions; & Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World  Set

    (Set) Buddhism; Religions of the Axial Age: An Approach to the World's Religions; & Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £195.98 Starting at £195.98 £195.98 £195.98£195.98
    Investigate the varieties of faith in the ancient world with this three-course set taught by expert religious scholars and award-winning professors. Buddhism is your opportunity to trace the history, principles, and evolution of a theology that is both familiar and foreign. Religions of the Axial Age offers a rare opportunity to relate your own spiritual questions to a variety of ancient quests for meaning and...
  15. (Set) Comparative Religion; Great World Religions, 2nd Edition; & Introduction to the Study of Religion  Set

    (Set) Comparative Religion; Great World Religions, 2nd Edition; & Introduction to the Study of Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £242.98 Starting at £242.98 £242.98 £242.98£242.98
    Travel deep into the heart of religion as it is felt and practiced around the world with this three-course introduction to the profound nature of faith. First, explore the nature of faith with Comparative Religion, an in-depth look at how five great faiths address core issues in parallel and different ways. Then, investigate the history and nature of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism in Great...
  16. (Set) Exploring the Roots of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Exploring the Roots of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £167.98 Starting at £167.98 £214.98 £167.98£214.98
    Travel to the ancient and spiritual heart of the religious experience. In Exploring the Roots of Religion, learn how sacred buildings, complexes, tomb structures, artwork, and more have provided us with unparalleled knowledge about early spiritual practices and beliefs from around the world. Great World Religions, 2nd Edition gives you an insider's look at the world's five major faiths—Judaism, Christianity,...
  17. (Set) Understanding the East  Set

    (Set) Understanding the East

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £177.98 Starting at £177.98 £251.98 £177.98£251.98
    Explore the philosophy, religions, and practices of the East in this four-course set that gives you a new perspective on some of life's most profound questions. First, in Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition, see how great Eastern philosophers came up with wholly different ways of approaching, understanding, and solving the same fundamental questions that concerned the West's greatest thinkers. Next, in...
  18. (Set)  Mysteries of Human Behavior & Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) Mysteries of Human Behavior & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
  19. (Set) Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition  Set

    (Set) Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £88.98 Starting at £88.98 £125.98 £88.98£125.98
    Explore new ways to live in harmony with the world, both in thought and in practice, with this illuminating two-course set. In Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation get a clear and useable understanding of the essence of meditation and how to practice it. Then, get a pointed introduction to the lives and ideas of the Buddha, Confucius, Gandhi, and others in Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual...
  20. (Set) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & Religions of the Axial Age  Set

    (Set) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & Religions of the Axial Age

    Mark W. Muesse
    Starting at £125.98 Starting at £125.98 £125.98 £125.98£125.98
    Join award-winning Professor Mark W. Muesse as he reveals penetrating insights into early religions and four great spiritual teachers. In Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad, he takes you deep into the life stories, teachings, and legacies of these four iconic figures. In Religions of the Axial Age: An Approach to the World's Religions, he shows you the historical conditions in which early world religions arose,...