Deep feeling for life characterizes monks, healers, and scholars. However, the current context of higher education in the United States leaves behind the quest for meaning in favor of corporate cost cutting and employment-focused endeavors by which we are judged. This panel of scholars seeks to share the ongoing process of creating a master’s degree program that integrates the heart of ancient practices for awareness and transformation with religious studies and critical inquiry.

Laurie Cozad

Division of Interdisciplinary Inquiry, Lesley University


Susan Gere

Division of Counseling and Psychology, Lesley University


Catherine Koverola

Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lesley University


Nancy Waring, PhD

Mindfulness Studies Program, Lesley University


Nancy Waring, MA, Ph.D.Professor EmeritaLesley University Graduate School of Arts and Social SciencesCambridge Education:Cornell University, MA, Ph.D., English LiteratureTufts University, BA magna cum laude, English At the 2003 Mind … MORE