Mindfulness: Theory and Practice

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  Lecture Date Census Date Location
Semester 1 2017

10-12 & 18-19 March

10 March NTI Wollongong Campus
Semester 2 2017

30 September - 1 October & 6 - 8 October

30 September NTI Wollongong Campus

‘Mindfulness: Theory and Practice’ examines the systems of meditative practice taught in Buddhist traditions, focusing on mindfulness as the key component in the Buddhist doctrinal framework. It explores the theoretical foundations for meditative practice as well as the practical methods and techniques of meditation and looks at the variety of applications of mindfulness in new contexts and environments.

The course places emphasis on both theory and practice: primary and secondary sources on Buddhist meditation are studied and critically examined, and students also explore several techniques and aspects on mindfulness in practice.

Students devote substantial time to meditation practice, and have an opportunity to reflect on and discuss their experiences. ‘Mindfulness: Theory and Practice’ not only stimulates intellectually but offers practical insights into the contemplative world of Buddhism.

Students will:

  • Acquire advanced knowledge and understanding of Buddhist doctrines and practices – investigate, analyse and explicate the origins of Buddhist meditation, its developments and impacts throughout history
  • command analytical and critical skills – apply the research methods of religious studies, psychology and social sciences to analyse and critically evaluate the rich spectrum of meditation methods from both theoretical and practical perspectives
  • apply knowledge to new situations and think critically and independently – explore the philosophical foundations and ethical principles of Buddhist meditation and its applications in contemporary societies
  • appreciate and evaluate the role of Buddhist meditation (and mindfulness in particular) in relation to the social issues explored by Buddhist ethics, and critically examine applications of mindfulness in psychotherapy, counselling and other therapeutic contexts and
  • relate the course to the broader context of the Applied Buddhist Studies Program – the study of mindfulness complements all other subjects.

Who is it for?

'Mindfulness: Theory and Practice' is ideal for:

  • any Student in NTI’s postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters in Applied Buddhist Studies or Health and Social Wellbeing programs
  • psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and other mental health professionals
  • teachers and other community service professionals who want to enhance their services
  • devotees of Buddhism wanting to enhance their spiritual practice, or anyone interested in learning more about Buddhism.


Preliminary reading

1 week prior to lectures and workshops

Lectures and workshops (5 day intensive on-campus)

9:00am - 5:00pm daily


3 weeks - Final assignments due 


'Mindfulness: Theory and Practice' is a core subject of Nan Tien Institute's postgraduate Applied Buddhist Studies program. It provides a foundation for the practical and theoretical meditation components of all NTI subjects.

This 6 credit point subject can be part of a:

Master of Arts (Applied Buddhist Studies)

72 credit points

Graduate Diploma of Applied Buddhist Studies

48 credit points

Graduate Certificate in Applied Buddhist Studies

24 credit points

Australian students


International students


Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites to study this subject as a non-award student. Buddhists and non-Buddhists are welcome, and no prior knowledge is required. There are academic and/or program and work experience prerequisites for studying this subject as part of the NTI Applied Buddhist Studies and Health and Social Wellbeing programs. Contact NTI for details on entry requirements.