Mindfulness, Meditation and More: Principles of Contemplative Practice

Concepts like "mindfulness" and "meditation" are hot topics these days, appearing everywhere from academia to religion to sports training and corporate wellness programs. In this highly experiential program, students will learn about the history and benefits of contemplative practice along with how to apply the practices for personal growth.

Foundations of Mindfulness and Other Contemplative Practices

  • The Tree of Contemplative Practice
  • Origins both Spiritual and Secular
  • Foundations of Meditation and Mindfulness
  • Benefits of Meditation and CP
  • Contemporary Applications: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Emotional Intelligence Training
  • Japanese Psychology: Gratitude, Attention and Purpose

Principles and Practices

  • Centering
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Increasing Happiness through Kindness
  • Naikan: Gratitude as a Method of Self-Reflection
  • Improving Concentration
  • Mindfulness Practice in Daily Life
  • Principles of Moving Meditation


Following is a partial schedule of daily concepts and activities:

Day One: Intro to Contemplative Practice
  • Tree of Contemplative Practice
  • Meditation origins, principles and benefits
  • Building a foundation for meditation practice
Day Two: Stress and Attention
  • Working with the attention
  • Introduction to Naikan
  • Stress Reduction through mindfulness meditation
Day Three: Mindfulness in Daily Life
  • Practices for mindfulness day-to-day
  • Understanding difficult emotions and situations
  • Increasing wellbeing through Metta-Bhavana

Instructor Bio

Sensei Morris Doshin Sullivan is a chaplain at Stetson University and a Zen monk. He first studied meditation as a teenager and has since practiced in the Thai Forest and Japanese Zen Buddhist traditions. He is the founding dharma teacher for Volusia Buddhist Fellowship and a regular speaker at White Sands Buddhist Center. He earned certificates in contemplative practice-based Japanese methods for health and wellbeing and in Path of Freedom, a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence program. “Sensei Morris” also teaches qigong, an ancient Chinese health practice, as well as tai chi, and is the founding sports director for the Florida Taijiquan Association.

Registration Information

For Ages:

Canceled for Summer 2021

Payment in full is required at the time of registration to reserve your seat in this class. Payments can be made online or over the phone. For more information, please contact the Office of Continuing Education and Outreach at
386-822-7500 or [email protected]