This is a growing collection of resources to support your interest in Contemplative Studies.


"African drum circle offers meditative, community-building experience", Katie Olsen, the University of Redlands Bulldog Blog; February11, 2020.
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"Fran's Quest and 'The Power of Love', Mika Elizabeth Ono and Katie Olson, the University of Redlands Bulldog Blog, March 8, 2019.
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"Impact of Experiential Neuroscience of Meditation Course on Attitude Toward Meditation and Science", Lisa E. Olson, The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (June), Fall 2018, 17(1):A59-A66
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'Know thyself': Meditation program marks 10 years offering 'inner arts and inner sciences'
Och Tamale, the University of Redlands Online Magazine, March 9, 2018.

"There's a room at the University of Redlands where students can search for serenity"
RedlandsDailyFacts, February 22, 2018. Read Article

"Meditation Room celebrates 10 years of innovative education"
University of Redlands Bulldog Blog, February 13, 2018. Read Blog

"Intergenerational Journey", July 15, 2015.  Read Article

"Ancient Buddhist relics make stop at University of Redlands" 
RedlandsDailyFacts, May 23, 2015.  Read Article

"Mother Teresa Exhibit", May 7, 2015. Read Article

"You Want to Help the World? Meditate! Lessons From a College Classroom", January 6, 2015.  Read Article

"Measuring the Immeasurable? Compassion Under a Microscope", January 6, 2015.  Read Article

"Speakers at University of Redlands Share How to Grow a Global Heart", November 11, 2014.  Read Article

"Meditation room opens at the University of Redlands Redlands", April 20, 2013.  Read Article

"Fran Grace draws Biggest Redlands Forum crowd yet", April 20, 2013. Read Article

"Swami Chidatmananda gives talk on meditation and stress reduction"
The Press-Enterprise, August 21, 2013. Read Article

"University of Redlands Professors receive Meditation Research Grant", October 26, 2012.

"Visiting monks bring message of compassion"
The Press-Enterprise, April 5, 2011. Read Article

"Monks' visit inspires students" 
The Press-Enterprise, April 8, 2011. Read Article

"Monks deconstruct sand painting as Redlands visit ends", April 8, 2011. Read Article

"Meditative Spaces"
Inside Higher Ed, December 3, 2007. Read Article


Interconnected: Embracing Life in our Global Society

Based on conversations with University of Redlands students who spent a May Term in India with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, this book gives His Holiness’s teachings on how to move from an intellectual understanding to a lived experience of connection, highlighting the vital role of caring and emotional awareness.   

Author: His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Co-editor: Dr. Karen Derris. 
Publisher: Wisdom Publication, 2017

The Power of Love: A Transformed Heart Changes the World

An inspiring chronicle of life-changing encounters, personal transformation and a vision of love that transcends the everyday definition. A key chapter focuses on the Compassion course taught in the Meditation Program of the University of Redlands.  Includes encounters with, and teachings from, some of the greatest spiritual leaders of the last century. Benjamin Franklin Book Award, silver winner in the Inspirational category. Book Trailer:

Author: Dr. Fran Grace
Publisher:  Inner Pathway Publishing, 2019
SBN:  978-1-7323185-0-2

I Give You the Springtime of My Blushing Heart: A Poetic Love Song. 

A book of the life journey of two exemplary individuals who share their amazing discovery that even one of the worst violations of humankind—the slave dungeons of West Africa—can be the foundation of a “global heart.”  Danny Glover, actor and humanitarian says of this book: “This beautiful and engaging love story by two friends and lifelong human rights and social justice activists models what love can be in these times.” Book Trailer video.  The authors shared their journey at the University of Redlands in 2011 and 2014.

Author:  Belvie Rooks and Dedan Gills
Publisher:  Inner Pathway Publishing, 2019
ISBN:  978-1-7323185-3-3

Cultivating the Spirit: How College Can Enhance Students' Inner Lives 

This book highlights student learning in the U of R Meditation Room.  
Author(s): Alexander W. Astin, Helen S. Astin, and Jennifer A. Lindholm 
Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (November 16, 2010) 
ISBN-13: 978-0470769331

Meditation and the Classroom - Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies 

This book includes two chapters on student learning in the U of R Meditation Room. 
Editor(s): Judith Simmer-Brown, Fran Grace 
Publisher: SUNY Press (August 1, 2011) 
ISBN-13: 978-1438437880

The Heart is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out

In 2011, sixteen University of Redlands students spent a month in India with one of Tibetan Buddhism’s most inspiring leaders, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, discussing topics ranging from food justice to gender identities to sustainable compassion. His teachings to them have now been captured in his book. 

Author: His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Co-editor: Dr. Karen Derris. 
Publisher: Shambhala (February 19, 2013)
ISBN-13: 978-1611800012

Journal Articles

"Impact of Experiential Neuroscience of Meditation Course on Attitudes Toward Meditation and Science"

Author: Lisa E. Olson.  The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE), Fall 2018, 17(1):A59-A66. Read Article

"Learning as a Path, Not a Goal: Contemplative Pedagogy – Its Principles and Practices"

Author: Dr. Fran Grace.  Journal of Teaching Theology & Religion, Vol. 14, Issue 2,
first published online: 4 APR 2011. Read Article

“Pedagogy of Reverence: A Narrative Account”

by Dr. Fran Grace.  Religion & Education Journal, Vol. 36 No. 2, Summer 2009.  Read Article

“Beyond Reason: The Certitude of the Mystics from Al-Hallaj to David R. Hawkins”

by Dr. Fran Grace. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Vol. 1 No. 13,
 Special Issue – September 2011.  Read Article

“Breathing In: Suffering, Breathing Out: Suffering” 

Author: Dr. Fran.  Spirituality in Higher Education: A National Study of College Students Search for Meaning and Purpose Newsletter, Vol 5. Issue 2, May 2009.  Read Article


Heart Matters with Fran Grace 
About the Program
Change is an inside job -- and it begins with the heart. Join Dr. Fran Grace as she explores this inner-outer link through stories, guided meditations, and interviews with people on the frontline of heart-based activism.  Podcast

H Adam Ackley Speaks at University of Redlands
Professor, Theologian and Advocate H Adam Ackley speaks to students at the University of Redlands about his personal journey and being an advocate for transgender individuals.
Published on Mar 28, 2014. Video

Redlands Forum on "Happiness" with What Makes You Happy? Get a Glimpse into the Science behind the Heart and Soul. 
Dr. Fran Grace - Lecture on April 8, 2013
Esri Conference Center, Redlands, CA.  ESRI Video 

Daoist "Quiet Sitting and Self-Massage" meditation practices session led by  Louis Komjathy, Ph.D.,  in the Meditation Room at the University of Redlands, CA, February 6, 2013. Video