Recent Events

Two-Day Workshop with Ven. Thubten Chodron
Wednesday, 3/26 and Thursday, 3/27, 2014
Sponsored by Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund.

March 26th, 2014 4:30 – 6 pm
Marquette University Ballroom D, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.
“Understanding the true meaning of compassion is not easy. It requires contemplation, making peace with our fears and dispelling misconceptions. In doing this, our hearts will open to ourselves and others in a way we may never have thought possible." - Living With an Open Heart: How to Cultivate Compassion in Everyday Life, by Ven. Thubten Chodron and Russell Kolts. Event Flyer

March 27th, 2014 4:30 – 6 pm
Haggerty Museum of Art, Lower Galleries, 4:30 – 6 PM
“The existence of full ordination for women is not a feminist issue. It concerns the preservation and spread of the Dharma. It is about individuals having the possibility to progress on the path to enlightenment by means of living in full precepts. It enables lay practitioners and society in general to reap the benefits of having educated and confident bhikshunis in their midst.” Event Flyer

Sponsored by Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund. Free and open to the entire Milwaukee and Marquette Community of faculty, staff, and students.

What do you see? Practices in Beholding Mindfulness A presentation by Adriana Kowal, Lecturer - Philosophy Department, Tuesday, 11/5, 2013: 4:30 – 6 pm
Haggerty Museum of Art

What do you see? We tend to pass over things quickly, ignoring the layers and depths of what the world has to offer to us. We look at the objective formations (shapes, colors, objects, subject matter, etc.) and often move on without ever pausing to let the deeper layers reveal themselves to us.  Mindful beholding, developed by Joanna Ziegler, professor of Visual Arts and Art History at Holy Cross, is the practice of allowing the world to appear to us and to allow ourselves to experience embodied connectedness. Allowing ourselves to have the freedom and space to explore our own thoughts, feelings, experiences without judgment is the act of mindful beholding.  Philosophy Lecturer Adriana Kowal will invite participants to look at one abstract painting, just one, and to sit in front of it and respond to the question: What do you see? By focusing attention again and again, participants will notice changes in the painting. As they notice these changes in the painting, they will learn to recognize changes in themselves.

Ancient Participatory Music Experience with Kaita Bliffert

Wednesday, 11/13/2013: 4:30 – 6 pm
Calvary Presbyterian Church

Kirtan is an ancient participatory music experience that quiets the mind, relaxes the body, opens the heart, and can carry us effortlessly to a place of quiet, to stillness. It is one of the oldest sacred music traditions of the world. The Kirtan call-and-response chanting genre comes to us from India. Using ancient Sanskrit mantras, the Kirtan calls upon contemplation to remove obstacles and bring us back to the center of our being.  Local musician Kaita Bliffert recently released her debut album “Let Go” and will lead the participatory music experience along with two other Kirtan artists.   No experience necessary.


A presentation by Mark McDonough
Pastor, Calvary Presbyterian Church, Milwaukee
Monday, 4/29/2013, 3:30-5:00pm
Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Conference Center B/C

McDonough gave an interactive presentation reminding the more than 50 participating students, faculty and staff how to 1) quiet the mind, 2) experience the food that we eat, 3) call to mind food associations with events and people, 4) and to be aware of how food is made, grown, processed, and what it takes to get food to our tables. He ended the discussion asking participants to move from mindless to mindful eating. 



Mindfulness in Every Day Life

Dr. Paul Norton, Monday, 11/5/2012, 3:30 – 5 pm
Raynor Memorial Libraries
Beaumier B/C
While it may seem that feeling lost, overwhelmed, and worried are modern-day problems, worry has been around for a long time. Mindfulness is an ages-old tool that has been refined by practitioners in the 21st century to be practical and applicable to the digital age. Paul Norton will introduce the background of the practice and give us introductory training in the valuable techniques of meditation and mindfulness-based stress reduction. Free Lecture.

12/3/2012: Centering Prayer, by Barbara Prendergast (Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier A, 4- 5 pm).
Centering Prayer is the opening of mind and heart - our whole being - to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Father Thomas Keating, founder of Contemplative Outreach, adapted the prayer methods of earlier times to give us Centering Prayer, a method of prayer that is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer but to add depth of meaning to all prayer, facilitating a movement into a receptive prayer of resting in God. In this talk, Barbara will introduce us to Centering Prayer and its technique.
See link for more details.

12/6/2012: Miksang Contemplative Photography Show (Honors Program, Coughlin Hall – Lower Level, 001, 4 - 5:30 pm). View the wonderful and miraculous perceptions of a semester-long exploration of Mindfulness in Photography.

Light Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact instructor; for more information about Miksang:

4/23/2008: Richard J. Davidson, University of Wisconsin - Madison
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Marquette University Emory Hall


Mission of the Marquette Contemplative Community

The Marquette Contemplative Community [MCC] was established to support interest in contemplative practices at Marquette University. The mission of the Marquette Contemplative Community is to offer educational programming and contemplative practice as a community of people who value the possibilities contemplation holds for meaningful life and service, both at Marquette and in our wider society. Our vision is nonsectarian, and has emphasis on mindfulness meditation, loving kindness and compassion meditation, and Christian contemplative prayer.