Mindfulness and Other Resources

Mindfulness and Buddhism:

The Mindful Elon project is an interdisciplinary collaboration of multiple departments, programs, and student groups that offer activities and events to promote more mindful well-being within the Elon campus community. You can sign up for the Mindful Elon newsletter to learn about Mindful opportunities on campus.

This modern Mindfulness movement is deeply influenced by Buddhist principles and practices. The story of this influence is well covered by Jeff Wilson’s book Mindful America(2014). Mindfulness has been made popular in the United States by the clinical work of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama, and popular meditation teachers such as Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, and Sharon Salzberg, who together founded the Insight Meditation Society.

Kabat-Zinn developed Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction as an evidence-based program to help patients with pain management, anxiety, and trauma recovery. His work translated Buddhist practices into a secular and clinical setting, where many patients are completely unaware of these Buddhist roots, and thus helped to popularize and scientifically legitimize mindfulness and meditation beyond Buddhism for the wider American culture.

Other Resources

  • Asian Resource room – Mosley 225: The Asian Resource Room is perfect for individual or small group studying and has a variety of publications available to explore and develop appreciation for Asian culture and heritage. All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are invited to visit and reserve the Asian Resource Room.
  • CREDE Mission: To advance the conversation on student diversity education campus-wide to develop intercultural competence and provide race and ethnicity related advocacy, services, and programs to promote the intellectual achievement, personal success, and social belonging of all students, faculty, and staff, particularly those from underrepresented and historically marginalized communities.
  • Buddhist Association: We offer several events throughout the year that engage diverse forms of Buddhist teaching and practice. Please contact one of our Chaplains or our Multi-faith Coordinator for more information
  • Information regarding international students.
  • Elon International Society: Student run organization
  • Phoenix Pal Program
  • LLC Interfaith: Mindfully Plural- Interfaith House LLC (aka Om House) is an intentional living community for junior and senior students from diverse religious and nonreligious backgrounds. Residents explore Mindfulness together within the context of interfaith community and host events and programs for the wider campus community.