Marquette Contemplative Community

Welcome to the Web home of the Marquette Contemplative Community. We are here to support the contemplative interests of the university community. There is growing interest in contemplative practice and study at Marquette, and the Milwaukee Contemplative Community has organized to make opportunities more available to faculty, students, administrators and staff.

The MCC was awarded the 2013–14 Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Grant to further these interests. With this support, we are initiating weekly contemplative sessions for the Marquette community and are planning a speaker series to support the practice.

Mission Statement

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.

Weekly Meditation

Every Tuesday: Weekly Open Meditation Hour (Joan of Arc Chapel, 4:30 - 5:30 pm) Open to the entire Marquette community, including students, faculty and staff. All are welcome and invited to drop in or stay for the hour. (Meditation instruction available. If interested please contact us or arrive at the beginning of the hour.)

Format: The Meditation Hour is contemplative time in the beautiful setting of Joan of Arc Chapel.  A bell tones at 4:30 pm  to mark the beginning of the hour and then rings again at 5:30 pm to end the session.  People are free to come late or leave early.  Mindfulness meditation instruction is available if wanted at the beginning of the hour.  People practice contemplation in their individual ways either through Meditation, prayer, just sitting quietly, contemplating, or resting the mind.  Many sit in chairs, others sit on meditation cushions.  


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

Venerable Chodron is currently the Abbess of Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastic community in Newport, Washington, which she founded in 2003.  She has studied extensively with the Dalai Lama among many other Tibetan masters. With a clear, practical, and insightful style, she teaches Buddhist philosophy and meditation worldwide. Her numerous books, published in several languages, include Open Heart, Clear Mind; Buddhism for Beginners; Taming the Mind; Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path; Don’t Believe Everything You Think; she was also editor for Wisdom’s publication of Insight Into Emptiness. Venerable Chodron has been the resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Center in Singapore, and was the resident teacher and spiritual adviser for Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle for ten years.

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.

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