Contemplative education teaches people how to take charge of their psychological and spiritual development.
Our life experiences contain the ingredients for our own
psychological and spiritual maturation. However, most people never
learn to take advantage of these possibilities.
Rather, we remain ensnared in the difficulties of life, and let
them get the better of us. When we are ensnared in this way, we often
harm ourselves and others.
When we learn to grow psychologically and spiritually, we can
respond to the difficulties of life with greater resilience, clarity,
and wisdom. Rather than being reactive and destructive, we can respond
to difficulties in ways that promote the well-being of ourselves and
Contemplative education can also be called developmental education for psychological and spiritual growth.
This educational approach introduces people to the maturational
goals and contemplative practices of the spiritual traditions, and
teaches them to use these practices as a resource for resilience,
well-being, and peace-promoting responses to conflict.