As we study, experience and apply contemplative practices, we value developing and encouraging understanding self, others, and the world.


  • Noticing body, breath, feelings and thoughts without judgment.
  • Describing connections between our thoughts, feelings, and actions.
  • Community reports experiencing enhanced clarity and focus.


The movement towards equilibrium among the various components of the JMU community and beyond.


  • Appreciation of diverse ideas, individuals and experiences.
  • Cultivation of respectful, appreciative, collaborative interactions within the JMU community.
  • Creation of equilibrium through thoughtful consideration of all perspectives.
  •  Demonstrated by increasing evidence of well-being and tranquility in the JMU community.


We consistently work towards shared goals, utilizing the talents, skills and abilities of the JMU community towards a vision that is global and inclusive.


  • We practice deep listening, striving to be present, reflect back what we have heard, and ask clarifying questions to gain understanding.
  • We practice patience with each other, listening as ideas are communicated, through disagreement and misunderstanding; encouraging processing and reflection.
  • We actively seek and invite collaboration from unlikely places.


Tuning in to others in a kind and sensitive way in order to alleviate suffering and create loving connections.

  • The JMU community reports feeling supported in the pursuit of contemplative studies and practices.
  • Observable acts of kindness are the norm.
  • The JMU community practices deep listening


Creating a welcoming environment where all people including those with marginalized voices, feel accepted and free to participate.

  • We embrace a broad spectrum of contemplative practices.
  • Contributing to a culture where all members feel their voices are valued and their contributions are essential.
  • Inviting and welcoming all individuals from the JMU community to engage in and explore contemplative practices.


The arising of personal or universal insight through study, dialogue, teaching or practice.

  • Letting go of preconceptions, cherished notions, and allegiances that might inhibit direct, authentic experience.
  • The community reports expansion and deeper cognitive awareness through mindfulness and a wide range of contemplative practices.
  • We are committed to the ongoing and ever evolving unfolding of truth.