2021 Mindfulness for Leadership

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Tokyo Tech Academy for Leadership
Nakano Tamio 
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Course description and aims

In this course we will practice and understand the foundation of "mindfulness". We cultivate the attitude of being aware of here and now without judgement in the busy days. We aim to raise compassion for myself and others in this complex world, and time to apply the learning into each student's life, major, and leadership.

Student learning outcomes

Through the practice of mindfulness to be aware of this moment as it is, students deepen their self awareness.
Students can apply mindful attitude into the daily life activity such as breathing, eating, walking, listening, and talk.
Students can nurture self compassion and alturism in this inter-dependent world.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
I survive over 30 years in business healthy and peacefully thanks to my spiritual journey in youth. Mindfulness is very useful and helpful in busy world. In 1995 I worked for the mindful project which invited Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the leaders of mindfulness. Since then I have practiced and applied mindfulness to various workshops and education. It cultivate the attitude of "spending assumption," which is necessary for creative dialogue. We will learn these essence through experiential practice.


mindfulness, self-awareness, self care, compassion, altruism, servant leadership

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The class will be experiential for body and mind. Enough space is necessary.
To study theoretical background, we will read well selected text as homework or in the class.
Students learn and deepen each other by sharing their challenge to apply for the daily life.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 orientation: why mindfulness for leadership. What is mindfulness? Attunement of body, breath, and mind. Reflection and practice. Reading the provided text.
Class 2 Yoga for feeling body and mind from inside. Practice for transforming the consciousness from outside to inside. Reflection and practice. Reading the provided text.
Class 3 Application for daily life: Practice of eating, walking, and singing meditation. Reflection and practice.Reading the provided text.
Class 4 Practice of mindful listening and talking. Reading the text of Thich Nhat Hanh and others. Reflection and practice.
Class 5 Understanding of inter-dependent and inter-connected nature of all things. Toward compassion for self and others. Reflection and practice.
Class 6 Introduction to Joan Halifax Roshi. Overview of AWARE/GRACE program. Compassion: action beyond empathy. Reflection and practice.
Class 7 Mindfulness must be engaged. Group share work to reflect the whole class. Reflection and practice. Final report writing.


Not required (necessary materials will be distributed in class)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Peace is every step: The path of mindfulness in everyday life. Thich Nhat Hanh, 1991
Search Inside Yourself: The unexpected path to achieving success, happiness and world peace. Chade-Meng Tan, 2012
Standing at the edge. Joan Halifax, 2019
Self Management Class in Drucker school. Jeremy Hunter, 2020

Assessment criteria and methods

Active participation in class (including assignments, exercise, practice into daily life, group work, feedback responses): 70%
Mid and final reports: 30%

Related courses

  • TAL.L442 : Graduate Seminar in Liberal Arts

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students are expected to prepare enough space to moving practice. We need flat floor to lie down for Yoga.
Students are expected to have sincere interest in such issues related healthy and peaceful body and mind of themselves as well as those of others and society, and the leadership for collaboration and co-creation in the age for sustainability.


Especially for the students who is very busy, with a lot of concerns, and have ambition for the better world.
It is not decided yet whether face to face or online.
People outside of ToTAL will be welcomed.

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