One often hears that one meditates to learn to relax. Although relaxing is often a byproduct of meditation, the true purpose is to be present in one's life more fully; being present on the spot rather than being riveted about according to one's hopes and fears. The practice of the four foundations is an everyday practice to enter the now more fully. Meditation is making friends with oneself and developing compassion towards others. This is a course on mindfulness. It is not about becoming a Buddhist but about employing techniques which Gotama Buddha employed over 3,000 years ago. It worked for him, and it has worked for many people since him in a variety of spiritual traditions. This is not a religious course, but it is about working with techniques and exercises that will allow one to enter the now of everyday life more fully. This course discusses the book Mindfulness in Action: Making Friends with Yourself through Meditation and Everyday Awareness by Chogyam Trungpa. It is recommended that students purchase and read Part One of the book prior to class.