March 3, 2017
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street
9:00am - 6:00pm

This conference brings together a group of scientists, clinicians, meditation teachers, and scholars from various academic disciplines to explore somatic and affective changes associated with Buddhist meditation.  Situating the practice of meditation in multiple cultural contexts in Asia and the West will allow us to examine how experiences are appraised in relationship to varying and occasionally conflicting sets of expectations, goals, and conceptual frameworks.  Given the increasingly widespread application of Buddhist-based practices such as “mindfulness meditation” in the West, we are particularly interested in seeing how unexpected, challenging, or difficult meditation experiences are situated in relation to religious, scientific, and biomedical epistemologies, as well as the role of various social agents—practitioners, teachers, scientists, and clinicians—in ascribing meaning and value to particular experiences.

Speakers include:  Willoughby Britton, Brown University; Julia Cassaniti, Washington State University; Laurence Kirmayer, McGill University; Anne Klein, Rice University; Jared Lindahl, Brown University; Geoffrey Samuel, University of Sydney and Cardiff University, emeritusDaniel Stuart, University of South Carolina; and David Treleaven, California Institute of Integral Studies. 

schedule of talks and list of abstracts.

This event is supported by a collaborative research grant from the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation in Buddhist Studies and the American Council for Learned Societies, and is co-sponsored by the Cogut Center for the Humanities.

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