What is Contemplation?: An Interview with Anne C. Klein

What is Contemplation?: An Interview with Anne C. Klein

Anne C. Klein is a Professor in the Department of Religion at Rice University, co-founder of the Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism, and author of Being Human and a Buddha Too (2023). Conducted by Adam Liddle, a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Contemplative Sciences Center and the Associate Editor for the Journal of Contemplative…

What is Contemplation?: An Interview with Martijn van Beek

What is Contemplation?: An Interview with Martijn van Beek

Martijn van Beek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Aarhus University in Denmark. He specializes in ethnographic and phenomenological perspectives on meditation. Conducted by Erin Burke, a doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia and a Research Assistant at the Journal of Contemplative Studies. JCS: What is contemplation? MVB: In my BA…

NEW SPECIAL ISSUE ARTICLE: Portrait of a Poison: Datura in Buddhist Magic
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NEW SPECIAL ISSUE ARTICLE: Portrait of a Poison: Datura in Buddhist Magic

“Portrait of a Poison: Datura in Buddhist Magic,” by Samuel M. Grimes, University of California, Berkeley Abstract: The psychoactive plant Datura metel appears across a range of traditions in premodern South Asia preserved in texts. Among those traditions is the form of tantric Buddhism (Vajrayāna) located in the yoginī tantras. In Vajrayāna works, the plant…

What is Contemplation?: An Interview with Loriliai Biernacki

What is Contemplation?: An Interview with Loriliai Biernacki

Loriliai Biernacki is a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is the author of Renowned Goddess of Desire (2007) and The Matter of Wonder: Abhinavagupta’s Panentheism and New Materialism (2023). She is also co-chair of the Contemplative Studies unit at the American Academy of Religion.  Conducted by Erin Burke, a…

CALL FOR PAPERS: AAR Contemplative Studies Unit

CALL FOR PAPERS: AAR Contemplative Studies Unit

This year, the Contemplative Studies Unit especially invites proposals addressing the role of different epistemologies relative to Contemplative Studies, comparative or otherwise. Particularly we are looking for panels and papers on: Chairs Steering Committee Members Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 8th at 5pm EST. For more information on submissions, visit the AAR website.

UVA Press Book Series: Varieties of Contemplative Experience

UVA Press Book Series: Varieties of Contemplative Experience

The Varieties of Contemplative Experience series from the University of Virginia Press is devoted to wide-ranging humanistic scholarship exploring the world’s rich legacy of contemplative traditions across cultures, religions, and historical periods. The ambit of this series ranges from ancient times to the near past and the contemporary, from religions to the spiritual but not…