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…

NEW ARTICLE: A Study of Cheng Yi’s Quiet-Sitting Meditation

NEW ARTICLE: A Study of Cheng Yi’s Quiet-Sitting Meditation

“A Study of Cheng Yi’s Quiet-Sitting Meditation and Other Contemplative Practices in the Confucian Context”  Abstract: This study delves into Cheng Yi’s (程頤, 1033–1107) Ruist (Confucian) contemplative practices, addressing a gap in contemplative studies from a Ruist perspective. As a seminal thinker in the Cheng-Zhu lineage, Cheng Yi developed various practices, including quiet-sitting meditation, beholding,…

NEW ARTICLE: Religious and Scientific Worldviews in Meditation-Related Challenges

NEW ARTICLE: Religious and Scientific Worldviews in Meditation-Related Challenges

“Relationships between Religious and Scientific Worldviews in the Narratives of Western Buddhists Reporting Meditation-Related Challenges”  Abstract: Contemporary Buddhist meditators in the West are likely to find themselves engaged in practices with rich associations with both religious and scientific worldviews. Meditation-related challenges can provoke existential concerns that make unexplored relationships between religious and scientific worldviews more…

OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS: Journal of Contemplative Studies
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OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS: Journal of Contemplative Studies

On behalf of the Executive Board, we are thrilled to announce that the Journal of Contemplative Studies (JCS) is open for submissions. The Journal of Contemplative Studies is a peer-reviewed, open access digital journal published by the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia. The journal publishes original research and scholarship on topics related…