CONFERENCE RECAP: American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, 2023

CONFERENCE RECAP: American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, 2023

The American Academy of Religion hosted its 2023 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX, November 18-21. Among the hundreds of panels and roundtable discussions were notable explorations of contemplative practice among scholars of religion, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, and art history. These discussions were not only convened by the Contemplative Studies program unit of AAR but…

Generative Contemplation Symposium 2023 Video Proceedings: Self-Emergent Visions

Generative Contemplation Symposium 2023 Video Proceedings: Self-Emergent Visions

The Generative Contemplation Symposium was hosted by the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia in April 2023. The following is the video proceedings along with searchable transcripts of Session IV: Self-Emergent Visions which focused on the deliberate elicitation of effortless self-emergent visionary experiences. We invite you to watch these creative interdisciplinary explorations between…

Generative Contemplation Symposium 2023 Video Proceedings: Dreams and Illusions

Generative Contemplation Symposium 2023 Video Proceedings: Dreams and Illusions

The Generative Contemplation Symposium was hosted by the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia in April 2023. The following is the video proceedings along with searchable transcripts of Session III: Dream and Illusion Practices which focused on the induction of perceptual and cognitive illusions. Video proceedings from other sessions will be posted in…

Generative Contemplation Symposium 2023 Video Proceedings: Nonduality

Generative Contemplation Symposium 2023 Video Proceedings: Nonduality

The Generative Contemplation Symposium was hosted by the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia in April 2023. The following is the video proceedings along with searchable transcripts of Session II: Nondual Awareness Practices which focused on the subject-object dichotomy in meditation. Video proceedings from other sessions will be posted in subsequent posts. We…

Generative Contemplation Symposium 2023 Video Proceedings: Attention

Generative Contemplation Symposium 2023 Video Proceedings: Attention

The Generative Contemplation Symposium was hosted by the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia in April 2023. The following is the video proceedings along with searchable transcripts of Session I: Cognitive Effort and Control Practices which focused on issues of attention in meditation. Video proceedings from other sessions will be posted in subsequent…

CONFERENCE RECAP: Generative Contemplation Symposium at University of Virginia, April 2023
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CONFERENCE RECAP: Generative Contemplation Symposium at University of Virginia, April 2023

The Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC) at the University of Virginia (UVA) hosted its first Generative Contemplation Symposium in Charlottesville, Virginia from April 20-21, 2023. This gathering convened religious studies scholars, philosophers, cognitive neuroscientists, artists, and Buddhist practitioners to present their research, reflections, and theories on contemplative practices, and discuss the effects of contemplation on human…

Vajrayana Buddhism and Science Workshop Video Proceedings

Vajrayana Buddhism and Science Workshop Video Proceedings

Over several days in March and early April 2021, Maria Kozhevnikov at the National University of Singapore convened a private online workshop, Bridging Esoteric Vajrayana Buddhism Practices with Science to Enhance Human Cognition. We are delighted to make the transcribed video proceedings of this workshop publicly available.  The goal of the workshop was to bring psychologists,…

CONFERENCE RECAP: International Society for Contemplative Research (ISCR) 2023
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CONFERENCE RECAP: International Society for Contemplative Research (ISCR) 2023

The International Society for Contemplative Research (ISCR) held its inaugural conference in San Diego from February 2-5, 2023. The conference promoted interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration amongst diverse fields including Neuroscience, Psychological and Social Sciences, Education and Developmental Sciences, Philosophy, Religion and the Humanities, Social and Environmental justice, Medicine and Healthcare. Experts and trainees from around…