Call for Film Reviews
Journal of Contemplative Studies Blog
by JCS Editor
1d ago
We invite reviews of films in Contemplative Studies. Rigorous and insightful reviews are an integral part of JCS’s mission to inform and connect scholars and practitioners in the field of Contemplative Studies. Proposals are invited to review new films, as well as foundational works of filmmaking released in the last few years. A few possible titles for which we are looking for reviewers include: The Mountain Path. One Mind Productions, Edward Burger, 2021 Free: Duc in Altum. Bosco Films, Santos Blanco, 2023 Dark Red Forest. Autlook Films, Huaqing Jin, 2021 Zen for Nothing. Zeitgeist Films, W ..read more
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What is Contemplation: An Interview with Muhammad Faruque
Journal of Contemplative Studies Blog
by JCS Editor
1w ago
Muhammad Faruque is the Inayat Malik Assistant Professor and a Taft Center Fellow at the University of Cincinnati and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. He is the author of Sculpting the Self: Islam, Selfhood, and Human Flourishing (2021). 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?  MF: Contemplation for me is a cognitive, spiritual activity in which the mind, body, and spirit work in unison to transform the self. There are a number of terms to t ..read more
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Revisit the Generative Contemplation Symposium 2023
Journal of Contemplative Studies Blog
by JCS Editor
2w ago
In April 2023, the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia hosted its first Generative Contemplation Symposium in Charlottesville, Virginia. This gathering convened experts in Contemplative Studies – scholars, philosophers, cognitive neuroscientists, artists, and Buddhist practitioners – to present their research, reflections, and theories on contemplative practices. In four thematic sessions on attention, non-dual experience, dreams and illusions, and self-emergent visions, these leaders in the field discussed the effects of contemplation on human experience and possibilit ..read more
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What is Contemplation?: An Interview with Anne C. Klein
Journal of Contemplative Studies Blog
by JCS Editor
3w ago
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 Studies. JCS: What is contemplation? What do you mean when you talk about contemplation or the contemplative? How do you understand it? AK: Well, contemplation means a lot of things. It’s like the word “dance”—the twist, waltzing, ballet, moon walk ..read more
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Like Rocks and Mountains: A Contemplative Science Program under Threat
Journal of Contemplative Studies Blog
by JCS Editor
1M ago
Post by Dr. Frances Garrett at the University of Toronto In December when my cousin Kristin died, I was living in a windswept cedar-shingled house perched on a stone foundation 3,500 miles away, near the cold and rocky beaches of Nova Scotia. Kristin and I grew up together, spending summers at the family cabin on the cold and rocky beaches of the Pacific Northwest, and she had been sick for a year when she died. I was at a weekend retreat at the 1440 Multiversity near Santa Cruz meeting with participants of the Flourishing Academic Network, when they found a tumor in her lungs. She called me ..read more
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What is Contemplation?: An Interview with Martijn van Beek
Journal of Contemplative Studies Blog
by JCS Editor
1M ago
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 course at Aarhus University on Contemplative Life in Context, in Theory and in Practice, my colleague from the philosophy department, Professor Thomas Schwarz Wentzer teaches a class in which he goes through the not ..read more
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What is Contemplation?: An Interview with Martijn van Beek
Journal of Contemplative Studies Blog
by JCS Editor
1M ago
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 course at Aarhus University on Contemplative Life in Context, in Theory and in Practice, my colleague from the philosophy department, Professor Thomas Schwarz Wentzer teaches a class in which he goes through the not ..read more
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NEW SPECIAL ISSUE ARTICLE: Portrait of a Poison: Datura in Buddhist Magic
Journal of Contemplative Studies Blog
by JCS Editor
1M ago
“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 is most prominently used in instructions for bringing about one or more of the magical acts (ṣaṭkarman). This paper explores the possibility that datura was consumed for its hallucination-inducing potential by considering how the plant was ..read more
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What is Contemplation?: An Interview with Loriliai Biernacki
Journal of Contemplative Studies Blog
by JCS Editor
1M ago
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 doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia and a Research Assistant at the Journal of Contemplative Studies (JCS). JCS: What is contemplation and how do you understand contemplative practices?  Loriliai Biernacki: T ..read more
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CALL FOR PAPERS: AAR Contemplative Studies Unit
Journal of Contemplative Studies Blog
by JCS Editor
2M ago
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: Epistemologies for Contemplative Studies Cross-cultural revisitations of Contemplative Studies as a perennialist project Conceptions of the subtle body within praxis Ethnographic conceptions Micro-phenomenology Contemplative praxis and research in relation to information, AI, and its ramifications with ChatGPT Psychedelic substances and spirit medicines in relati ..read more
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