Christopher Miller, University of California, Davis, USA
The five articles in this collection approach contemplative practice from various philosophical, pedagogical, and scientific perspectives. The diverse contents presented here will likely interest a broad range of readers including scholars, students, and practitioners alike. Starting from the presentation of contemplative practice from within dharma traditions, the articles address contemplative pedagogy and discuss how and why contemplative practices should be used as pedagogical techniques in the university classroom, with extremely meaningful examples in the classic liberal arts, visual arts, and ecology. Fascinating insights are then provided about meditation and breath practices, adding anatomical and physiological perspectives to the study of contemplative studies.
Taken as a whole, the authors’ contributions amplify the relevance of contemplative practices during our shared times of political, social, and environmental uncertainty and provide multiple pathways and methods for understanding, disseminating, and appreciating such practices.