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Contemplative Studies in Dharma Traditions

Edited by
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.

  1. In this article the alternating voices of colleagues and collaborators Jane Brucker and Christopher Chapple describe their way of using contemplative pedagogies to bring Engaged Learning to their students at L...

    Authors: Jane Brucker and Christopher Key Chapple
    Citation: International Journal of Dharma Studies 2017 5:7
  2. This paper addresses imagination, focusing on two words, bhāvana and vikalpa, both frequently translated as "imagination," and addresses the connections imagination has with the body, specifically within the cont...

    Authors: Loriliai Biernacki
    Citation: International Journal of Dharma Studies 2017 5:4
  3. Sri Chinmoy (1931–2007) has written extensively on the concrete details of contemplative practice as well as its purpose in the wider context of yoga as a system of spiritual disciplines leading to God-realiza...

    Authors: Kusumita P. Pedersen
    Citation: International Journal of Dharma Studies 2016 4:15