Meditation Around the World


Meditation has become widely popular. Driving its popularity are its alleged powers for the healing or alleviation of psychological and physical ailments, from depression and anxiety to hypertension and pain, and most especially stress — the disease of our age. But despite the popularity of meditation techniques, like mindfulness, few people are aware of the rich history and diversity of meditation practices developed by the great spiritual traditions of the world to understand and transform ourselves.

This day school will explore the theory and practice of meditation around the world, focusing on Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian perspectives. We will also review debates about the goals of spiritual versus secular meditation, its potential for healing or harm, and the scientific myths and facts of meditation.

The speakers include experienced teachers and researchers of meditation who will guide us throughout the day on the use of some techniques.

This course will close for enrolment 2 days prior to the start date

Programme details

Registration for in-person attendees

Meditation Around the World: A Very Brief History and its Science
Dr Miguel Farias

Tea/coffee break

Meditation in Hinduism
Swami Ambikananda Saraswati

Lunch break

Meditation in Buddhism
Dr David Brazier

Tea/coffee break

Meditation in the Contemporary West
Sara Shah [presenting remotely]

Course disperses


Description Costs
Tuition - in-person attendance (includes tea/coffee) £85.00
Tuition - virtual attendance £75.00
Baguette £6.10
Hot lunch (three courses) £16.50


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr Miguel Farias

Speaker and Course Director

Miguel Farias is an experimental psychologist, former Lecturer at Oxford University, founding director of the Brain, Belief, & Behaviour Lab, co-author of ‘The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Change You?’, and lead editor of the Oxford Handbook of Meditation.

Swami Ambikananda Sarasvati


Swami Ambikananda is the founding president of the Traditional Yoga Association and a Hindu monastic. She is the author of various books on Yoga and meditation, as well as a translator of the Katha Upanishad and the Uddhava Gita, among others.

Dr David Brazier


David Brazier is president of the International Zen Therapy Institute, author of ten books on Buddhism, psychology and culture, and a Buddhist priest. He lectures on Buddhism and Buddhist psychology around the world.

Ms Sara Shah


Sara Shah has worked with numerous tech companies and startups as an advisor to build meditation and mental health content for apps. Her academic research focused on compassion and mindfulness-based meditation practices for populations suffering from PTSD, particularly female and child refugees.


Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then please contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email for details of availability and discounted prices.

IT requirements

For those joining us online

We will be using Zoom for the livestreaming of this course. If you’re attending online, you’ll be able to see and hear the speakers, and to submit questions via the Zoom interface. Joining instructions will be sent out prior to the start date. We recommend that you join the session at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time – just as you might arrive a bit early at our lecture theatre for an in-person event.

Please note that this course will not be recorded.