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.