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Meditation, Buddhism, and Science

David McMahan and Erik Braun


This volume discusses modern transformations of Buddhist and Buddhist-derived meditation and the scientific studies of these practices from the humanistic perspective of scholars in the interdisciplinary field of Buddhist Studies. Meditation, particularly “mindfulness” meditation, has garnered enormous attention in recent years as the object of scientific study, to the point of redefining the very conception of meditation in the popular imagination and the academy. For millennia, these practices occurred almost exclusively in monastic contexts for soteriological purposes. Yet today, the instit ... More

Keywords: meditation, mindfulness, Buddhism, science, humanism, monastery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190495794
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190495794.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David McMahan, editor
Charles A. Dana Professor of Religious Studes, Franklin and Marshall College

Erik Braun, editor
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia