The Contemplative Development Mapping Project (CDMP) is a group of scholars, scientists, and practitioners who are personally and professionally committed to enriching our understanding of contemplative practices and experiences. This interdisciplinary “think tank” is comprised of researchers from a range of disciplines, including philosophy, sociology, psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience and religious studies. By integrating first-person, second-person, and third-person methodologies as a means of investigating the nature and trajectory of contemplative development, the group aims to draw upon the unique academic approaches of each of its members to produce high-quality interdisciplinary scholarship and research.

Since 2011, the CDMP has gathered annually, combining academic presentations and discussions with an innovative, self-directed retreat format. These hybrid conference/retreats provide a unique, informal opportunity for discussing works-in-progress, innovative and experimental ideas, and projects that align with questions born out of contemplative practice.

From December 30, 2014–January 4, 2015, the CDMP gathered at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies for their 4th conference/retreat, supported in part by Mind & Life Research Workshop funding. The experience was highly beneficial—generating useful insights for the individual participants, and also shedding light on a new path for the field by deeply integrating practice, scholarship, and discussion to arrive at more holistic insights about the nature of contemplative practice.

Participants investigated the theme of Buddhist modernism and its impact on the contemplative practices and experiences of contemporary Buddhists. This event was designed and hosted by Dr. Willoughby Britton and Dr. Jared Lindahl, co-directors of the Varieties of Contemplative Experience research project at Brown University, and board members of CDMP.


Organizers

Willoughby Britton, PhD

Brown University

Convening Faculty, Fellow, Grantee, PPC Member

Dr. Britton earned a B.A. in Neuroscience from Colgate University in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona in 2007.  She is the recipient of two … MORE

Jared Lindahl, PhD

Brown University

Grantee

Jared Lindahl, PhD is Visiting Scholar at the Cogut Center for the Humanities and Director of Humanistic Research in the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Lab at Brown University. He holds a … MORE


Participants

David Cooper, MA

Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Lab, Brown University

Nathan Fisher

University of California, Santa Barbara

David Loy, PhD

Radboud University, The Netherlands

Daniel Stuart, PhD

University of South Carolina

William Waldron, PhD

Middlebury College

John Tresch, PhD

University of Pennsylvania

Linda Heuman

Tricycle magazine, John Templeton Foundation, Brown University

Eric McCord

Forest Refuge, Insight Meditation Society

Wendy Hasenkamp, PhD

Science Director, Mind & Life Institute

Leigh Brasington

Theravada Buddhist meditation teacher



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