As Buddhist meditation practices have been transmitted and translated from
their traditional contexts to the modern secular domains of scientific research and clinical psychology, many of the normative dimensions of the tradition have been de-emphasized. In particular, the modern study and appropriation of Buddhist meditation practices have tended to downplay analytical, investigative practices in favor of rhetorics of nonconceptuality and direct experience. This panel will address the limitations of defining meditation in terms of a bare experiencing that requires a reduction in, or transcending of, thinking. This panel will also draw out the implications in studying and promoting an approach to meditation that is unable to take into account the various ways in which Buddhists have insisted that right view, wise discrimination, and analytical meditation are essential for both contemplative practice and ethical behavior

Jared Lindahl, PhD

Brown University


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

Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, PhD

Emory University


Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D., is Associate Director for SEE Learning at the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University. Prior to this, he served as Associate Professor … MORE

Martijn van Beek, PhD

Aarhus University, Denmark


Martijn van Beek, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and based at the Interacting Minds Centre at Aarhus University in Denmark. He lived and worked among … MORE