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Religions 2016, 7(8), 98; doi:10.3390/rel7080098

Contemplative Science and Secular Ethics

Department of Positive Human Development and Social Change, Life University, 1269 Barclay Circle Marietta, GA 30060, USA
Academic Editors: Glen A. Hayes and Sthaneshwar Timalsina
Received: 21 April 2016 / Revised: 23 June 2016 / Accepted: 26 July 2016 / Published: 8 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cognitive Science and the Study of Yoga and Tantra)
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This article argues that the emerging project of contemplative science will be best served if it is informed by two perspectives. First, attention should be paid not only to non-analytical and/or mindfulness-based practices, but to a fuller range of contemplative practices, including analytical styles of meditation. Second, the issue of ethics must be addressed as a framework within which to understand contemplative practice: both theoretically in order to understand better the practices themselves and the traditions they come from, and practically in order to understand the ways in which contemplative practices are deployed in contemporary societies. The Tibetan Buddhist Lojong (blo sbyong) tradition and secularized practices derived from it, which are now an area of study in contemplative science, are examined as a kind of case study in order to make these two points and illustrate their importance and relevance for the future of this emerging field. View Full-Text
Keywords: contemplative science; meditation; compassion; secular ethics; Lojong contemplative science; meditation; compassion; secular ethics; Lojong
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