How Does Contemplative Practice Benefit Us — And the Communities We Are Part Of?


In response to an old blog post of mine, Between Shambhala and the Catholic Church, one reader tweeted the following: Maybe those questions were big for Twitter, but I appreciate you asking them. Let me reflect on them here. Does contemplative practice bring uniques gifts/experiences, beyond protecting us and teaching us how to tell the truth? What does a contemplative practice do — not only for...

Can Contemplation Change the World?


Four years ago I wrote a blog post titled Is Contemplation Dangerous? It was a review of a book called The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Change You? Written by two British psychologists, the book looks at a variety of meditation practices, such as Transcendental Meditation and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, the book offers a balanced assessment of what science has to say about how meditation...

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