Original scholarship published on a rolling basis
The Journal of Contemplative Studies regularly publishes original research and scholarship on topics related to the world’s contemplative traditions — historical and contemporary, religious and secular. Articles are not restricted to a particular disciplinary or methodological approach as long as scholarship is deeply grounded in the humanities or transdisciplinary scholarship with a humanistic core, and adheres to the journal’s Focus and Scope. Articles are reviewed and published on a rolling basis, either independently, or within a Special Issue. Details about how to submit an article are on the Submissions page.
A Study of Cheng Yi’s Quiet-Sitting Meditation and Other Contemplative Practices in the Confucian Context
This study delves into Cheng Yi’s Ruist (Confucian) contemplative practices, addressing a gap in contemplative studies from a Ruist perspective. These practices, including quiet-sitting meditation, beholding, calligraphy, and restful sleep, emerged during political and social crises, amid diverse interpretations of Ruist classics and the influences of Buddhism and Daoism. Cheng Yi’s approach provides valuable comparative insights for contemporary contemplative studies and guidance for practitioners seeking to balance intellectualism, contemplation, and ethical action.
Review of Routledge Handbook of Yoga and Meditation Studies
This review discusses a helpful edited volume featuring recent scholarship on yoga and meditation studies that address the question: “What exactly is meditation?” In response, the editors “aim to expand the focus of meditation studies to show the diversity of South Asian meditation, including discussions of teachers writing in Telegu, Tamil, Malayalam, and other languages and texts including not only texts about meditation but also songs, poems, letters, and popular devotions. These discussions show the multiplicity of Hindu and South Asian forms of meditation and yoga, engaged in interreligious encounter with Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Islam, and Christianity.”
Review of Routledge Handbook on the Philosophy of Meditation
Francisco Figueroa Medina
This review outlines and evaluates the contributions of this important edited volume on recent scholarship about the philosophy of meditation. “Throughout this Handbook, we find different ways of understanding both philosophy and meditation, as well as their relationship. Some authors highlight the apparent tensions between the two, while others, the apparent harmony…. Anyone interested in the philosophy of meditation will undoubtedly be inspired by [this]… meaningful contribution to establishing this subfield within the academe.”