The Oxford Handbook of Meditation

ISBN : 9780198808640

Miguel Farias; David Brazier; Mansur Lalljee
1008 ページ
171 x 246 mm
Oxford Library of Psychology

Meditation techniques, including mindfulness, have become popular wellbeing practices and the scientific study of their effects has recently turned 50 years old. But how much do we know about them: what were they developed for and by whom? How similar or different are they, how effective can they be in changing our minds and biology, what are their social and ethical implications? The Oxford Handbook of Meditation is the most comprehensive volume published on meditation, written in accessible language by world-leading experts on the science and history of these techniques. It covers the development of meditation across the world and the varieties of its practices and experiences. It includes approaches from various disciplines, including psychology, neuroscience, history, anthropology, and sociology and it explores its potential for therapeutic and social change, as well as unusual or negative effects. Edited by practitioner-researchers, this book is the ultimate guide for all interested in meditation, including teachers, clinicians, therapists, researchers, or anyone who would like to learn more about this topic.


Part I. Overview
1 Miguel Farias, David Brazier, & Mansur Lalljee: Understanding and studying meditation
2 Richard King: Meditation and the Modern Encounter between Asia and the West
3 Doug Oman: Studying the Effects of Meditation: The First Fifty Years
Part II. Meditation across the World's Traditions
4 Gavin Flood: Hinduism and Meditation: Tantra
5 Bjarne Wernicke-Olesen: Hinduism and Meditation: Yoga
6 Tomer Persico: Judaism and Meditation
7 Martin Laird: Western Christianity and Meditation
8 Cyril Hovorun: Eastern Christianity and Meditation
9 Scott Kugle: Meditation in the Islamic Tradition
10 Sarah Shaw: Theravada Buddhism and Meditation
11 Caifang Zhu: Chan Buddhism and Meditation
12 Georgios Halkias: Buddhist Meditation in Tibet: Exoteric and Esoteric Orientations
13 Harold Roth: Classical Daoist Meditation: 400-100 B.C.E
14 Louis Komjathy: Daoist Meditation: From 100 CE to the Present
Part III. Varieties of Meditative Practices and Experiences
15 Nobuyoshi Yamabe: Concentration and Visualization Techniques in Buddhist Meditation
16 Carlos do Carmo Silva: The Phenomenology of Meditation: Commonalities and Divergences between Christian Meditatio and Hindu Dhy?na
17 Jessica Frazier: The Self in Meditation: The art of self-transformation
18 Ayesha Nathoo: Relaxation and Meditation
Part IV. Approaches to the Study of Meditation
Biology and Neuroscience
19 Kieran C. R. Fox and B. Rael Cahn: Meditation and the brain
20 Dusana Dorjee: Psychophysiology of Meditation
21 Tim Lomas: Meditation and emotion
22 Ivana Buric & Inti Brazil: Individual differences in meditation outcomes
23 Peter Sedlmeier and Kunchapudi SrinivasDR: Psychological Theories of Meditation in Early Buddhism and S??khya/Yoga
24 Michal Pagis: The sociology of meditation
25 Conrad Hackett: The demographics of meditation in the United States
26 Manu Bazzano: Meditation and the post-secular condition
27 Douglas E. Christie: Christian Contemplative Thought and Practice in the Contemporary World
28 Masoumeh Rahmani: Goenka's Vipassana Movement: From Conversion to Disaffiliation
29 Caroline Starkey: Meditation in Contemporary Monastic Life
Part V. Individual and Social Change through Meditation
Therapeutic Applications
30 Patricia Lynn Dobkin and Kaveh Monshat: Mental Illness Through the Lens of Mindfulness
31 Madhav Goyal and Heather L. Rusch: Mindfulness-based interventions in the treatment of physical conditions
32 David Orme-Johnson: Transcendental Meditation in the treatment of mental and physical conditions
33 David Brazier: Zen Therapy
Social Change
34 Ann Gleig: Enacting Social Change Through Meditation
35 Candy Gunther Brown: Meditation and Education
36 Katherine M. Auty: Meditation in Prison
Part VI. Debates and Controversies in Meditation
37 Jared R. Lindahl, Willoughby B. Britton, David J. Cooper, Laurence J. Kirmayer: Challenging and Adverse Meditation Experiences: Toward A Person-Centered Approach
38 Nathan Fisher: The Dark Nights of the Soul in Abrahamic Meditative Traditions
39 Juhn Y. Ahn: Meditation sickness
40 Brian Victoria: Meditation to kill and be killed by The Use of Sam?dhi Power (???) in Imperial Japan
41 Ron Purser and David Lewis: Neuroscience and meditation: Help or hindrance?
42 Etzel Cardena: Meditation, Exceptional Psychophysiological Control, and Parapsychology
43 Deane H. Shapiro, Jr.: Reflections on the role of control in meditation


Miguel Farias, BSc (Lisbon), MA (Wales), DPhil (Oxford) is the founding director of the Brain, Belief, & Behaviour Lab at Coventry University. After his doctorate in Experimental Psychology at Oxford University (2000-2004), he was a Research Fellow at Cambridge University and Oxford University (2005-2007) and a Lecturer in Experimental Psychology at Oxford University (2008-2013). His work focuses on the psychobiology of spiritual practices and beliefs, and in 2017 he won the William Bier award, given by the American Psychological Association, Division 36, for his outstanding contribution to research in the psychology of religion and spirituality. He is a regular speaker at Science festivals, and his popular book with Catherine Wikholm, 'The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Change You?', has been translated into various languages.; David Brazier, MA, PhD (Keele University) is president of the International Zen Therapy Institute, author of a dozen books and many chapters, monographs and articles on Buddhism, psychology and culture, a Buddhist priest, and head of a religious order. He holds professional qualifications in psychotherapy, social work and management and is an authority on Buddhist psychology. In the past he has practised as a psychotherapist and previously in social work, setting up rehabilitation schemes in the fields of mental health, respite care for the mentally handicapped, and juvenile delinquency, as well as aid projects for refugees. He lectures on Buddhism and Buddhist psychology in Europe, Asia and North & South America and supervises educational programmes in English and Spanish. He has practised meditation for over fifty years.; Mansur Lalljee BA (Bombay); BA, MA, DPhil. (Oxon.). Until his retirement, Mansur Lalljee was a University Lecturer in Social Psychology and Fellow of Jesus College, University of Oxford. After graduating with a degree in philosophy from the University of Bombay, he moved to Oxford to complete his studies in psychology, and stayed on the faculty at Oxford for the rest of his career. He has published work on a wide range of psychological issues including the psychology of respect; the psychology of explanation; religion; social and political attitudes; and interpersonal communication; and has been invited to talk about these issues at conferences and in Universities in several parts of the world. He has also held visiting appointments at Trinity College, Dublin, the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and Yale University, New Haven.