Edited by Deane H. Shapiro, Jr. and Roger N. Walsh
* Selected by Choices: The Journal of the Association of College and Research Libraries as one of the Outstanding Academic Books for 1984-1985. Outstanding Research Book, 1985, Japanese Government, Asahi Press: (see here)
This collection of contemporary articles on meditation is the most comprehensive ever assembled on the subject. The editors have selected works that are classics in the field, methodologically interesting, and clinically relevant.
- Table of Contents
- Classic perspectives of meditation: Toward an empirical understanding of meditation as an altered state of consciousness.
- A systems approach to meditation research: Guidelines and suggestions.
- Epilogue – As a spiritual discipline, meditation is an ancient and revered practice, and its most outstanding practitioners have been ranked among the wisest people in history. Unfortunately, that history and tradition is sometimes lost and/or forgotten by those who unquestioningly and evangelically embrace a particular meditation technique or path, and try to convince all around them of its absolute truth. On the other hand, it may also be lost to us as Western scientists if we are not careful of our own biases and views as we study meditation.