Learning to Meditate

It is often said that we live in a society in which everyone is ‘searching for something’. More specifically, they are searching, we are to infer, for some kind of ‘spiritual’ fulfilment. Sometimes my naturally sceptical disposition makes me think this is just one of those lazy platitudes we have all taken for granted, like …

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Meditation in the Christian Tradition

Meditation is almost always assumed to be an Eastern spiritual discipline and many people, including practising Christians, are often surprised to discover that there is, in fact, a well-established tradition of contemplative spirituality within Christianity. That said, we should not simply assume that practices fulfilling a similar role within two different traditions are necessarily analogous …

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The Rise of Mindfulness

During the course of the first two decades of the new millennium, one particular brand of self-development – namely mindfulness, which is derived from Buddhist meditation teachings – achieved unprecedented levels of mainstream popularity. The story of how this came about is bound up with the wider story of the transmission of Buddhism to the …

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