[INDOLOGY] Call for papers: Ancient Buddhist Meditation (Groningen)

Lucas den Boer l.den.boer.1 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 11 07:09:26 UTC 2019


*Ancient Buddhist Meditation:*

*Historical, Philosophical and Comparative Perspectives*

*6 November 2019*

Faculty of Philosophy, room OMEGA

Oude Boteringestraat 52, 9717 GL


*Keynote Speaker:*

*Prof. Rupert Gethin (Bristol)*


Meditation practices are a core component of ancient Indian Buddhism and an
essential factor in the development of Buddhist philosophy as a whole.
Ancient Buddhist meditation is naturally intertwined with key philosophical
topics such as the nature of consciousness and qualia, the phenomenology of
subjective experience, the nature of emotions, the self, causality, free
will and the meaning of life. Today, scholars in cognitive psychology and
neurosciences are actively engaged in exploring meditation practices as a
promising field for raising new questions and develop new approaches about
the nature of the mind-body relationship. At the same time, historians of
Western philosophy and philosophers of religion begin to reappraise the
importance of meditative traditions in the West and their impact on the
shaping of philosophical debates of the past. This symposium focuses on
ancient Indian Buddhist meditation practices as an interdisciplinary topic
to bring together historical, philosophical and scientific research on the
historical and conceptual implications of Buddhist meditation and its
potential for comparative and global philosophy.

*Call for papers*

We welcome abstracts for talks related to the theme of the symposium.
Please submit abstracts (400 words max.) suitable for anonymous review in
PDF to a.sangiacomo at rug.nl

*Deadline: 1 September 2019* (before midnight).

Decisions will follow by September 10.

Attendance is free and all are welcome, especially students.

No financial assistance can be provided to support travel expenses and

Please register here <https://forms.gle/5ZW3SKvchtH6yRkx5>.

For information please contact: a.sangiacomo at rug.nl – for updates, please
visit the website

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