Publications

Contemplative Studies is an emerging interdisciplinary field. It is closely associated with other fields of inquiry such as consciousness studies, mysticism studies, psychology, neuroscience, religious studies and so forth. As such, a wide range of relevant publications, with their degree of relevance depending on one's approach and interests, exist.

In order to develop a sophisticated and integrated understanding, researchers, educators, and students may consider critical pedagogy, embodiment, the physiology of meditation and mystical experience, theories of practice, specific historical studies, and so forth. Such publications may approach contemplative practice and experience from a variety of perspectives, including anthropological, historical, neuroscientific, pedagogical, psychological, theological, and so forth.

Members of the Contemplative Studies Unit (CSU) of the American Academy of Religion have compiled a select bibliography of Contemplative Studies. As this bibliography indicates, Contemplative Studies is broadly conceived and wide ranging.

Some important recent publications related to Contemplative Studies include the following:

  • Daniel Barbezat and Mirabai Bush. Contemplative Practices in Higher Education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2014.
  • Beth Berila. Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy. London and New York: Routledge, 2016.
  • Michael Franklin. Art as Contemplative Practice. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2017.
  • Olen Gunnlaugson et al., eds. The Intersubjective Turn: Theoretical Approaches to Contemplative Learning and Inquiry Across Disciplines. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2017.
  • Louis Komjathy, ed. Contemplative Literature: A Comparative Sourcebook on Meditation and Contemplative Prayer. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2015.
  • Louis Komjathy. Introducing Contemplative Studies. West Sussex, England and Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2018.
  • Patricia Owen-Smith. The Contemplative Mind in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2018.
  • Jacob Sherman. Partakers of the Divine: Contemplation and the Practice of Philosophy. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2014.
  • Susan Walsh, Barbara Bickel, and Carl Leggo, eds. Arts-based and Contemplative Practices in Research and Teaching. London and New York: Routledge, 2015.