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 Group (CSG) 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:

  • Herbert Benson and William Proctor. Relaxation Revolution. Chicago: Scribner, 2010.
  • Mirbai Bush, ed. Contemplation Nation. Kalamazoo, MI: Fetzer Institute, 2011.
  • Jorge Ferrer and Jacob Sherman, eds. The Participatory Turn. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2009.
  • Richard Hanson. Buddha's Brain. Berkeley: New Harbinger Press, 2009.
  • Thomas Plante, ed. Contemplative Practices in Action. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2010.
  • Judith Simmer-Brown and Fran Grace, ed. Meditation and the Classroom. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2011.