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EVA Alumni Talk Series: Dr. Terje Sparby
Title of talk: “First-Person Methods in Contemplative Science: Micro-phenomenology, Anthroposophy, and the Stages of Meditation"

In this talk I will describe the unfolding of a research endeavor based on the idea of a first-person approach to contemplative science. I will outline a philosophical framework for this approach, show how it has been influenced by research on Anthroposphic meditation, and give examples of how first-person methods can contribute to current research on meditation and contemplative development. The guiding idea and motivation behind this approach is that it is possible to involve oneself fully as a practitioner in the research one does. A meditator’s exploration of the process of awakening does not have to be separate from their scientific search for truth and their commitment to intellectual rigor. The research that I will present is based on previous work done as a visiting scholar at the Mind and Life Institute in the US and work supported by the Varela Awards of the Mind and Life Institute in Europe.

Sep 22, 2022 06:00 PM in Amsterdam

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