Today as never before in our time there is a surge of interest in Meditation and its related disciples, both religious and secular.
This appears to be fuelled by the realization that in spite of all the great advances of science and technology, or perhaps because of them, the human family seems to be moving towards its own destruction. Modern science tends to look outward and has until now largely neglected the human mind. Thus the very instrument which makes science possible has been largely ignored.
This lack is being realized in many circles and there is a movement to address the balance. There are many groups and fields of enquiry working in this area and it is our hope that by setting up this Network and website we may help to shown the extent of this work and enable networking and sharing of the results, as well helping people seeking their own growth and transformation to be aware of the extent of what is available.
Our main aims are as follows:
1. All major wisdom traditions (e.g. Christianity, Buddhism, Kabala, Sufism, etc.) make use of meditation and other transformative practices to develop individual insight and understand the nature of human existence. Our aim is to promote dialogue between traditions and individuals involved in contemplative practices, as well as those involved in secular forms of meditation such as Mindfulness, in order to increase collective knowledge of all these approaches, both religious and secular and bring them together to increase mutual benefit.
2. To explore and make known the scientific research being done in the relationship between Buddhist meditation and the scientific study of consciousness. One of the greatest potentials of this interface is that Buddhists may encourage scientists to question their materialistic assumptions and incorporate sophisticated systems of contemplative inquiry within the scientific community. This may give rise to the first true revolution in the mind sciences, which is bound to have profound repercussions for the rest of science and humanity at large. Likewise, scientists may encourage Buddhists to question their own assumptions, to revitalize their own traditions of contemplative inquiry, and to integrate them with the empirical methods of modern science. In short, Buddhists and scientists may help each other in overcoming their tendencies to dogmatism and replace this with a fresh and open-minded spirit of empiricism, with special reference to how these can be beneficial to the contemplative traditions and vice versa.
3. Networking between groups involved in any of these things.
4. To try to raise funds to support those engaged in long term meditation practice with a view to being of benefit to this dialogue and contributing to a deeper understanding of consciousness.
5. To support in any way we can research projects relating to contemplative consciousness.