THE CENTER FOR CONTEMPLATIVE RESEARCH
Fathom the mind. Heal the world.
We envision a contemplative renaissance:
Empowered by determined individuals, practicing in community.
Diving into the depths of reality, guided along charted courses by those who have explored those same vast waters in the past.
Replicating the contemplative discoveries made by generations of practitioners dwelling in silence, solitude, communion, and humility.
We believe such a renaissance is possible because we are committed to giving all that we are to rigorous study, careful understanding, sustainable practice, and genuine breakthroughs.
We envision a revolution in the mind sciences:
Overturning unfounded assumptions, breaking through artificial walls.
Honing the telescope of attention with which we can observe the inner space of the mind directly.
Discovering the nature of consciousness by looking right into it.
Researching the mind using contemplative methods.
Creating a laboratory where professional, full-time meditators collaborate on equal terms with professional, open-minded scientists.
Working together to design and implement experiments that integrate both first-person and third-person perspectives.
We step through the invisible walls of societal norms and prejudice by dissolving the hard dichotomies in our ways of thinking.
We embrace cultural and ethnic diversity and thus we heal and move forward together.
We develop a new paradigm for the dialogue between science and religion and nurture deep communion among religious traditions.
We honor long-standing traditions by daring to rise to their most exalted challenges.
And we seek to overturn cultural bias and ethnocentric assumptions in education, ethics, and science by recognizing and emulating the monumental contemplative achievements of premodern, nonwestern peoples.