The mind behind the mind – spontaneous thought and beyond

Acem Webinar on 10 April, 2021 (Saturday) 16:00-17:00 (Central European Summer Time)

A link to the event will be distributed via Acem’s e-news. Subscribe to Acem e-news. 

People have meditated for thousands of years, partly for health and well-being, partly for self-improvement, and partly for something numinous beyond such this-worldly concerns. While Acem’s approach to meditation is modern and largely scientific, it is still worth asking: What do the experiences discussed in the various traditions of meditation have to tell us about the meditative process? What do they have to say about the baggage we are carrying with us into this process? Or about the need to liberate ourselves from this baggage? More specifically, how do they think we should deal with distractions? And where will the wandering mind take us when it is set free?

This webinar will aim to use what we know about various cultures of meditation to shed light on common challenges and concerns of our present-day lives and meditations, in particular the widespread rootlessness of modern and postmodern societies.

Halvor Eifring is an Acem Meditation initiator and a professor of Chinese who has published extensively on the cultural histories of meditation. He is currently leading a research project on the attitudes towards spontaneous thought in science, philosophy, and contemplative traditions.

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