Humanistic Buddhism: Responding to Contemporary Developments
Today, the study of consciousness has become a major part of cognitive science and Buddhist meditation has found a home in science labs. Having made it to these sites of new technology, in some ways, meditation has been moved from being viewed as a metaphysical experience to the mainstream of science and quantitative analysis. This has given the practice a new imprimatur of respectability and perceived usefulness. Thus, in our contemporary world, the trail, by which Buddhism is making inroads into social and cultural spheres, leads not just to monasteries, shrines, temples, or religious organizations. Instead, we can see the imprint of influence taking place in universities, public schools, business headquarters, hospitals, mental health clinics, prisons, internet sites, and films. Much of the documentation of this is still limited to the internet and has not yet found its way into published scholarly volumes.