International Workshop on Meditative Visual Experience in Buddhist Traditions

Cambridge, UK – Scholars and experts from around the world came together to share their research and insights on the study of meditative visual experience in Buddhist traditions at a two-day workshop held on April 28-29, 2023. The event, which was available for a global audience to attend either in person or virtually through Zoom, was co-organized by the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (FAMES) and the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge.

The workshop covered a wide range of practices and perspectives, with discussions on meditative visual experiences in various Buddhist traditions, including Theravāda, Mahāyāna, and Vajrayāna perspectives. The event also featured a special session on the Yogalehrbuch, a meditation manual from Central Asia.

Supported by the Glorisun Global Network for Buddhist Studies, the Dhammachai International Research Institute (DIRI), and the 60th Dhammachai Education Foundation, the event aimed to provide valuable insights for scholars, practitioners, and anyone interested in the theory and practice of mindfulness and meditation in ancient and modern contexts. “The study of meditative visual experience in Buddhist traditions is a rich and complex field, and it is very worthy of scholarly attention,” said one of the organizers. “Through this workshop, we hope to foster peaceful interactions between individuals, societies, and the world.”

The event was attended by scholars, researchers, and practitioners from around the world, who shared their research and insights on various aspects of meditative visual experience in Buddhist traditions. It was a significant opportunity for participants to learn from each other and deepen their understanding of this important field of study.