Compassion Training Weekend at Naropa

A researcher sets up a volunteer in the Jordan Quaglia lab.

December 7, 2017 (Boulder, CO)—Naropa University is pleased to announce that Professor Peter Grossenbacher, PhD, and Assistant Professor Jordan Quaglia, PhD have published a major paper in the journal Mindfulness, a peer-reviewed academic journal on psychology, published by Springer Science+Business Media. “Contemplative Cognition: A More Integrative Framework for Advancing Mindfulness and Meditation Research” attempts to outline an alternative approach to understanding mindfulness and meditation that explicitly accommodates many different perspectives.

Compassion meditation, visualization, and centering prayer are just a few of the contemplative practices already under investigation that do not fit neatly under the single umbrella of “mindfulness.” Critiques of mindfulness abound, but is there an alternative, more inclusive approach to integrating research across diverse practices? In their paper, Grossenbacher and Quaglia propose a new framework they call “contemplative cognition” to better support scientific understanding of the wide variety of contemplative states, traits, and trainings.

A pre-printed version of the paper can be found online, as well as in the December, 2017 issue of Mindfulness.

About Naropa University ( Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private, liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Naropa University is a leader in contemplative education, an approach to learning and teaching that integrates Eastern wisdom traditions and traditional Western scholarship. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Media inquiries, please contact Peter Grossenbacher, PhD or Jordan Quaglia, PhD

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