The Ethical Framework for Buddhist Meditation Practice
The main objective of this GIF-funded joint research project is to improve the understanding of the relation between ethics and meditation in historical Buddhist contexts. Although from an ideological perspective the connection is stated clearly, explanations for the way that morality influences meditation are solely lacking. Close examination of this issue will not only provide a deeper comprehension of the underlying logic of Buddhist practice in its historical context; it will also make a valuable contribution to interdisciplinary research including psychology and psychotherapy.
Aim of this project
Our project has the following goals to achieve:
1. Discovering multiple antidotes against the disturbing factors of concentration (samādhi) in both Theravāda and Mahāyāna Buddhist traditions.
2. Examining the Buddhist theory of metaphor in terms of ethics, and illustrating multiple models and paths for the sake of concentration (samādhi).
3. Comparing our historical researches on Buddhist ethics and meditation with the living Buddhist tradition like Dzogchen and other practices.
4. Building bridge between Buddhist philologists and modern psychologists & psychotherapists on the topics of mindfulness and meditation.
This project is generously supported by a grant from the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development. From 12th to 14th May, 2019, a workshop “Meditation in the Clinic?” sponsored by the German-Israel Foundation (GIF), the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at Hamburg University, and the Khyentse Foundation was held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This three-day workshop contains a historical-philological section, a publicly open section on “Meditation in the clinic?” (its schedule can be downloaded here), and a section on “Meditation and psycho-therapy”.
Hundreds of participants from all over the world have participated in the workshop in Jerusalem. Some photos can be seen below. Our next annual workshop will be held in 2020 at Hamburg University. We cordially welcome your participation in Hamburg.
Presentations of some of our speakers can be downloaded here
Aviran Ben David, Prof. Georges Dreyfus, Dr. Iftah Yovel, Dr. Manuel Katz, Prof. David McMahan, Dr. Nava Levit Binnun, Prof. Dr. Stefan Schmidt, Hao Sun
Our group from the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at the Universität Hamburg
Our group from the Depatment of Comperative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem