Contemplation and Contexts
David Germano, director of the University of Virginia’s Contemplative Sciences Center offers his thoughts on the center and its progress in the year since it was formed.
David Germano, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia, in partnership with Shauna Shapiro, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University, has a Mind and Life fellowship to pursue a wide ranging study on the centrality of contexts in contemplation. The project, running from 2013-14, is examining how philosophical, social, aesthetic, environmental and other contexts are centrally constitutive of the nature, dynamics, and impact of any given contemplative practice, rather than being incidental. Much of scientific research is insufficiently attentive to such realities, such that this study hopes to provide an important corrective and guide. Results are expressed in publications that speak to psychological and humanistic audiences respectively.