Matthew Drew is a student intern at the Contemplative Sciences Center. He is a Master’s student in Buddhist Modernities in the Department of Religious Studies. As an undergraduate he researched connections between 18th century American Protestant religious disputes, the psychology of religion, and contemporary mindfulness practices. Through this research he became fascinated by the ways in which historical forces can shape practices which discipline and construct our senses.
As a result of these interests, Matthew sought a position at CSC researching Tibetan contemplative practices and teachings. After finishing his Master’s, he plans to pursue a PHD in Buddhist Studies, focusing on state management of religious difference in 17th and 18th century Tibet.