Yoga and Meditation Society for the Scientific Study of Spirituality
State University of New York, Oneonta
Oneonta, New York
The goal of this Local Society is to promote, on a formal and regular basis, a dynamic dialogue on the interaction of religion and science using yoga and meditation as a model. Studies on contemplative practice are readily available for discussion and debate and are instrumental in carrying on a vital exchange regarding the effects of yoga and meditation on the human personality and implications for the spiritual strengthening of the individual and society. Activities open to the public include regular Society meetings to engage in discussion of books, articles, or other research dealing with specific topics in this field. In addition, the society holds more formalized seminars featuring distinguished visiting scholars, as well as weekly guided yoga/meditation sessions. Topics for discussion include scientific research on yoga, meditation and spirituality; meaning and significance of life; globalization; consciousness; the individual and society; and nature. Information is shared and disseminated through the creation of a resource library, including videotapes that will be broadcast on public access television to reach the wider community. Meetings and events will be advertised through on-campus publications, local newspapers, and church, synagogue and mosque newsletters, A website will be developed and maintained by a student Society member. Distinguished speakers and contributors will be invited to submit manuscripts for publication of a special annual edition published by the Oneonta Philosophy Studies, a scholarly series that promotes exchange concerning traditional and contemporary issues in philosophy. Matching funds are provided by SUNY Oneonta.