A Critical Theory-Praxis for Contemplative Studies

Zachary David Walsh


This paper will adopt the lens of critical theory to understand how internal and external tensions appear in the commoditization of meditation through its mediation in the culture industry and science. I will use critical theory to argue that meditation is defined by a repressive rationality functioning within Happy Consciousness and scientific operationalism. Finally, I will offer hopeful remarks about the future of contemplative studies by offering a unity of theory and praxis that attempts to transcend the social context in which meditation is currently thought and practiced.

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