Buddhist Meditation and the Internet: Practices and Possibilities
By Joan Miller
Publication date: August 7, 2012
Print edition: 8″ x 5″ perfect bound trade paperback
Page count: TBD
Price (paper): US$11.95
E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF
Word count: 35,000
Price (e-book): US$6.99
We now know that people are trying to reproduce online much of what they do offline. So why is it that mediation is only a very small part of Buddhist Internet activity? How can this be so when the Internet is profoundly intertwined with our everyday lives and offers us so many religious possibilities? Buddhist Meditation and the Internet: Practices and Possibilities looks at what happens to meditation when it goes online by examining virtual meditators, worlds, iPad apps, real-time synchronous ‘sits’, and cross-hemisphere retreats. It paints an intriguing picture about the extent to which we can meditate without a body — or through a virtual one.
About the Author:
Joanne Miller has a PhD in the Sociology of Religion and is a member of the Mountain Moon Sangha. She is currently teaching Study of Religion, Philosophy and Reason, History and English to senior high school students.