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“since feeling is first:” Hedonic Tone (_Vedanā_) in the Meditation Practice of S. N. Goenka

October 20, 2020 - 11:15am


Erik Braun, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at University of Virginia

Erik Braun co-edited with David McMahan the volume “Buddhism, Meditation, and Science” (Oxford University Press, 2017) and is the author of “The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw” (University of Chicago Press, 2013), which was a co-winner of the Toshihide Numata Book Prize in Buddhism in 2014. Currently, he is working on a book project about contemporary transformations of meditative practice on the global stage. His research focuses on Burmese Buddhism in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Pāli literature, and the roots of modern forms of meditative practice. He received his Ph.D. in the Study of Religion from Harvard University.