May 13, 2013
Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment is a “next generation” book about the changing face of meditation and spirituality in America, written by one of the world’s leading BuJus (Buddhist Jews), Forward columnist and bestselling author Jay Michaelson. The book explores the nexus between meditation and spirituality, the way in which many Jews today bring together Buddhism and Judaism, and how advances in neuroscience and secularization have made meditation more widespread than ever before. Evolving Dharma shows how meditation has moved from exotic spiritual practice to a secular spiritual “technology” taught in prisons, schools, and synagogues, and provocatively argues that new findings in neuroscience, coupled with new interest in meditation’s proven benefits to physical and mental health, will lead to an explosion in “contemplative fitness” in healthcare, corporate, and educational contexts. Dr. Jay Michaelson, recently included on the Forward 50 list of the most influential American Jews, is a sought-after teacher who has been a scholar in residence at over 30 synagogues around the country.