Contemplative sciences could be defined as “Efforts to promote human flourishing by training the mind” (Dahl and Davidson, 2019). This would include areas such as meditation, yoga, mantra recitation, or intensive breathing or healing-intent movements. This vision is in line with pioneer visionaries in psychology and psychiatry such as Carl Gustav Jung or Ken Wilber, and is connected with Transpersonal Psychology.
In recent decades, research has been mainly directed at mindfulness. In the last fifteen years compassion has also been added, but the potential that the contemplative sciences have and that must be analyzed by science is immense.
We live in an incredibly interesting time when many contemplative teachers are teaching mindfulness and most people who have been practicing mindfulness for years automatically gravitate to the contemplative sciences.
The Chair of Contemplative Sciences at the University of Zaragoza, Spain, is the first institution of its kind in a Spanish-speaking university, just as the Master of Mindfulness was the first master’s degree on this subject at a Spanish-speaking university.