Dr. Jay Michaelson is the author of five books and 300+ articles on contemplative practice, religion, and sexuality. His newest book is Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment, which has been called “the definitive guide to the meditation revolution.” He holds a J.D. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Hebrew University, and has held teaching positions at Yale University and Boston University Law School. Outside the academy, he has taught at Burning Man (for ten years), Kripalu, and meditation centers around the world. Jay is currently a Visiting Researcher at Brown University, working in the Varieties of Contemplative Experience project.


The last twenty years have witnessed a revolution in the West’s embrace of meditation. Mindfulness is now everywhere: schools, hospitals, even the U.S. Marines. But the most radical changes are yet to come. With new scientific data showing how meditation changes the brain, contemplative practice is set to explode. This workshop will consist of two parts. First, Jay will explain and contextualize some of this new information and talk about the potential “fork in the road” between McMindfulness and serious practice. Second, we’ll talk about the profound, life-changing experiences you can have through meditation, and why absorption into the bliss of light, love, and enlightenment is not that big a deal.