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  • Published: 1 November 2013
  • ISBN: 9781583947142
  • Imprint: North Atlantic
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $29.99

Evolving Dharma

Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment



A no-nonsense guide to the evolution of meditation, mindfulness, and enlightenment in modern-day society—from their religious origins in the East to their more secular incarnations in the West

Evolving Dharma is the definitive guide to the meditation revolution. Fearless, unorthodox, and irreverent scholar and activist Jay Michaelson shows how meditation and mindfulness have moved from ashrams and self-help groups to classrooms and hospitals, and offers unusually straight talk about the “Big E”— enlightenment. Michaelson introduces us to maverick brain hackers, postmodern Buddhist monks, and cutting-edge neuroscientists and shares his own stories of months-long silent retreats, powerful mystical experiences, and many pitfalls along the way. Evolving Dharma is a must-read for the next-generation meditator, the spiritually cynical, and the curious adventurer in all of us.

  • Published: 1 November 2013
  • ISBN: 9781583947142
  • Imprint: North Atlantic
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Jay Michaelson

JAY MICHAELSON, PhD, is a scholar, activist, practicing Buddhist, and teacher of Jewish mysticism (Kabbalah). He has written extensively on meditation, religion, sexuality, and law. Associate editor of Religion Dispatches magazine and contributing editor to the Forward newspaper, he is a frequent contributor to the Daily Beast, the Huffington Post, Reality Sandwich, Salon, and Tikkun magazine. His work has also been featured on CNN, NPR, and in the New York Times. A longtime LGBT activist who teaches regularly for national LGBT organizations like GLAAD, he is also the founder of Nehirim, a national LGBT Jewish community.

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Praise for Evolving Dharma

Praise for Evolving Dharma Evolving Dharma tells a story that is changing the world: the mainstreaming of meditation and the democratization of wisdom. This is not only the best book on contemporary mindfulness; it is the first of its kind. -Josh Baran, former Zen monk and author of The Tao of Now "I highly recommend this book. Its scholarship on the past is solid, its review of the present is revealing, and its sense of possibility grounded in both kindness and vision -Daniel Ingram, author of Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha What a fantastic book! Smart, tender, incisive, and visionary. If you only read one dharma book this year, read Evolving Dharma.” -Kenneth Folk, teacher, Kenneth Folk Dharma and Buddhist Geeks Praise for other books by Jay Michaelson What an amazing book this is! Jay Michaelson - in a voice that is informed, authoritative and sweetly accessible - has presented every aspect of our physical lives as yet another opportunity to experience how the ordinary becomes miraculous. -Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness is an Inside Job The simplicity of being fully present in the body and the depth of Judaic spiritual tradition find beautiful companionship in this book -Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness

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