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I. Religious Studies – II. Christianity – III. The Religions of India – IV. Buddhism

I. Religious Studies

Meditation is a general term for different, variously contextualized methods of training consciousness that are found in various religions. The term itself originated in the Platonic/Neoplatonic Christian tradition (Platonism, Neoplatonism), where it means “intensively focused thought.” The works of Hugh and Richard of St. Victor as well as Bonaventu…

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Brück, Michael v., Nicol, Martin, Bäumer, Bettina and Mürmel, Heinz, “Meditation/Contemplation”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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