Everyone who has learned
Acem Meditation knows that meditation is not about emptying the mind, as many
others tend to believe. The challenge is to become friends with everything that
spontaneously emerges in consciousness. Restlessness, tension, and ruminating
thoughts may be experienced as garbage in the body and mind, but often hide a
sparkling diamond. This kind of experience is supported by old meditative
In the fifteen chapters of this new book, experts in neuroscience, medicine, psychology, philosophy, and the humanities share groundbreaking perspectives on how nondirective meditation interactswith brain and body, mind and culture.
An interview with meditating authorof crime fiction Bjørn Bottolvs
A naked man dead in a shed by a lake in the
outskirts of Oslo, with a small tea candle on his chest. Murdered? Bjørn
Bottolvs’s tenth crime novel is titled Facing Death.
In the novel, solving the murder case involves Acem’s cultural periodical Dyade, which in 2012 published an issue with the
same title. A coincidence? Hardly. Bjørn learned Acem Meditation at a summer
retreat in 1973 and has been meditating daily ever since.
What does science say? In this new book, experts in neuroscience, medicine, psychology, philosophy and the humanities share groundbreaking perspectives on how nondirective meditation interacts with brain and body, mind and culture.
The recent book, Meditation and Culture: The Interplay of Practice and Context», edited by Halvor Eifring, has been reviewed in the journal Religious Studies Review (Vol. 43 No. 4, December 2017). The reviewer maintains that the book «offers provocative new insights for understanding meditation practice. …
Ester Nilsson is a complex woman who has been frequently discussed in newspapers, social media and various columns. She sometimes appears rational, verbal and intellectually sharp, and at other times irrational and immature. Read more…
From the beginning of the Western philosophical tradition, the quest for self-knowledge has been central. We must know ourselves as human beings and our place in the world and in interpersonal relationships, i.e. how our lives should be lived. This was the point of departure when Mattias Solli recently defended his doctoral thesis in philosophy. Read more…
The classic introduction – available for the first time in English
This book presents the classic introduction to Acem’s theory and practice of meditation, written by the founder. Psychology of Silence provides an easy-to-read account of the technique and its effects on health and personality. The book also includes chapters on meditative silence and the cultural background of Acem Meditation. Read more…
Bloomsbury Press, London, Delhi, New York and Sydney, 2015. 280 pages. ISBN: 9781472579911
What is the relation between meditation and culture?
Over the last decade Halvor Eifring has been undertaking an inter-disciplinary research project to explore the nature of ‘meditation’ and the cultures in which it is practiced and undertaken. A conference was held near Oslo in 2011, bringing together internationally-renowned scholars who sought to answer the question: What is the relationship between meditation and culture? This book is the fourth product of their contributions – with discussions of practices that travel from one culture to another, or are surrounded by competing cultures; and exploration of cultures that bring together competing practices, or that are themselves mosaics of elements of different origins. Read more…