2002 Indic Colloquium
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Ashok Gangadean

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Haverford College
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041-1392



(610) 649-6395

(610) 896-1030




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Ashok Gangadean is Professor of Philosophy at Haverford College in Haverford, PA.


The Potential of Meditative Thinking for the 21st Century

In this presentation I will suggest that the powers and potential of meditative thinking, as developed in a range of classical Indian traditions of meditative philosophy, have not been adequately tapped and realized. I suggest that the continued predominance of egocentric forms of discourse have continued to eclipse or suppress the liberating and transformative powers of the holistic and integrative dynamics of meditative habits of mind. It is when we tap this largely unreleased power of meditative reason for culture making on a global scale in the 21st Century that the real potential of classical Indian thought for global cultural evolution may be realized. I will focus on releasing this potential of classical
meditative thought for the 21st Century in addressing the urgent crises now facing the human condition.