Meditation Research: Three Trends

Reports from my literature review of nearly a thousand mindfulness-based research articles since the 1960s shows three genres within meditation research: a scientistic approach, an ethnographic approach, and a context-mapping approach. I discuss these three genres and propose that they may be used as potentially useful organizing tools to help sift through the ongoing explosion of research within the field. Lastly, I discuss the particular significance of context mapping as a means by which alternative paradigms such as Buddhism may be integrated within the mainstream.