Contemplative Creative Science
From Mindfulness-based Interventions towards the Contemplative Creative Science
In the last two decades, research on the effects of mindfulness- and compassion-based interventions and therapies are flourishing as these have been shown to have a variety of beneficial effects for different populations in mental health. However, little research on contemplative art- and creative-based therapy have been done, but it exists, and a couple of evidence-based interventions are emerging with calligraphy and mandala practices. Contemplative Arts (CA) are forms of meditation that are a continuum of mindfulness, compassion, and awareness meditation practices. There are multiple CA practices existing and adapted for secular clinical practice.
As Loizzo explained (2009a, 2017): “Contemplation” offers a general framework that encompasses all forms of meditation and yoga, including the recitation of practices like mantra and heart-prayer, visualization, intensive breathing, and movement. The breakthroughs in neuroscience, positive psychology, meditation research, and mindfulness interventions over the last two decades have been both timely and effective. It was robust enough to clear the way for broader integration of psychotherapy with contemplation, more along the lines envisioned by proponents of contemplative traditions, like Jung. (Loizzo, p.3, 2017).
What is Contemplative Creative Science (CCS)?
The Contemplative Creative Science (CCS) theoretical framework is informed by the many forms of contemplative science and arts disciplines in traditional and modern Buddhism, and the latest research-based on contemplative science and contemplative arts, Buddhist psychology, neuroscience, mindfulness- and compassion-based interventions.
In the Buddhist Nālandā monastery (5th c.) in India, also called by historian Nālandā University, students had to learn “five major sciences” :
"These five primary divisions of study are also known as the “classic sciences”: Grammar, Logic, Fine arts, Medicine, and Philosophy. In addition, students also were offered instruction in the “five minor sciences” known as the “ordinary sciences”. These included: Astrology, Poetry, Prosody (meter and sound), Lexicography (compiling of dictionaries, the study of synonyms), Dramatical Composition. Why were these topics considered important? The Sūtra of Great Skillful Means Repaying (The Buddha) with Gratitude (Thabs mkhas pa drin lan bsab pa’i mdo) addresses each aspect of study in turn." - *Jamgon Kongtrul, p.9.
Following the Buddhist model of Nālandā monastery of the "five major sciences", it was time to integrate the contemplative science and arts into the conception of the Contemplative Creative Science (CCS) theoretical framework which includes professional training and contemplative creative psychotherapy (CCP) with clinical approach and interventions. These CCS practices provide opportunities to develop attention and focus, increase awareness and understanding, support creative approaches to problem-solving, and consider the impacts of our actions (body, speech, and mind) on the world at large.
We offer one (1) contemplative creative science course introduction:
Contemplative Science and Arts (CSA):
A course introduction to contemplative science and arts with its integration in CCS.
Level 1- One (1) program in contemplative creative training:
2. Contemplative EmbodiedMind Training (CEMT):
A contemplative creative program focused on embodied mind training.
Level 2 - Three (3) programs for clinical interventions:
3. Contemplative Creative Psychotherapy (CCP):
A contemplative creative program focused on contemplative science, contemplative arts,
and contemplative psychotherapy.
4. Contemplative Photo Therapy (CPT):
A contemplative creative program focused on contemplative photography and psychotherapy.
5. Contemplative Creative Bio Therapy (CCBT):
A contemplative creative program focused on biological functions, ecosystems, and contemplative psychotherapy.