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Council on Spiritual Practices (CSP) - USA - San Francisco CA
Type:Research organization

The Council on Spiritual Practices is a collaboration among spiritual guides, experts in the behavioral and biomedical sciences, and scholars of religion, dedicated to making direct experience of the sacred more available to more people. There is evidence that such encounters can have profound benefits for those who experience them, for their neighbors, and for the world.

CSP has a twofold mission: to identify and develop approaches to primary religious experience that can be used safely and effectively, and to help individuals and spiritual communities bring the insights, grace, and joy that arise from direct perception of the divine into their daily lives.

CSP was covened in 1993 and organized in 1994 by Bob Jesse.

Since its inception, CSP has organized several conferences and working meetings with scholars and researchers from the Johns Hopkins University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of California San Francisco, the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Toronto, the University of Tennessee, Wayne State University, and the Chicago Theological Seminary.

Latest study: The entheogenic properties of psilocybin in mystical experience and meditation. (Note: Psilocybin can occasion mystical-type experiences having substantial and sustained personal meaning and spiritual significance.)