The applications and mainstream popularity of meditation have been growing in the West long since Chinese migrants introduced Buddhist Mahayana traditions to Hawaii and California in the latter half of the 19th century.

By the late 1800s, key historical figures Anagarika Dharmapala and Soyen Shaku represented Buddhism – Theravada and Zen traditions, respectively – at the first Parliament of World’s Religions in Chicago.

From the 20th century to present day, the popularity of traditions rooted in Buddhism and other Eastern practices such as yoga have grown to the point of being unrecognizable at times. From Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to the neatly packaged MNDFL program where you can book your cushion starting at $10, we have transformed this 5,000 year tradition to address what ails us most: the stress of every day life.

Optimal experience, or flow, is characterized by a single-pointed immersion and feeling of complete absorption in the task at hand. Other terms commonly used to describe this experience are: being in the zone, in the pipe, or wired in.

The focus of this website is the study of these optimal experience practices and is not limited to religious meditation traditions, but open to any practice which evokes the experience of flow. By understanding the nuances between various types of optimal experiences across both secular and religious practices, sport, art, psychology and others, we can use this knowledge to improve the quality of our inner lives, our relationship with others, and contribute to the ongoing and flourishing research in the area of optimal experience and meditation.