Contemplative Science

Contemplative Science

Where Buddhism and Neuroscience Converge

Book - 2007
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From publisher's description: "Science has long treated religion as a set of personal beliefs that have little to do with a rational understanding of the mind and the universe. However, B. Alan Wallace, a respected Buddhist scholar, proposes that the contemplative methodologies of Buddhism and of Western science are capable of being integrated into a single discipline: contemplative science. The science of consciousness introduces first-person methods of investigating the mind through Buddhist contemplative techniques, such as samatha, an organized, detailed system of training the attention. Just as scientists make observations and conduct experiments with the aid of technology, contemplatives have long tested their own theories with the help of highly developed meditative skills of observation and experimentation. Contemplative science allows for a deeper knowledge of mental phenomena, including a wide range of states of consciousness, and its emphasis on strict mental discipline counteracts the effects of conative (intention and desire), attentional, cognitive, and affective imbalances."
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, c2007
ISBN: 9789780231132
9780231137
9780231138345
9780231510950
0231510950
0231138342
Characteristics: 211 p. ; 24 cm

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