MindScience: An East-West Dialogue by Dalai Lama, Daniel Goleman, Howard E. Gardner, Herbert

By Dalai Lama, Daniel Goleman, Howard E. Gardner, Herbert Benson, Robert A. F. Thurman

What's the refined dating among brain and physique? What can today's scientists know about this dating from masters of Buddhist proposal? Is it attainable that by way of combining Western and jap methods, we will succeed in a brand new figuring out of the character of the brain, the human capability for progress, the chances for psychological and actual health?

MindScience explores those and different questions because it files the start of a old discussion among sleek technological know-how and Buddhism. The Harvard brain technological know-how Symposium introduced jointly the Dalai Lama and specialists from the fields of psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, and schooling. the following, they study myriad questions in regards to the nature of the brain and its dating to the physique.

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You step on the train without looking. You don’t know where the train is going or if it will take you to your destination. You just get on without any awareness. How often do you get on the subway car of thoughts and stories and get taken away to places where you did not intend or want to be? Thoughts have this compelling quality and sometimes have a pressured quality like the driving force of a train. Unfortunately, some thought patterns, especially those associated with anxiety and depression, can take you to these unwanted places where discomfort and dissatisfaction prevail, and indeed grow stronger.

The nested dolls and the onion do, of course, have a “smallest” or “last” doll or layer— but this is where the metaphor breaks down. Whereas 46 METAPHORS FOR SELF the regressing mirror suggests, perhaps more accurately, that there is no final location for the self. The Amazing Randi, the renowned parapsychology debunker, has a standing offer to give one million dollars to anyone who can demonstrate, in scientific fashion, a paranormal phenomenon. No one has ever been able to claim this reward. We might just as confidently offer to give a million to anyone who can find the self somewhere inside (or not inside) the brain—and be sure our money was still safe.

Think of a waterfall’s properties. There is a great flow of water from a river and a freefall over a rocky ledge. The water moves with great force and always reaches the bottom. The mind can have this sort of flow with many thoughts moving with great force. Where are you in relationship to this flow? Are you in a barrel headed over the falls? Or, are you standing—as you might at Niagara Falls—safely in a cave behind the falls watching the spectacle? ” Distance from the ferocity and power of the thoughts creates a kind of insulating safety.

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