Monday, August 20, 2007

Buddhism and Neuroscience

Reading Mingyur Rinpoche’s book, “Joy of Living” I think there could be a lot of interest in the biology of experience and its application to everyday life. The brain is a “pattern magnet” – neurons reaching out constantly, laying down tracks like the grooves in a record, or imaging on a CD. There’s of course a direct implication to the patterns that mind lays down and its relation to meditation and mindfulness. Karmic threads and traces. I think that programs that elucidate the kind of scientific research that Mingyur Rinpoche is teaching from his experience in the Mind and Life Institute [ ] would be very attractive to folks. Buddhists don’t study the material brain so much, but this is a great stepping stone to study and meditation on Mind for folks I think. Nitartha through the door of neurobiology…

"At the beginning of meditation training,
we identify (1) the observer, (2) the observed,
and (3) the observing act. As our practice matures,
these three become indistinguishable."

- Yongey Mingyur Dorje Rinpoche

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