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Contemplative science : where Buddhism and neuroscience converge

Author: B Alan Wallace; Brian Hodel
Publisher: New York ; Chichester : Columbia University Press, 2009.
Series: Columbia series in science and religion.
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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  Read more...
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Wallace, B. Alan.
Contemplative science.
New York ; Chichester : Columbia University Press, 2009
(OCoLC)286516338
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: B Alan Wallace; Brian Hodel
ISBN: 9780231510950 0231510950
OCLC Number: 698473399
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Acknowledgments 1 - Principles of Contemplative Science 2 - Where Science and Religion Collide 3 - The Study of Consciousness, East and West 4 - Spiritual Awakening and Objective Knowledge 5 - Buddhist Nontheism, Polytheism, and Monotheism 6 - Worlds of Intersubjectivity 7 - Samatha: The Contemplative Refinement of Attention 8 - Beyond Idolatry: The Renaissance of a Spirit of Empiricism Notes Bibliography
Series Title: Columbia series in science and religion.
Responsibility: B. Alan Wallace ; with the assistance of Brian Hodel.

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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. Just as behaviorism, psychology, and neuroscience have all shed light on the cognitive processes that enable us to survive and flourish, contemplative science offers a groundbreaking perspective for expanding our capacity to realize genuine well-being. It also forges a link between the material world and the realm of the subconscious that transcends the traditional science-based understanding of the self.

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