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Meditation, Buddhism, and science

Author: David L McMahan; Erik Braun
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The scientific study of Buddhist forms of meditation has surged in recent years, capturing the popular imagination and reshaping conceptions of what meditation is and what it can do. For perhaps the first time in history, meditation has shifted from Buddhist monasteries and practice centers to some of the most prominent and powerful modern institutions in the world, as well as non-institutional settings. As their  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David L McMahan; Erik Braun
ISBN: 9780190495794 0190495790 9780190495800 0190495804
OCLC Number: 967417619
Description: xi, 253 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: From colonialism to brainscans : modern transformations of Buddhist meditation / David L. McMahan and Erik Braun --
How meditation works : theorizing the role of cultural context in Buddhist contemplative practices / David L. McMahan --
Looping effects and the cognitive science of mindfulness meditation / Evan Thompson --
Buddhism, happiness, and the science of meditation / William Edelglass --
Reflections on Indian Buddhist thought and the scientific study of meditation, or: why scientists should talk more with their monks / William S. Waldron --
'Mind the gap' : appearance and reality in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy / Joanna Cook --
'Wherever you go, there you ... aren't?' non-self, spirits, and the concept of the person in Thai Buddhist mindfulness / Julia Cassaniti --
'Mindfulness makes you a way better lover' : mindful sex and the adaption of Buddhism to new cultural desires / Jeff Wilson --
Mindful but not religious : meditation and enchantment in the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn / Erik Braun --
Is mindfulness Buddhist? (and why it matters) / Robert H. Sharf.
Responsibility: edited by David L. McMahan, Erik Braun.

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This volume explores the interrelations between Buddhist traditions and the scientific study of meditation. Essays consider the nature of modern meditation, its secularization, the values and goods  Read more...

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