Consciousness at the Crossroads: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Brainscience and Buddhism

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Overview

Organized by the Mind and Life Institute, this discussion addresses some of the most troublesome questions that have driven a wedge between Western science and religion. Consciousness at the Crossroads resulted from meetings of the Dalai Lama and a group of eminent neuroscientists and psychiatrists. Is the mind an ephemeral side effect of the brain's physical processes? Are there forms of consciousness so subtle that science has not yet identified them? How does consciousness happen? The Dalai Lama's incisive, open-minded approach both challenges and offers inspiration to Western scientists. The book consists primarily of dialogue and intense, frank conversations between the Dalai Lama and participants.
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"The Dalai Lama's clear approach and open-minded pursuit of knowledge faciliates an important bridge between Western science and the Buddhist empirical observation of mental processes. For the reader, this interfacing offers immediately relevant and interesting material regarding the working of one's brain and mind."—Branches of Light, Banyen Books's semiannual review journal

"Both informative and well-balanced, seeking to further the dialogue rather than asserting the superiority of one tradition over another."—Pacific World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559391276
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 183
  • Sales rank: 830,862
  • Lexile: 1210L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is considered the foremost Buddhist leader of our time. The exiled spiritual head of the Tibetan people, he is a Nobel Peace Laureate, a Congressional Gold Medal recipient, and a remarkable teacher and scholar who has authored over one hundred books.
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