Contemplative Science: Where Buddhism and Neuroscience Converge / Edition 1

Contemplative Science: Where Buddhism and Neuroscience Converge / Edition 1

by B. Alan Wallace
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231138342

ISBN-13: 9780231138345

Pub. Date: 10/17/2006

Publisher: Columbia University Press

B. Alan Wallace, renowned Buddhist scholar, integrates the contemplative methodologies of Buddhism and Western science into a single discipline: contemplative science. The science of consciousness investigates the mind through Buddhist contemplative techniques, such as shamatha, an organized, detailed system of training the attention. Just as scientists make…  See more details below

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B. Alan Wallace, renowned Buddhist scholar, integrates the contemplative methodologies of Buddhism and Western science into a single discipline: contemplative science. The science of consciousness investigates the mind through Buddhist contemplative techniques, such as shamatha, 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 theories with the help of highly developed meditative skills of observation and experimentation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231138345
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/17/2006
Series:
Columbia Series in Science and Religion Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 Principles of Contemplative Science 1

2 Where Science and Religion Collide 28

3 The Study of Consciousness, East and West 50

4 Spiritual Awakening and Objective Knowledge 65

5 Buddhist Nontheism, Polytheism, and Monotheism 94

6 Worlds of Intersubjectivity 109

7 Śamatha: The Contemplative Refinement of Attention 135

8 Beyond Idolatry: The Renaissance of a Spirit of Empiricism 149

Notes 171

Bibliography 189

Index 197

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