Mind in the Balance: Meditation in Science, Buddhism, and Christianity

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Overview

By establishing a dialogue in which the meditative practices of Buddhism and Christianity speak to the theories of modern philosophy and science, B. Alan Wallace reveals the theoretical similarities underlying these disparate disciplines and their unified approach to making sense of the objective world.

Wallace begins by exploring the relationship between Christian and Buddhist meditative practices. He outlines a sequence of meditations the reader can undertake, showing that, though Buddhism and Christianity differ in their belief systems, their methods of cognitive inquiry provide similar insight into the nature and origins of consciousness.

From this convergence Wallace then connects the approaches of contemporary cognitive science, quantum mechanics, and the philosophy of the mind. He links Buddhist and Christian views to the provocative philosophical theories of Hilary Putnam, Charles Taylor, and Bas van Fraassen, and he seamlessly incorporates the work of such physicists as Anton Zeilinger, John Wheeler, and Stephen Hawking. Combining a concrete analysis of conceptions of consciousness with a guide to cultivating mindfulness and profound contemplative practice, Wallace takes the scientific and intellectual mapping of the mind in exciting new directions.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

Thought-provoking and at times insightful, this volume raises many interesting philosophical issues and presents many useful references.

Inquiring Mind
Anyone interesting in understanding more about the mind and consciousness would enjoy reading this book.

— Marcia Howton

Shift

Wallace is a master, guiding our inquiry into consciousness in exciting new directions.

Inquiring Mind

Anyone interesting in understanding more about the mind and consciousness would enjoy reading this book.

— Marcia Howton

Choice

Thought-provoking and at times insightful, this volume raises many interesting philosophical issues and presents many useful references.

Inquiring Mind - Marcia Howton

Anyone interested in understanding more about the mind and consciousness would enjoy reading this book.

Shift

Wallace is a master, guiding our inquiry into consciousness in exciting new directions.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231147309
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Series: Columbia Series in Science and Religion Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,157,665
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

B. Alan Wallace spent fourteen years as a Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama. He then earned his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College, and his doctorate in religious studies from Stanford University. His Columbia University Press books are Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness, Contemplative Science: Where Buddhism and Neuroscience Converge, and Buddhism and Science: Breaking New Ground (editor). A prolific writer who has translated numerous Tibetan Buddhist texts, he is the founder and president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies (http://www.sbinstitute.com).

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Table of Contents

PrefacePart I: Meditation: Where It Started and How It Got Here 1. Who Am I? 2. The Origins of Contemplation3. The Scientific Externalization of Meditation4. Scientific Studies of MeditationPart II: Meditation in Theory and Practice 5. Practice: Attending to the Breath of Life6. Theory: Coming to Our Senses7. Practice: The Union of Stillness and Motion8. Theory: Knowing and Healing the Mind9. Practice: Behold the Light of Consciousness10. Theory: Exploring the Nature of Consciousness11. Practice: Probing the Nature of the Observer12. Theory: The Ground State of Consciousness13. Practice: Oscillating Awareness14. Theory: Consciousness Without Beginning or End15. Practice: Resting in the Stillness of Awareness16. Theory: Worlds of Skepticism17. Practice: The Emptiness of Mind18. Theory: The Participatory Worlds of Buddhism19. Practice: The Emptiness of Matter20. Theory: The Participatory Worlds of Philosophy and Science21. Practice: Resting in Timeless Consciousness22. Theory: The Luminous Space of Pristine Awareness23. Practice: Meditation in Action24. The Universe as a Whole25. What Shall We Become? Notes Bibliography Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Meditation for a New Era

    Dr. Wallace has written an incredible book on how meditation meets science. I recently had the privilege to be in a workshop with him at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM. He is was luminous and radiant as well as user friendly. His humility and scholarly approach as a teacher is a true gift for anyone seeking more understanding of the contemplative path.

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