By inviting the Dalai Lama and leading researchers in medicine, psychology, and neuroscience to join in conversation, the Mind & Life Institute set the stage for a fascinating exploration of the healing potential of the human mind. The Mind’s Own Physician presents in its entirety the thirteenth Mind and Life dialogue, a discussion addressing a range of vital questions concerning the science and clinical applications of meditation: How do meditative practices influence pain and human suffering? What role does the brain play in emotional well-being and health? To what extent can our minds actually influence physical disease? Are there important synergies here for transforming health care, and for understanding our own evolutionary limitations as a species?
Edited by world-renowned researchers Jon Kabat-Zinn and Richard J. Davidson, this book presents this remarkably dynamic interchange along with intriguing research findings that shed light on the nature of the mind, its capacity to refine itself through training, and its role in physical and emotional health.
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About the Author
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is internationally known for his work as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He is professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, founder of mindfulness-based stress reduction, and author of numerous books, including Full Catastrophe Living; Wherever You Go, There You Are; and Coming to Our Senses.
Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is director of the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience, the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, and the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is currently the William James Professor and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin. He has coauthored or edited over thirteen books, including Visions of Compassion and The Emotional Life of Your Brain.
Zara Houshmand has worked with the Mind & Life Institute for almost twenty years as an editor for books representing its dialogues between scientists and the Dalai Lama.
Table of Contents
A Confluence of Streams and a Flowering of Possibilities
Session 1 Meditation-Based Clinical Interventions: Science, Practice, and Implementation 21
How Buddhist Meditative Practices Can Inform Our Understanding of Pain and Suffering, the Potential for Healing, the Relief of Suffering, and the Underlying Nature of the Human Mind and Body Ajahn Amaro 27
Some Clinical Applications of Mindfulness Meditation in Medicine and Psychiatry: The Case of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Jon Kabat-Zinn 35
Mind-Brain-Body Interaction and Meditation Richard J. Davidson 47
Session 1 Dialogue 55
Session 2 Possible Biological Substrates of Meditation 65
Synchronization of Brain Rhythms as a Possible Mechanism for the Unification of Distributed Mental Processes Wolf Singer 66
The Neurobiology of the Adaptive and Deleterious Features of Stress Robert Sapolsky 76
Session 2 Dialogue 81
Session 3 Clinical Research 1: Meditation and Mental Health 99
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and the Prevention of Relapse in Recurrent Depression Zindel Segal 102
Paths to Recovery: Neural Substrates of Cognitive and Mindfulness-Based Interventions for the Treatment of Depression Helen Mayberg 110
Session 3 Dialogue 117
Interlude Preceding Session 4 135
The Buddhist Science of Human Flourishing Alan Wallace 136
Interlude Dialogue 144
Session 4 Clinical Research 2: Meditation and Physical Health 151
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Cardiovascular Disease David Sheps 152
Neural-Immune Interaction John Sheridan 155
Session 4 Dialogue 159
Session 5 Integration and Final Reflections 173
Meditation and the Future of Health Care Ralph Snyderman 178
Some Reflections on the Evolution and Nature of Mind and Self and Their Implications for Humanity Wolf Singer 185
Session 5 Dialogue 192
About the Mind and Life Institute 255