The Dalai Lama at MIT

Front Cover
Anne Harrington, Arthur Zajonc
Harvard University Press, 2006 - Psychology - 288 pages
3 Reviews

Their meeting captured headlines; the waiting list for tickets was nearly 2000 names long. If you were unable to attend, this book will take you there. Including both the papers given at the conference, and the animated discussion and debate that followed, The Dalai Lama at MIT reveals scientists and monks reaching across a cultural divide, to share insights, studies, and enduring questions.

Is there any substance to monks‚e(tm) claims that meditation can provide astonishing memories for words and images? Is there any neuroscientific evidence that meditation will help you pay attention, think better, control and even eliminate negative emotions? Are Buddhists right to make compassion a fundamental human emotion, and Western scientists wrong to have neglected it?

The Dalai Lama at MIT shows scientists finding startling support for some Buddhist claims, Buddhists eager to participate in neuroscientific experiments, as well as misunderstandings and laughter. Those in white coats and those in orange robes agree that joining forces could bring new light to the study of human minds.

  

What people are saying - Write a review

The Dalai Lama at MIT

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Mainstream Western brain science has long viewed the operation of the human mind as little more than the interactions of vast numbers of neurons, synapses, and associated neurotransmitters. But in the ... Read full review

Review: The Dalai Lama at MIT

User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

A few years ago a public conference and debate was organised between Buddhist scholars and scientists working in the areas of psychology and neuroscience. The meeting took place at MIT and was ... Read full review

Contents

Parti ORIENTATIONS
3
Neurophenomenology and Francisco Varela
19
Partll ATTENTION AND COGNITIVE CONTROL
25
Buddhist Training in Enhanced Attention Skills
37
Attention and Cognitive Control
47
Partlll IMAGERY AND VISUALIZATION
67
Imagery and Visualization
91
EMOTION
113
Party INTEGRATION AND FINAL REFLECTIONS
177
About the Mind and Life Institute
245
Contributors
251
Notes
261
Index
275
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2006)

Anne Harrington is Loeb Harvard College Professor and Professor for the History of Science at Harvard University.

Arthur Zajonc is Professor of Physics at Amherst College.

Bibliographic information