Mind in the Balance: Meditation in Science, Buddhism, and Christianity
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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I've given this book three stars because I find it difficult to rate. There are two parts to this book: the lesser part on Wallace's discontents with science, and the greater on Buddhism. Wallace also ... Read full review
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Who Am I?
The Origins of Contemplation
The Scientific Externalization of Meditation
Scientific Studies of Meditation
MEDITATION IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
Practice Attending to the Breath of Life
Theory Coming to Our Senses
Practice The Union of Stillness and Motion
Practice Resting in the Stillness of Awareness
Theory Worlds of Skepticism
Practice The Emptiness of Mind
Theory The Participatory Worlds of Buddhism
Practice The Emptiness of Matter
Theory The Participatory Worlds of Philosophy and Science
Practice Resting in Timeless Consciousness
Theory The Luminous Space of Pristine Awareness
Theory Knowing and Healing the Mind
Practice Behold the Light of Consciousness
Theory Exploring the Nature of the Observer
Practice Probing the Nature of the Observer
Theory The Ground State of Consciousness
Practice Oscillating Awareness
Theory Consciousness Without Beginning or End