The Mind of the Meditator

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The Mind of the Meditator

WHEN THE SOCIETY FOR NEUROSCIENCE ASKED TENZIN GYATSO, THE 14TH DALAI LAMA (the leader of Tibetan Buddhism) , to address its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in 2005, a few hundred members among the nearly 35,000 or so attending the meeting petitioned to have the invitation rescinded. A religious leader, they felt, had no place at a scientifi c meeting. But this particular leader turned out to have a provocative and ultimately productive question to pose to the gathering. “What relation,” he asked, “could there be between Buddhism, an ancient Indian philosophical and spiritual tradition, and modern science?” 

Scientific American 311, 38 - 45 (2014)

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