|April 1, 2012|
|10:00 am||to||11:00 am|
The talk will begin and end with the question: what is the value of the neuro-scientific study of the mind, and particularly of meditative states? To answer the question from a Buddhist perspective we will seek first to understand the multiple perspectives on the mind developed by Buddhists over the centuries, through exploring such topics as the place of mind in nature, the relation between mind and body, the structure and functions of mind, the ultimate nature of mind, and the various methods of training the mind that we broadly refer to as “meditation”—with special attention to the Indian and Tibetan tantric technique of “mind seeing mind” called Mahāmudrā, the Great Seal. With these perspectives in mind, we will assess the importance of “neural Buddhism” for the practice of the Dharma.