Abhidharma, Buddhism’s map of the mind, is sometimes treated as a topic of merely intellectual interest. In fact, says Thich Nhat Hanh, identifying the different elements of consciousness, and understanding how they interact, is essential to our practice of meditation.
While scientific methods are useful, says the Dalai Lama, mind should also be studied through rigorous observation of our own subjective experience.
New theories suggest Buddhist teachings on consciousness may be correct, and the implications for science could be huge.
Rev. Tony Stultz on the brilliant mind who models a rich exchange between Buddhism and scientific thought — for the benefit of all beings.
The Dalai Lama argues that a full study of the mind must include the first person empiricism of the contemplative traditions.
“When the heart is released from clinging,” said the Buddha, “then consciousness does not land anywhere. That state, I tell you, is without sorrow, afflication or despair.” Ajahn Amaro on abiding in the consciousness that is completely beyond conditioned phenomena—neither supporting them nor supported by them.
Aram Saroyan on the ordinary experience that changes our lives – if we only notice it.
Peter Lieberson describes his creative journey from the high intellectualism of twelve-tone theory to a trust in the play between spontaneity and technique.