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Embracing Mind

The Common Ground of Science and Spirituality
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Shambhala
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December, 2008
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9781590306833
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Both science and spirituality search for “ultimate truths.” God, the Big Bang, nirvana, the theory of evolution, relativity, quantum mechanics—these are some of the concepts that have been articulated as a result of that search. But the human capacity for exploring these ultimate sources of truth—the one thing that unites science and spirituality—is often overlooked. Embracing Mind argues (1) that science has hobbled itself by ignoring its unique source of inspiration—the mind—and (2) that the schism between science and spirituality is unnecessary. In language accessible to any intelligent reader, the book first explores the veracity and history of major scientific “myths” and then presents a viable science of the mind emanating from contemplative spirituality, including Hindu, Christian, Sufi, and Buddhist views.

Proposed is a contemplative science of mind based on the sophisticated techniques of meditation that have been practiced for thousands of years in the great spiritual traditions. The final section presents meditations that are of universal relevance—to scientists and people of all faiths—for revealing new dimensions of consciousness and human flourishing.

Embracing Mind moves us beyond the dogmatic debates between theists and atheists over Intelligent Design and Neo-Darwinism, and it returns us to the vital core of silence and spirituality: deepening our experience of reality as a whole.

“This book shows clearly and compellingly how Buddhism and other spiritual traditions may help enrich our understanding of the mind and its role in nature, without reducing it merely to a material function or property of the brain.” —H.H. the Dalai Lama

Wallace has been a teacher of Buddhist philosophy and meditation since 1976. Also by him are Contemplative Science: Where Buddhism and Neuroscience Converge and Genuine Happiness.

 

Publisher’s Description: 

What is Mind? For this ancient question we are still seeking answers. B. Alan Wallace and Brian Hodel propose a science of the mind based on the contemplative wisdom of Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Christianity, and Islam.

The authors begin by exploring the history of science, showing how science tends to ignore the mind, even while it is understood to be the very instrument through which we comprehend the world of nature. They then propose a contemplative science of mind based on the sophisticated techniques of meditation that have been practiced for thousands of years in the great spiritual traditions. The final section presents meditations that are of universal relevanceto scientists and people of all faithsfor revealing new dimensions of consciousness and human flourishing.

Embracing Mind moves us beyond the dogmatic debates between theists and atheists over Intelligent Design and Neo-Darwinism, and it returns us to the vital core of science and spirituality: deepening our experience of reality as a whole.The human capacity for seeking out ultimate sources of truth is the one thing that unites science and spirituality. This book argues that science has hobbled itself by ignoring its unique source of inspiration - the mind - and that the schism between science and spirituality is therefore unnecessary. In language accessible to any intelligent reader, the authors explore the veracity of major scientific "myths," then present a viable science of the mind emanating from contemplative spirituality, including Hindu, Christian, Sufi, and Buddhist views. Now in paper. 272 pp.

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