Science at the Crossroads
30/01/2013 21:51 (GMT+7)
I believe that the collaboration between neuroscience and the Buddhist contemplative tradition may shed fresh light on the vitally important question of the interface of ethics and neuroscience. Regardless of whatever conception one might have of the relationship between ethics and science, in actual practice, science has evolved primarily as an empirical discipline with a morally neutral, value-free stance. 
Where Science and Religion Coexist
08/02/2013 10:46 (GMT+7)
Mundgod, India, January 25, 2013 (by Saskia De Rothschild, International Herald Tribune) — Religion and science have not always been easy friends, as Galileo could attest. But over the last week scientists and Buddhist scholars have been working in this small Tibetan enclave in southern India to prove that these two worlds can not only co-exist — but benefit each another.

Nagarjuna and Quantum physics: Eastern and Western Modes of Thought
20/02/2013 19:06 (GMT+7)
Christian Thomas Kohl dissects key terms in the teachings of Nagarjuna and transposes these ideas with Quantum Physics. The following is a summary of his thesis on the subject.
Om Mani iPadme Hum: Why Buddhists Get Technology
04/03/2013 19:46 (GMT+7)
A saffron-robed monk chats on a cell phone or contemplates an iPad. These are favored images in glossy travel magazines. The photos are meant to conjure contradiction -- a clash of cultures as ancient tradition meets modern technology.

CUHP hold first convocation, confers honorary DPhil degree on Dalai Lama
09/03/2013 12:27 (GMT+7)
Dharamsala, HP, India, 1 March 2013 (By Naresh K. Thakur, Hindustan Times) – The Central University of Himachal Pradesh (CUHP) conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil honoris causa) on Nobel laureate for peace and Tibetan Spiritual Leader, the Dalai Lama on its first convocation ceremony held at Temporary Academic Block (TAB), Shahpur here on Thursday.
India continues to be teacher: Dalai Lama
10/03/2013 11:52 (GMT+7)
Raipur, Chattisgarh, India, 7 March 2013 (Central Chronicle) – India is the land of wisdom where civilization developed in ancient times when it was known as “Arya Bhhomi”, said Nobel Prize winner for Peace the Dalai Lama while addressing as chief guest the first convocation ceremony of Kushabhau Thackeray University of Journalism and Mass Communication (KTUJMC) on Thursday.

Freedom of the mind from a Buddhist perspective
20/03/2013 13:59 (GMT+7)
According to Buddhism free dom of thought and exercising ones free will are boundless. One need not be a slave to a philosophy, book, tradition, any leader or teacher and super power. All human beings are potential Buddhas and can develop their minds even to the extent of attaining Buddhahood. In the Dhammapada the first stanza itself declares that the mind is the fore-runner in every action. All evidence suggests that our sense of free will is deeply ingrained. In a study involving around 40,000 people from 34 countries more than 70 per cent of the respondents answered in positive terms to the question “Do we make our own fate?”. (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 1998).
Monk-doctors fill medical, spiritual needs
10/05/2013 15:26 (GMT+7)
The fragrance of Tibetan incense lingers in the clinic where monk Ngagwang Thayi donned rubber gloves, a mask and a white coat on top of his saffron robes. He checked the head of a patient before performing a minor operation to drain blood from the hypertensive patient's head.

Einstein on Buddhism
14/05/2013 14:21 (GMT+7)
Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: It transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and spiritual; and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity.
Science and Meditation: New Developments in Buddhist Research
24/07/2013 11:13 (GMT+7)
Buddhism has many unique assets as a religious tradition. It has been received well in many Western countries. It places humankind at the center of its attention. It does not require you to believe in a god. It requires you to be rational and to use reason to make decisions. Also, Buddhism includes meditation, a practical method of self-development. As Venerable Tenzin Palmo explains: “You can experience for yourself, it is not based on faith, it’s based on very pragmatic basis which if you are willing to really use these tools, and you will see through yourself how very true this is.” Thus, meditation is not considered to be necessarily religious in Western countries.

Meditation leads to an effective use of the brain
01/08/2013 08:42 (GMT+7)
Are you always rushing from one place to the next? Do you often eat without really tasting the food? If you do, then listen up: part of your brain may be in overdrive, acting as though you're being chased by a predator. Not only is it not doing you any good, it's also making you function inefficiently.
Meditation As Mind Healing
23/08/2013 10:46 (GMT+7)
In the 1970s, Dr. Herbert Benson, a cardiac physician of the Harvard Medical School, did a study on a group of people who practice transcendental meditation (TM). The group, confining themselves twice daily for half an hour per session in a quiet room, sat with their eyes closed and mentally recited a mantra. Dr. Benson noticed that during the practice, the heart rate and breathing of these people became slower.

REWIRING THE BRAIN: Mindfulness meditation training changes brain structure in 8 weeks
24/08/2013 11:59 (GMT+7)
General-led study shows changes over time in areas associated with awareness, empathy, stress among others.
Buddhist Economics and A GMO rethink
08/09/2013 14:55 (GMT+7)
Wisdom demands a new orientation of science and technology towards the organic, the gentle, the non-violent, the elegant and beautiful.E. F. Schumacher, Small Is Beautiful, 1973

Meditation is helping medical students
04/11/2013 10:43 (GMT+7)
Being a medical student is a very stressful experience which can result in burnout without proper interventions. Natural interventions such as meditation are preferable to drugs in order to avoid potential side effects from tranquilizers. Mayo Clinic writes that meditation is used for relaxation and stress reduction. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center reported in a news release on Oct. 30, 2013, that medical students are being taught meditation techniques to prevent burnout and improve care.
Tibetan monks meet in Dehradun for conference on science
15/11/2013 10:14 (GMT+7)
Nov 14 -- DHARAMSHALA: Around twenty-five Tibetan religious and educational leaders from various monastery and nunneries will be attending the ‘International Conference on Knowing - Cosmology and Consciousness II' at Songtsen Library in Dehradun from November 15 to 17.

No Form, Feelings, Perceptions, Mental Formations, Consciousness: A Buddhist Perspective on AI
03/01/2014 11:23 (GMT+7)
January 02 - It seems as though every day we grow closer to creating fully conscious and emergent artificial intelligences. As I’ve written about before, this poses a problem for many religions, especially those that ascribe a special place for humanity and for human consciousness in the cosmos. Buddhism stands out as an exception. Buddhism may be the one system of religious thought that not only accepts but will actively embrace any AIs that we produce as a species.
Is meditation the best medicine?
03/01/2014 11:32 (GMT+7)
January 03 - Millions of people in 'the developed world' visit therapists for all sorts of emotional and psychological problems they find difficulty in coping with by themselves. People who visit psychiatrists are usually very quickly diagnosed with some form of psychosis and treated with a mixture of cognitive therapies and antipsychotic medications. Various health insurance schemes around the world have greatly encouraged this growing practice.

Is meditation the new antidepressant? Mindfulness practice may be more effective than drugs for anxiety, depression
14/01/2014 23:04 (GMT+7)
January 13 - Oh, no. Incense. There’s a juice bar in the lobby and bhangra music playing, too. It feels like I’ve stepped into some kind of space warp. Outside, London. Inside … well, it’s hard to describe. Because, as I step further into the Light Centre, a “natural health” studio offering everything from acupuncture to yoga, it becomes clear that its clientele is as far from the yogurt-knitting crowd as it’s possible to get.
Mindfulness meditation may improve decision making
13/02/2014 22:36 (GMT+7)
Feb 12 -- One 15-minute focused-breathing meditation may help people make smarter choices, according to new research from researchers at INSEAD and The Wharton School. The findings are published in the February issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

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