Balancing The Mind

Based on centuries of Buddhist practice in Tibet, this guide to honing attention introduces Tsongkapa methods for achieving unusually elevated levels of attention stability and clarity of mind. Original.

Author: B. Alan Wallace

Publisher: Snow Lion

ISBN: UOM:39015062545259

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

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Based on centuries of Buddhist practice in Tibet, this guide to honing attention introduces Tsongkapa methods for achieving unusually elevated levels of attention stability and clarity of mind. Original.

Contemplative Science

Traditional Tibetan Buddhist accounts of the practice of dream yoga can be found in Padmasambhava , Natural ... B. Alan Wallace , Balancing the Mind : A Tibetan Buddhist Approach to Refining Attention ( Ithaca , NY : Snow Lion , 2005 ) ...

Author: B. Alan Wallace

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231138342

Category: Medical

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B. Alan Wallace, renowned Buddhist scholar, integrates the contemplative methodologies of Buddhism and Western science into a single discipline: contemplative science. The science of consciousness investigates the mind through Buddhist contemplative techniques, such as shamatha, an organized, detailed system of training the attention. Just as scientists make observations and conduct experiments with the aid of technology, contemplatives have long tested their theories with the help of highly developed meditative skills of observation and experimentation. Contemplative science allows for a deeper knowledge of mental phenomena, and its emphasis on strict mental discipline counteracts the effects of conative (intention and desire), attentional, cognitive, and affective imbalances. Just as behaviorism, psychology, and neuroscience shed light on the cognitive processes enabling us to survive and flourish, contemplative science offers a groundbreaking perspective for expanding our capacity to realize genuine well-being. It also forges a link between the material world and the realm of the subconscious, transcending a traditional science-based understanding of the self.

Effortless Attention

A New Perspective in the Cognitive Science of Attention and Action Brian Bruya. Sigman, M., and S. Dehaene. 2005. ... Balancing the mind: A Tibetan Buddhist approach to refining attention [formerly titled Bridge of quiescence].

Author: Brian Bruya

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262013840

Category: Philosophy

Page: 449

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The phenomena of effortless attention and action and the challenges they pose to current cognitive models of attention and action.

Mind and Life

His own publications include works in both Tibetan and English, the most recent being Self, Reality and Reason in Tibetan ... Balancing the Mind: A Tibetan Buddhist Approach to Refining Attention (Snow Lion, 2005), Genuine Happiness: ...

Author: Pier Luigi Luisi

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231529709

Category: Philosophy

Page: 232

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Scientists, philosophers and Buddhist scholars discuss the nature of reality in a book that goes inside a Mind and Life Institute conference. For over a decade, members of the Mind and Life Institute have gathered to discuss questions that are both fundamental and profound: can physics, chemistry, and biology explain the mystery of life? How do our philosophical assumptions influence science and the ethics we bring to biotechnology? And how does an ancient spiritual tradition throw new light on these questions? In Mind and Life, Pier Luigi Luisi reproduces this stimulating cross-cultural dialogue in which world-class scientists, philosophers, and Buddhist scholars develop a holistic approach to the exploration of reality. He also adds scientific background to their presentations, as well as supplementary discussions with prominent participants and attendees. Interviews with His Holiness the Karmapa, the Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, and the actor and longtime human rights advocate Richard Gere further enrich the material with personal viewpoints. Conversation topics range from the origin of matter to the nature of evolution, the ethics of genetic manipulation, and the question of consciousness and ethics.

The Dialogical Spirit

Reprinted as Balancing the Mind: A Tibetan Buddhist approach to Refining Attention. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion, 2005. ———. Boundless Heart: The Four Immeasurables. Edited by Zara Houshmand. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion, 1999. ———. Buddhism with an ...

Author: Amos Yong

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781630875992

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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Contemporary proposals for Christian theology from postliberalism to Radical Orthodoxy and beyond have espoused their own methodological paradigms. Those who have ventured into this domain of theological method, however, have usually had to stake their claims vis-a-vis trends in what may be called the contemporary "post-al" age, whether of the postmodern, post-Christendom, post-Enlightenment, post-Western, or postcolonial varieties. This volume is unique among offerings in this arena in suggesting a way forward that engages on each of these fronts, and does so from a particularistic Christian perspective without giving up on Christian theology's traditional claims to universality. This is accomplished through the articulation of a distinctive dialogical methodology informed by both pentecostalism and evangelicalism, one rooted in the Christian salvation-history narrative of incarnation and Pentecost that is yet open to the world in its many and various cultural, ethnic, religious, and disciplinary discourses. Amos Yong here engages with twelve different interlocutors representing different ecumenical, religious, and disciplinary perspectives. The Dialogical Spirit thus not only proffers a model for Christian theological method suitable for the twenty-first-century global context but also exemplifies this methodological approach through its interactions across the contemporary scholarly, academic, and theological landscape.

Fathoming the Mind

The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2006. ———. Balancing the Mind: A Tibetan Buddhist Approach to Refining Attention. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications, 2005. ———, ed.

Author: B. Alan Wallace

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781614293408

Category: Religion

Page: 296

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Bestselling author B. Alan Wallace delivers the long-awaited followup to his Stilling the Mind: Shamatha Teachings from Dudjom Lingpa’s Vajra Essence (2011). This companion volume stems from an oral commentary Düdjom Lingpa gave to the next section of the Vajra Essence, in which he elucidates the cultivation of contemplative insight, or vipashyana, into the nature of existence as a whole. The revelation appears in the form of a fascinating dialogue within Düdjom Lingpa’s own mind: various aspects of his mind pose questions to his own primordial consciousness, and the pithy and provocative replies tap into the very ground of being. The ensuing dialogue explores every stage of the path to buddhahood in this lifetime, from the very beginning to the unexcelled result of the rainbow body, signifying enlightenment. Everything you need to know to attain buddhahood is complete in this text. As Wallace continued to reflect on Dudjom Lingpa’s writings and their relevance to the modern world, he was inspired to elaborate extensively on his original commentary. The book includes new introductory essays and an afterword, revealing the texts’ contribution to the contemplative revolution triggered by the discoveries of Galileo, Darwin, and Einstein.

Hidden Dimensions

... The First-Person Perspective and Other Essays (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996); Wallace, The Taboo of Subjectivity, 75–120; B. Alan Wallace, Balancing the Mind: A Tibetan Buddhist Approach to Refining Attention (Ithaca, ...

Author: B. Alan Wallace

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231141512

Category: Science

Page: 176

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B. Alan Wallace introduces a natural theory of human consciousness that has its roots in contemporary physics and Buddhism. Wallace's "special theory of ontological relativity" suggests that mental phenomena are conditioned by the brain, but do not emerge from it. Rather, the entire natural world of mind and matter, subjects and objects, arises from a unitary dimension of reality. Wallace employs the Buddhist meditative practice of samatha to test his hypothesis, creating a kind of telescope to examine the space of the mind. He then proposes a more general theory in which the participatory nature of reality is envisioned as a self-excited circuit.In comparing these ideas to the Buddhist theory known as the Middle Way philosophy, Wallace explores further aspects of his "general theory of ontological relativity," which can be investigated through vipasyana, or insight, meditation. He then focuses on the theme of symmetry in quantum cosmology and the "problem of frozen time," relating these issues to the theory and practices of the Great Perfection school of Tibetan Buddhism. He concludes with a discussion of complementarity as it relates to science and religion.

Embracing Mind

... and a doctoral dissertation on the contemplative training of attention was eventually published under the title Balancing the Mind : A Tibetan Buddhist Approach to Refining Attention . Shortly after matriculating at Stanford , I had ...

Author: B. Alan Wallace

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9781590306833

Category: Science

Page: 272

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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 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 science and spirituality: deepening our experience of reality as a whole.

Meditations of a Buddhist Skeptic

A Manifesto for the Mind Sciences and Contemplative Practice B. Alan Wallace ... 2–3 (1999): 175–87; Balancing the Mind:A Tibetan Buddhist Approach to Refining Attention (Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion, 2005); Stilling the Mind: Shamatha ...

Author: B. Alan Wallace

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231158350

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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Renowned Buddhist philosopher B. Alan Wallace reasserts the power of shamatha and vipashyana, traditional Buddhist meditations, to clarify the mind's role in the natural world. Raising profound questions about human nature, free will, and experience versus dogma, Wallace challenges the claim that consciousness is nothing more than an emergent property of the brain with little relation to universal events. Rather, he maintains that the observer is essential to measuring quantum systems and that mental phenomena (however conceived) influence brain function and behavior. Wallace embarks on a two-part mission: to restore human nature and to transcend it. He begins by explaining the value of skepticism in Buddhism and science and the difficulty of merging their experiential methods of inquiry. Yet Wallace also proves that Buddhist views on human nature and the possibility of free will liberate us from the metaphysical constraints of scientific materialism. He then explores the radical empiricism inspired by William James and applies it to Indian Buddhist philosophy’s four schools and the Great Perfection school of Tibetan Buddhism. Since Buddhism begins with the assertion that ignorance lies at the root of all suffering and that the path to freedom is reached through knowledge, Buddhist practice can be viewed as a progression from agnosticism (not knowing) to gnosticism (knowing), acquired through the maintenance of exceptional mental health, mindfulness, and introspection. Wallace discusses these topics in detail, identifying similarities and differences between scientific and Buddhist understanding, and he concludes with an explanation of shamatha and vipashyana and their potential for realizing the full nature, origins, and potential of consciousness.

The Mind s Eye The Evolution of the Athlete s Skills and Consciousness

The Thinking Body: A Study of the Balancing Forces of Dynamic Man. Brooklyn, NY: Dance Horizons, 1968. ... Changes of Mind: A Holonomic Theory of the Evolution of Consciousness. ... Tibetan Buddhist Approach to Refining Attention.

Author: Jimmy Joy


ISBN: 9780557183074

Category: Athletes

Page: 108

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"The Mind's Eye describes a successful method in the implementation of a mental training program for rowers. Under Jimmy Joy's guidance and direction countless rowers at all levels, including the international and university level, trained using an integral approach that develops the athletes skills and his consciousness. This book is Jimmy's description of the specific processes involved in developing you or your athlete's ability to achieve Flow (the sense of effortless in an activity) and experience peak performance."