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Mind in the Balance [electronic resource] : Meditation in Science, Buddhism, and Christianity.

Wallace, B. Alan. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9780231519700 (electronic bk.)
  • ISBN: 0231519702 (electronic bk.)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (285 pages).
  • Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2009.

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Formatted Contents Note: THE COLUMBIA SERIES IN SCIENCE AND RELIGION; Title Page; Dedication; PREFACE; [PART] 1 -- MEDITATION: WHERE IT STARTED AND HOW IT GOT HERE; 1 -- WHO AM I?; 2 -- THE ORIGINS OF CONTEMPLATION; CONTEMPLATION IN THE WEST; CONTEMPLATION IN THE EAST; 3 -- THE SCIENTIFIC EXTERNALIZATION OF MEDITATION; 4 -- SCIENTIFIC STUDIES OF MEDITATION; [PART] 2 -- MEDITATION IN THEORY AND PRACTICE; [PRACTICE] 5 -- ATTENDING TO THE BREATH OF LIFE; [THEORY] 6 -- COMING TO OUR SENSES; [PRACTICE] 7 -- THE UNION OF STILLNESS AND MOTION; [THEORY] 8 -- KNOWING AND HEALING THE MIND; THE ORIGINS OF EVIL AND SUFFERING.
Observing the mindmindfulness and introspection; reflections of the mind; [practice] 9 -- behold the light of consciousness; [theory] 10 -- exploring the nature of consciousness; christian explorations; twentieth-century insights into consciousness; the buddhist inversion of consciousness; samadhi, a telescope for the mind; [practice] 11 -- probing the nature of the observer; [theory] 12 -- the ground state of consciousness; the ground of becoming; the defining characteristics of consciousness; the substrate consciousness; the substrate; the conservation of consciousness.
[Practice] 13 -- oscillating awareness[theory] 14 -- consciousness without beginning or end; death and beyond; jewish and christian views on rebirth; buddhist views on rebirth; scientific studies of rebirth; contemplative scientific research into consciousness; [practice] 15 -- resting in the stillness of awareness; [theory] 16 -- worlds of skepticism; scientific skepticism; philosophical skepticism; contemplative skepticism; [practice] 17 -- the emptiness of mind; [theory] 18 -- the participatory worlds of buddhism; the self-less universe; a world of illusion.
[PRACTICE] 19 -- THE EMPTINESS OF MATTER[THEORY] 20 -- THE PARTICIPATORY WORLDS OF PHILOSOPHY AND SCIENCE; A WORLD OF EXPERIENCE; A WORLD OF INFORMATION; A WORLD OF MEANING; [PRACTICE] 21 -- RESTING IN TIMELESS CONSCIOUSNESS; [THEORY] 22 -- THE LUMINOUS SPACE OF PRISTINE AWARENESS; THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN; BRIGHTLY SHINING MIND; BUDDHA NATURE; THE GREAT PERFECTION; [PRACTICE] 23 -- MEDITATION IN ACTION; [THEORY] 24 -- THE UNIVERSE AS A WHOLE; PERFECT SYMMETRY; PERFECT EQUILIBRIUM; CONVERGING COSMOLOGIES; 25 -- WHAT SHALL WE BECOME?; NOTES; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX; Copyright Page.
Summary, etc.: By establishing a dialogue in which the meditative practices of Buddhism and Christianity speak to the theories of modern philosophy and science, B. Alan Wallace reveals the theoretical similarities underlying these disparate disciplines and their unified approach to making sense of the objective world. Wallace begins by exploring the relationship between Christian and Buddhist meditative practices. He outlines a sequence of meditations the reader can undertake, showing that, though Buddhism and Christianity differ in their belief systems, their methods of cognitive inquiry provi.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.
Subject: Meditation > Buddhism.
Meditation > Christianity.
Meditation > Buddhism.
Meditation > Christianity.
Meditation.
RELIGION > Comparative Religion.
Genre: Electronic books.

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