Session 3

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November 22, 2010

MORNING SESSION 3
9:00am – 11:00am

Understanding Contemplative Practices: Vedanta
Review of Vedanta Practices and the intersection with Science

Within both Hinduism and Buddhism, numerous lineages (parampara) of contemplative practice employ a wide range of techniques to realize their spiritual goals. This session, focusing on the Advaita Vedanta tradition, will elucidate some of the tradition’s most important practices, including especially those practices that are the best candidates for scientific research. Emphasizing contemporary styles of practice, these contemplative scholars will also discuss the basic techniques employed, the expected outcomes of specific practices, their theoretical foundations, and the issues involved in understanding those practices in scientific terms. Serving as discussants, a panel of scientists will pose questions that seek to clarify the nature of these practices and the way that they might be explored scientifically.

Presenters and Panelists

  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso
  • Swami Atmapriyananda
  • Chakravarti Ram-Prasad
  • Wolf Singer
  • Matthieu Ricard
  • Aditya Murthy
  • John Dunne (Moderator)
  • Thupten Jinpa (Interpreter)
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