The Dalai Lama at MIT
by Anne Harrington and Arthur Zajonc
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Harvard University Press
1st edition (September 25, 2006)
The Dalai Lama at MIT reveals scientists and monks reaching across a cultural divide to share their insights.
Is there any substance to monks’ claims that meditation can provide astonishing memories for words and images? Is there any neuroscientific evidence that meditation will help you pay attention, think better, control and even eliminate negative emotions? Are Buddhists right to make compassion a fundamental human emotion, and Western scientists wrong to have neglected it?
The Dalai Lama at MIT shows scientists finding startling support for some Buddhist claims, Buddhists eager to participate in neuroscientific experiments, as well as misunderstandings and laughter. Those in white coats and those in orange robes agree that joining forces could bring new light to the study of human minds.
“A cornucopia of riches for anyone interested in what is known and yet to know about the nature of the mind. The dialogues weave a compelling tapestry of perspectives, insights, good-natured banter, and ideas for new studies that will fascinate not only scientists, but anyone interested in meditation and mind-body interactions.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses
and Vice Chair, The Mind & Life Institute