The discussions during this Dialogue will primarily focus on the subjective phenomenology, information-processing operations, and neural mechanisms of attention, memory, and conscious awareness from both scientific and Buddhist perspectives. Special attention will be focused on the distinctive characteristics and interactions of attention, memory, and metacognition as seen from diverse viewpoints, including the possibility of multiple dimensions of awareness (not limiting the discussion to the familiar categories of the conscious and subconscious mind), and the relationship between the entire spectrum of human information processing, awareness, and the world of experience (Lebenswelt) as a whole. We anticipate that this exploration will lead to further systematic plans for groundbreaking empirical and theoretical research on meditation and contemplative practice at the interface between science and Buddhism.
LOCATION: Dharamsala, India
University of Miami
Convening Faculty, Fellow, Grantee, Planning Committee Member, Steering Council Member
University of California, Davis
Convening Faculty, Fellow, Planning Committee Member