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Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying : An Exploration of Consciousness - Dalai Lama XIV

Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying

An Exploration of Consciousness

Paperback Published: 1st May 2002
ISBN: 9780861711239
Number Of Pages: 264

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This is an absorbing account of a dialogue between leading Western scientists and the foremost representative of Buddhism today, the Dalai Lama of Tibet.

For modern science, the transitional states of consciousness lie at the forefront of research in many fields. For a Buddhist practitioner these same states present crucial opportunities to explore and transform consciousness itself. This book is the account of a historic dialogue between leading Western scientists and the Dalai Lama of Tibet. Revolving around three key moments of consciousness--sleep, dreams, and death--the conversations recorded here are both engrossing and highly readable. Whether the topic is lucid dreaming, near-death experiences, or the very structure of consciousness itself, the reader is continually surprised and delighted.

Narrated by Francisco Varela, an internationally recognized neuroscientist, the book begins with insightful remarks on the notion of personal identity by noted philosopher Charles Taylor, author of the acclaimedSources of Self. This sets the stage for Dr. Jerome Engel, Dr. Joyce MacDougal, and others to engage in extraordinary exchanges with the Dalai Lama on topics ranging from the neurology of sleep to the yoga of dreams.

Remarkable convergences between the Western scientific tradition and the Buddhist contemplative sciences are revealed. Dr. Jayne Gackenbach's discussion of lucid dreaming, for example, prompts a detailed and fascinating response from the Dalai Lama on the manipulation of dreams by Buddhist meditators. The conversations also reveal provocative divergences of opinion, as when the Dalai Lama expresses skepticism about "Near-Death Experiences" as presented by Joan Halifax. The conversations are engrossing and highly readable. Any reader interested in psychology, neuroscience, Buddhism, or the alternative worlds of dreams will surely enjoySleeping, Dreaming, and Dying.

Forewordp. 1
A Prelude to the Journeyp. 3
What's in a Self?p. 11
Brain's Sleepp. 23
Dreams and the Unconsciousp. 53
Lucid Dreamingp. 101
Levels of Consciousness and Dream Yogap. 111
Death and Christianityp. 131
What Is Bodily Death?p. 137
Near-Death Experiencesp. 177
Coda: Reflections on the Journeyp. 215
About the Mind and Life Institute, Acknowledgmentsp. 219
Notesp. 225
Glossaryp. 227
Contributorsp. 243
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780861711239
ISBN-10: 0861711238
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st May 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.68 x 15.39  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.38

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