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Consciousness at the Crossroads

Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Brain Science and Buddhism

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Organized by the Mind and Life Institute, this discussion addresses some of the most troublesome questions that have driven a wedge between Western science and religion. Consciousness at the Crossroads resulted from meetings of the Dalai Lama and a group of eminent neuroscientists and psychiatrists. Is the mind an ephemeral side effect of the brain's physical processes? Are there forms of consciousness so subtle that science has not yet identified them? How does consciousness happen? The Dalai Lama's incisive, open-minded approach both challenges and offers inspiration to Western scientists. The book consists primarily of dialogue and intense, frank conversations between the Dalai Lama and participants.


"The Dalai Lama's clear approach and open-minded pursuit of knowledge faciliates an important bridge between Western science and the Buddhist empirical observation of mental processes. For the reader, this interfacing offers immediately relevant and interesting material regarding the working of one's brain and mind."—Branches of Light, Banyen Books's semiannual review journal

"Both informative and well-balanced, seeking to further the dialogue rather than asserting the superiority of one tradition over another."—Pacific World

  • Consciousness at the Crossroads by Zara Houshmand
  • August 01, 1999
  • Religion - Buddhism - Tibetan
  • Snow Lion
  • $15.95
  • 9781559391276

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