Tag: Dalai Lama

The considerable overlap between Buddhism and Neuroscience

Following the thesis of Weisman’s article for the Seed Magazine, this essay will further furnish evidence in support of its claims. This essay will argue that much of the distilled wisdom of Buddhist thought is congruent with modern findings in neuroscience.

Of late Buddhism has found a following in the West. The major reason is that it is seen as a practical and philosophical system than a dogmatic religion. For example, the practice of meditation is far from being an esoteric mystical aspiration. There are palpable everyday benefits arising from regular meditation practice. Just as working out in the gym is good for the body, the daily practice of meditation is seen as a mind-exercise. To the extent that the mind is a manifestation of the physiology of the brain, meditation can also be seen as a brain exercise. Neuroplasticity is the term used by neurologists for describing the mutability of brain structures. Just as a body builder can shape and grow his muscles . . . Read More

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Book Report on “Freedom in Exile: An Autobiography of the Dalai Lama by His Holiness the Dalai Lama XIV”

The book titled Freedom in Exile is the autobiographical account of the life of the fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet’s erstwhile theocracy.  Born as Tenzin Gyatso, the life of this popular religious leader is intertwined with the political developments in his country of birth.  Buddhists believe in the concept of reincarnation, whereby the soul of a deceased person re-emerges in the birth of another.  It was through this process that the boy named Tenzin Gyatso was identified to embody the soul a deceased Lama.   Consequently he was anointed to take the title of Dalai Lama and the rights and responsibilities that come with it.  This was a time when major political changes were taking place in neighboring China, with the Communist Party gaining ascendency to power.  Not long after, the Communist Party of China (CPC) decided to occupy Tibet and being the region under the purview of Communist rule.  As the young Dalai Lama recounts in his autobiography, the stated reasons . . . Read More

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