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When Mindfulness Meets Compassion: Close Encounters in Contemplative Science

(8) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 11:30 AM

At the world's first International Symposia on Contemplative Studies held this April in Denver, it seemed as if the emerging field of meditation research had finally come of age. The gathering brought together research pioneers Jon Kabat-Zinn, Richie Davidson, John Teasdale and Marsha Linehan with groundbreaking contemplative teachers Sharon Salzberg,...

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Faces, Voices and the Brain-Heart Brake: The Divine Science of Tibet

(11) Comments | Posted May 6, 2012 | 10:00 AM

How can a face launch a thousand ships? Why do lullabies quiet an infant's cries? Must we be mystics to "still our beating hearts"? Over millions of lifetimes, we mammals evolved a range of special neural structures that have equipped us for an increasingly social life. Three of these help...

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Reliable Methods: The Future of Self-Transcendence

(15) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 9:40 AM

The three decades since mindfulness meditation was first found to help with anxiety, chronic pain and depression have seen the reversal of a trend that goes back over a century. When Freud founded psychotherapy as "a middle way between philosophy and medicine," he took pains to keep it on the...

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Ecstatic Altruism: The Secret Contemplative Art and Science of Tibet

(66) Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 2:03 PM

As yoga goes mainstream and mindfulness and lovingkindness become household words, the convergence of timeless contemplative arts with current science and contemporary life may seem like yesterday's news. Yet there are still some Asian contemplative traditions as little known in the West as the mysteries of Shangrila portrayed in the...

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