This easy to read book explores the seam between Neuroscience and Vajrayana. Using Medicine Buddha as the example of how gazing at images or pictures, or even imagining harmonious physical environments and loving beings creates measurable change for the better in our brains. Once our brains change, our minds follow and from there a cascade of improved moods, attitudes, behaviours ensues. This is not a self-help book but a book that sets out in simple to understand terms from Neuroscience the facts of how our brains work. The rest is up to you.

The clear and dynamic preface by David Brazier sets the tone for what continues throughout: intelligent discussion about the human brain, East and West, drawing from the most ancient techniques of Tibetan Buddhism, Vajrayana, and from the most startlingly new revelations from the West in Neuroscience.

Where some may have struggled in the past with faith concerning meditation on the various Vajrayana figures, that faith is now supported by science fact. Neuroscience expresses how our brains respond to continued gazing at tangkas and reciting mantras. The book also searches through the latest in Neuroscience regarding pain, discovering what antiques teachings have claimed for thousands of years: it doesn't exist in the way we normally think it does. For anyone interested in pain management indeed in healing from pain, this book offers information from psychiatrist and pain specialist Michael Moscowitz.

Finally that most elusive and troublesome aspect for any meditator: the belief in a self, here explored through Body Mapping. The self as related through body boundaries emerges as a chameleon, a kind of shape shifter capable of adapting to whatever our senses fix upon. When our senses fix upon the iconography of Vajrayana we indeed shift the shape of ourselves: toward being more compassionate, more insightful and more loving. 

Available at www.soulsciences.net 

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2017 여름 불교심리치료 및 상담 워크숍 3회 내용

THREE PSYCHOTHERAPY & COUNSELLING WORKSHOPS

 

WORKSHOP 1: SNOW UPON A SILVER PLATE [ 銀盌盛雪]: PRINCIPLES OF BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY & THEIR PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC APPLICATION

In this workshop we shall introduce and review important aspects of Buddhist psychology including the conditioned and unconditioned mind, object relatedness, skandha process, the unity of path and goal, bodhichitta,…

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Great Intentions.

Posted by Adam Dunsby on August 3, 2017 at 22:42 0 Comments

  • The power of intentions is a topic that comes up regularly for me and always provides me with food for thought. In a recent service I was struck by the gravity of the Bodhisattva vows that we sing as part of our liturgy. ”Innumerable…

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Study Group.

Posted by Adam Dunsby on July 18, 2017 at 22:41 1 Comment

We just had a study group meeting at Amida Mandala Temple. Only three of us but a very rich hour. Predictably we came round to the issue of ‘is one Nembutsu enough?’ My understanding: In a sense it is, because when we call Amida we become one with his vow and the Pure Land and thus we are saved. In another sense we have to keep calling him so that he can keep saving us. As if we’re all lost in a thick fog and Amida is a few steps ahead of us illuminating the way, we have to keep him in sight…

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SIMPOSIUM AT OASIS

Posted by David Brazier on July 11, 2017 at 15:30 0 Comments

On 8th July we had a meeting of six teachers at Oasis together with many visitors.

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Each of the teachers gave a presentation on what they considered most significant in their practice. Then there was an extended lunch period for socialising and, finally a sessions of questions and answers.…

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