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.
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