Consciousness is an active area of both philosophical debates and scientific research. Consciousness Quest, rather than covering the broad spectrum of consciousness spread over multiple scientific disciplines, refocuses the quest for consciousness on a specific area where Eastern contemplative traditions, mostly in Hindu and Buddhist theories of mind, meet Western empirical research. This book is an introduction to current scientific thinking and research on consciousness and at the same time acquaints readers with the spectrum of classical and modern philosophical notions on consciousness.

Experience of Consciousness: Eastern Phenomenology

Experience of consciousness: Eastern phenomenology

The depth of mystical experiences of consciousness is sometimes described as a sudden opening. The mind suddenly opens up to receive what might be experienced as a surrealistic message. The mystical experience has a long history in most religious traditions, well-rooted in the distinction between an ordinary life and a spiritual life. The spiritual life proceeds directly by a change of consciousness, a change of consciousness in which one finds one's true being and comes first into direct and living contact, then in union with something much larger than ordinary life, nature, or the soul. The body and mind, however, must be prepared to receive such conscious experience as in the contemplative state of meditation, the ...

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