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.

Consciousness and Meditation: At the Intersection of Eastern Traditions and Neuroscience

Consciousness and meditation: At the intersection of Eastern traditions and neuroscience

The ultimate goal of experience of consciousness is a paradox—the goal is to be in a state where you are unaware of possible objects of awareness. The ultimate goal is also to forget the distinction among the three components of awareness: (1) object of knowledge or awareness, (2) the process of being aware, and (3) you yourself, the individual, who is attempting to reach that state of awareness. Meditation is a state as well as a trait. State and trait are distinguished when we review changes in brain imaging or behavioral measures. Two kinds of meditation are commonly distinguished. One promotes serenity; the other ...

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