Meditations of a Buddhist Skeptic



Meditations of a Buddhist Skeptic Renowned Buddhist philosopher B Alan Wallace reasserts the power of shamatha and vipashyana, traditional Buddhist meditations, to clarify the mind s role in the natural world Raising profound questions about human nature, free will, and experience versus dogma, Wallace challenges the claim that consciousness is nothing than an emergent property of the brain with little relation to universal events Rather, he maintains that the observer is essential to measuring quantum systems and that mental phenomena however conceived influence brain function and behavior.Wallace embarks on a two part mission to restore human nature and to transcend it He begins by explaining the value of skepticism in Buddhism and science and the difficulty of merging their experiential methods of inquiry Yet Wallace also proves that Buddhist views on human nature and the possibility of free will liberate us from the metaphysical constraints of scientific materialism He then explores the radical empiricism inspired by William James and applies it to Indian Buddhist philosophy s four schools and the Great Perfection school of Tibetan Buddhism.Since Buddhism begins with the assertion that ignorance lies at the root of all suffering and that the path to freedom is reached through knowledge, Buddhist practice can be viewed as a progression from agnosticism not knowing to gnosticism knowing , acquired through the maintenance of exceptional mental health, mindfulness, and introspection Wallace discusses these topics in detail, identifying similarities and differences between scientific and Buddhist understanding, and he concludes with an explanation of shamatha and vipashyana and their potential for realizing the full nature, origins, and potential of consciousness. Free Download Meditations of a Buddhist Skeptic [ By ] B. Alan Wallace [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – heartforum.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 292 pages
  • Meditations of a Buddhist Skeptic
  • B. Alan Wallace
  • English
  • 08 July 2017
  • 0231158343

10 thoughts on “Meditations of a Buddhist Skeptic

  1. Suzanne says:

    Check this out of the library, if you re interested, but don t buy it I purchased the e book on the basis of a sample, and feel that it was a wasted 15 I can t even sell it to a used book dealer or give it away.On the basis of the title and the sample, I expected an ultimately agnostic work that would be skeptical of both science and the supernatural that would explore what we know and what we don t know and that would admit that there is much that we don t know and cannot know.The title is Check this out of the library, if you re interested, but don t buy it I purchased the e book on the basis of a sample, and feel that it was a wasted 15 I can t even sell it to a used book dealer or give it away.On ...

  2. Steve Greenleaf says:

    B Alan Wallace is among the foremost practitioner teachers of Buddhism today He reports while brought up in a Christian household, and even though I found great meaning in the teachings of Jesus, some of the church s doctrines made no sense to me Kindle Locations 71 72 He grew up in California, Scotland, and Switzerland He started as an undergrad at UC San Diego and then he transferred to G ttingen in West Germany, moving from an ecology major at UCSD to a primary interest in philosophy B Alan Wallace is among the foremost practitioner teachers of Buddhism today He reports while brought up in a Christian household, and even though I found great meaning in the teachings of Jesus, some of the church s doc...

  3. okei says:

    The rise to prominence in the 19th century of belief in scientific materialism, while resolving the Cartesian mind body problem by seeing all as body matter , in doing so suspended the possibility for an introspective approach to psychology to develop following its foundation as a scientific discipline in 1875, independently by Wilhelm Wundt in Germany and William James in America We are still in the grip of dogmatic materialism.Alan Wallace would like to see a rejection of dogma, either duali The rise to prominence in the 19th ...

  4. Ariadne Deborah Fassel says:

    Clear writing, excellent explanations of often difficult topics A great help to my understanding I must go in search ofof his writings.

  5. David Roberts says:

    I ve been struggling to write this review because I don t want to be caught in the irony of dogmatically rejecting a book because I thought it too dogmatic I started reading the book in the summer, stopped because I found it too prescriptive, but then finished it off because I m trying to clear my Currently Reading bookshelf for the New Year.So I thought I d try this approach You will REALLY like this book if 1 having the word Manifesto in the title of this book doesn t remind you of the I ve been struggling to write this review because I don t want to be caught in the irony of dogmatically rejecting a book because I thought it too dogmatic I started reading the book in the summer, stopped because I found it too prescriptive, but then finished it off because I m trying to clear my Currently Reading bookshelf for the New Year.So I thought I d try this approach You will REALLY like this book if 1 having the word Manifesto in the title of this book doesn t remind you of the Unabomber2 you think that all of Science has somehow organized itself t...

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