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Beyond the Self: Conversations between Buddhism and Neuroscience
Matthieu in dialogue with Wolf Singer, MIT Press

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Buddhism shares with science the task of examining the mind empirically; it has pursued, for two millennia, direct investigation of the mind through penetrating introspection. Neuroscience, on the other hand, relies on third-person knowledge in the form of scientific observation. In this book, Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk trained as a molecular biologist, and Wolf Singer, a distinguished neuroscientist -- close friends, continuing an ongoing dialogue -- offer their perspectives on the mind, the self, consciousness, the unconscious, free will, epistemology, meditation, and neuroplasticity.

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Meeting an Ordinary Saint

By Matthieu Ricard on February 08, 2018

Every evening, for 25 years, Gurmit Singh, shuts his clothing store in the sprawling city of Patna for the night, gets on his scooter, and visits the neediest people. These are the people who are left behind by the two main hospitals in the capital of Bihar, the poorest state in India. They are called "lawaris," the "abandoned," because they...

The Fear Factor

By Matthieu Ricard on January 15, 2018

Abigail Marsh’s new book, The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths and Everyone in Between , reads like a thriller: it is entertaining, easy to read, and page after page, throws light on two of the most fundamental traits of human beings: extreme selfishness and extreme altruism. While doing research for my book Altru...

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I am not angry with my bile and other humors—
Fertile source of pain and suffering!
Why then take offense at living beings?
They too are impelled by circumstance. . . .


SHANTIDEVA (685-763)
Bodhicaryavatara: The Way of the Bodhisattva, op. cit. Chap. 5, verses 12-13, and Chap. 6, verses 1-3, 10, 22, 41, 107-8.


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