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Science, Buddhism, and Your Mind: A Shambhala Sun Spotlight

The Shambhala Sun's online archives include fascinating stories of the research from the world of Buddhism and science, and the personalities behind it all. Links open in new windows; just click any article’s title to start reading.



Taking the Measure of Mind

At the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, prominent neuroscientist Richie Davidson (left) and his team try to see how far our minds can go and how meditation helps. Senior Writer Barry Boyce reports.

The New Science of Mind

Scientists study phenomena. Meditators study experience. And never the twain shall meet. Until now. Jill Suttie reports on the Mind and Life Institute and the growing field of contemplative science.


Two Sciences of Mind

In Francisco Varela, the Dalai Lama found a kindred spirit. Together, with some of the greatest names in neuroscience and Buddhism, they laid the groundwork for a scientific revolution. Barry Boyce reports on the dialogue between cutting-edge science and Buddhism's 2500-year study of the mind.


The Science of Mindfulness

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. looks for the “active ingredient” that makes mindfulness so beneficial to our health, psyche, and overall quality of life. 


The Lama in the Lab

Daniel Goleman reports on the Dalai Lama and the dialog between science and Buddhism, especially on how neuroscientists are measuring the effects of meditation.


Survival of the Kindest

Psychologist Paul Ekman reveals Charles Darwin’s real view of compassion—and it’s not what you might think. His belief that altruism is a vital part of human and even animal life is being confirmed by modern science.


Studying Mind from the Inside

While scientific methods are useful, says His Holiness the Dalai Lama, mind should also be studied through rigorous observation of our own subjective experience.


The Science of Mindfulness

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. looks for the “active ingredient” that makes mindfulness so beneficial to our health, psyche, and overall quality of life.


The Science of Love

Are there provable methods we can use to become more altruistic and compassionate? Can Buddhist compassion practices be adapted for a secular society? Barry Boyce reports on the growing number of scientists and researchers who are studying how to bring out the best in human nature.


Mindfulness of Mind

Dispassionately observing what goes on in our mind is one of Buddhism’s central practices. As Michael Stroud reports, the technique is being used to work with a variety of mental health problems, including depression.


The Cosmos Wakes Up

It was a 14-billion year journey from simple hydrogen to Mahatma Gandhi. David Loy asks: Is evolution the universe waking up to itself?



And for more, see our ongoing science coverage from our blog, Shambhala SunSpace.



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