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51PvUCzEQnL.jpgWendy Hasenkamp, Janna White (eds.). The Monastery and the Microscope: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Mind, Mindfulness, and the Nature of Reality. Yale University Press, 2017. (400 pages, ISBN 978-0300218084)

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“In 2013, during a historic six-day meeting at a Tibetan monastery in southern India, the Dalai Lama gathered with leading scientists, philosophers, and monks for in-depth discussions on the nature of reality, consciousness, and the human mind. This eye-opening book presents a record of those spirited and wide-ranging dialogues, featuring contributions from prominent scholars like Richard Davidson, Matthieu Ricard, Tania Singer, and Arthur Zajonc as they address such questions as: Does nature have a nature? Do you need a brain to be conscious? Can we change our minds and brains through meditation?

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Happy new year to all of you!

As you may (or may not) know, I work part-time as a librarian, and as such I regularly hold newly published books in my hands and always have an eye out on the most interesting new releases. Last year I started collecting bibliographic data on those newly released titles which caught my most curious attention and then published a related list at the end of the year thus making this information widely available.

So now it’s time for another list of 2015, and it features 40 pages and 90 academic monographs in a variety of disciplines with full bibliographic information as well as links to publishers, Google Books, and Worldcat.

You can find it on the page “Free Content” or download it directly here.

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If you find it helpful and/or enjoyable, please consider contributing to my Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for my participation in the Mindfulness Teachers’ Development Programme.

CourseraBuddhist Meditation and the Modern World [Link]

You can now sign up for free for this coursera course with instructors David Germano and Kurtis Schaeffer. It is scheduled to start in June and will feature 13 weeks of study at 2-6 hours of study a week. Highly recommended!

“Introduces students to (i) the history of Buddhist contemplative traditions in India and Tibet (meditation, yoga, mindfulness, visualization, etc.), (ii) innovations in scientific research on understanding such contemplative practices, (iii) recent adaptations of such practices in multiple professional and personal areas, and (iv) the practices themselves through brief secular contemplative exercises.

The course will be co-taught by David Germano and Kurtis Schaeffer, and will be include extensive contributions from scientists, people involved with integrating in practice, and Tibetan Buddhist teachers.

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