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41mcwktxkyl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Lopez, Alan Robert. Buddhist Revivalist Movements: Comparing Zen Buddhism and the Thai Forest Movement. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. (240 p., ISBN 978-1-137-54349-3)

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“This text provides a comparative investigation of the affinities and differences of two of the most dynamic currents in World Buddhism: Zen Buddhism and the Thai Forest Movement. Defying differences in denomination, culture, and historical epochs, these schools revived an unfettered quest for enlightenment and proceeded to independently forge like practices and doctrines. The author examines the teaching gambits and tactics, the methods of practice, the place and story line of teacher biography, and the nature and role of the awakening experience, revealing similar forms deriving from an uncompromising pursuit of awaking, the insistence on self-cultivation, and the preeminent role of the charismatic master. Offering a pertinent review of their encounters with modernism, the book provides a new coherence to these seemingly disparate movements, opening up new avenues for scholars and possibilities for practitioners.”

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journal.pone.0102990.g006Amihai I., Kozhevnikov M. Arousal vs. Relaxation: A Comparison of the Neurophysiological and Cognitive Correlates of Vajrayana and Theravada Meditative Practices. PLoS ONE 9.7 (2014): e102990. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102990

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Abstract: “Based on evidence of parasympathetic activation, early studies defined meditation as a relaxation response. Later research attempted to categorize meditation as either involving focused or distributed attentional systems. Neither of these hypotheses received strong empirical support, and most of the studies investigated Theravada style meditative practices. Read the rest of this entry »