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The Mind's Own Physician
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The Mind's Own Physician
A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of Meditation
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By inviting the Dalai Lama and leading researchers in medicine, psychology, and neuroscience to join in conversation, the Mind & Life Institute set the stage for a fascinating exploration of the healing potential of the human mind. The Mind's Own Physician presents in its entirety the thirteenth Mind and Life dialogue, a discussion addressing a range of vital questions concerning the science and clinical applications of meditation: How do meditative practices influence pain and human suffering? What role does the brain play in emotional well-being and health? To what extent can our minds actually influence physical disease? Are there important synergies here for transforming health care, and for understanding our own evolutionary limitations as a species?

Edited by world-renowned researchers Jon Kabat-Zinn and Richard J. Davidson, this book presents this remarkably dynamic interchange along with intriguing research findings that shed light on the nature of the mind, its capacity to refine itself through training, and its role in physical and emotional health.

By inviting the Dalai Lama and leading researchers in medicine, psychology, and neuroscience to join in conversation, the Mind & Life Institute set the stage for a fascinating exploration of the healing potential of the human mind. The Mind's Own Physician presents in its entirety the thirteenth Mind and Life dialogue, a discussion addressing a range of vital questions concerning the science and clinical applications of meditation: How do meditative practices influence pain and human suffering? What role does the brain play in emotional well-being and health? To what extent can our minds actually influence physical disease? Are there important synergies here for transforming health care, and for understanding our own evolutionary limitations as a species?

Edited by world-renowned researchers Jon Kabat-Zinn and Richard J. Davidson, this book presents this remarkably dynamic interchange along with intriguing research findings that shed light on the nature of the mind, its capacity to refine itself through training, and its role in physical and emotional health.

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  • Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is internationally known for his work as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He is professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and author of numerous books, including Full Catastrophe Living, Arriving at Your Own Door, and Coming to Our Senses.

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  • Library Journal

    November 1, 2011

    This publication is an edited transcript of a 2005 Washington, DC, conference that brought together leading thinkers from the medical and contemplative traditions under the auspices of the Mind and Life Institute. Presentations, lengthy commentary by the Dalai Lama and many of the presenters, and Q&A sessions are included. While at first glance readers may think this a tedious read, it feels like a conversation over coffee. Some of the discussions veer into scientific technicalities, but none is so abstruse that general readers won't understand the conclusions drawn. The focus of this conference was to explore the confluence of religious, meditative, and scientific perceptions of the mind and brain. Contributors discuss how each of these worldviews approaches the study of the brain, whether the mind and brain are different, and whether religion, spirituality, and science are exclusive. VERDICT Not a self-help book so much as an exploration of how spirituality and science intersect--a useful dialog for anyone interested in the mind/body connection.--Margaret Cardwell, Christian Brothers Univ. Lib., Memphis

    Copyright 2011 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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