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  • Can Sam Harris Wake Us Up? (Part 2)

    Posted on: September 29, 2014 | Comments: 0

    By Deepak Chopra, MD

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    Most of us recognized ourselves in the mirror this morning.  The person looking back at us has a familiar name, a family, a job.  He (or she) carries around a long menu of likes and dislikes, along with a personal history from the moment we emerged from the womb. It would amaze the vast majority of the human race to be told that this person in the mirror is an illusion. Sam Harris’s new book, Waking Up, delivers this startling notion loud and clear, and his aim, in a nutshell, is to debunk the illusion of the personal self, which he says is the key to becoming real.

    No one can predict if the message will stick. “No self” has been around for centuries as a basic tenet of Buddhism. (Refer to Part 1 of this post for more details.) Harris dresses it up in brain science, but looking for Buddha in the brain is as futile as looking for Mozart in a piano. It’s obviously specious reasoning, but in Harris’s profession of neuroscience, everything comes down to the brain. Devout Christians find sermons in the stones; brain scientists find them in the anterior cingulate. 

  • Can Sam Harris Wake Us Up?

    Posted on: September 23, 2014 | Comments: 0

    By Deepak Chopra, MD

     

     

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    It caused a stir when Sam Harris, in a new book titled Waking Up, changed his message from militant atheism to peaceful Buddhism. A positive message is better than a negative one, and since Buddhism is often labeled as “a religion without God,” Harris’s move isn’t as radical as it looks at first glance. He has had Buddhist teachers for a long time.  Waking Up speaks to a growing number of Americans who say they are spiritual but not religious. Some of these people want to find God, only outside the constrictions of organized religion.  Since he’s still adamant that God doesn’t exist, Harris probably has nothing to say to that group.

     

     

    What he offers, with abundant backing from neuroscience, is a new flavor of Buddhism, in which some time-honored tenets are proven to be true by examining how the brain works. There is always a danger when someone holding personal beliefs dresses them up with science. You wonder if the contrary evidence has been fairly examined. Many readers may accuse Harris of paying serious attention only to the research that fits his scheme, and this is certainly true. An entire realm of spiritual experience is alien to him, not just the kind associated with praying, feeling God’s presence, contacting the soul, and near-death experiences. To Harris, this whole realm is delusional; therefore the research that supports it must be worthless (not that he shows any depth of knowledge about it—his dismissal is out of hand).

  • Let’s Raise ISHAR – and why we need to

    Posted on: September 15, 2014 | Comments: 0

    By Deepak Chopra, MD

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    Dear Community,

    ISHAR is an online digital library. ISHAR stands for Integrative Studies Historical Archive and Repository. This will be the digital Library of Alexandria for the 21st Century. A compendium of the entire mind/body phenomenon. Mind/body health, mind/body research, and mind/body practices from all over the world will be represented in one trusted and credible location for researchers and online users alike online and free of charge for everyone.

    ISHAR is a project very dear to me – and something I truly want to invite all of my friends and the entire global mind/body community to help build and raise.

    ISHAR belongs to the entire mind/body community. This project emerged this year in the chaos of online issues dealing with many websites publishing misleading information in the mind/body area. Everyone was having similar problems – and from this place of chaos ISHAR began to form in a very organic fashion, and everyone began to pitch in and contribute where they could. Very quickly ISHAR began to take on a life of its own. ISHAR emerged from a small community to begin, but now we open up the building of ISHAR to the entire mind/body community.

    This is a very ambitious project, potentially of historical precedence. ISHAR is a community effort. I ask and invite everyone involved in the mind/body area to please, let’s raise ISHAR.   love deepak chopra

  • Multi-institutional Collaborative Clinical Trial to Examine Health Benefits of Integrative Lifestyle Practices at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing

    Posted on: September 15, 2014 | Comments: 0

    Self-Directed Biological Transformation Initiative (SBTI) study will use latest mobile health sensors and genomic/cellular/metabolomics biomarkers 

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    Scientists and clinicians from seven research institutions have joined together for a first of a kind clinical trial on a whole systems approach to wellbeing. Such an in-depth clinically focused study is unique because previous research studies have typically examined the beneficial effects of individual wellbeing practices – such as meditation, yoga, or specific herbal preparations – few have taken anything like a whole systems approach which simultaneously includes a number of such practices to promote improved mind-body functioning.  The Chopra Center for Wellbeing has been in the forefront of integrating whole systems approaches such as Ayurveda, meditation, yoga, massage, herbal treatments, and nutrition into programs for improving health and wellbeing.

  • Getting Real About Brain Science – A Challenge to the Current Model (Part 2)

    Posted on: September 8, 2014 | Comments: 0

    By Deepak Chopra, MD, Bernardo Kastrup, PhD, Menas C. Kafatos, PhD, and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Phd

     

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    Brain research could someday hit a dead end if we do not address the basic question of what the brain truly is. Assuming that we know what the brain is won’t work—not forever. In the first part of this series the assumptions of neuroscience were held up to the light, and it turned out that almost everyone in the field believes, without question, that the brain is a physical object that produces thoughts and feelings. Without this physical object ticking away inside our skulls, we wouldn’t have a mind–so the currently dominant belief system goes.

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