Saturday, November 26, 2011

IONS: "Science of Meditation" with Roger Walsh

IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) offers the "Essentials of Noetic Sciences" Teleseminar Series, conversations on important issues or topics in the noetic sciences. This one features Roger Walsh, one of the leaders in the integral community, although because he is not a charismatic personality (he is wise and quiet), he is lesser known than the in-your-face gurus (Wilber, Cohen, Gafni). That's a shame.

"Science of Meditation" with Roger Walsh

Visionary: Roger Walsh, MD, PhD

"Science of Meditation" with Roger WalshWhat happens when two major intellectual and practical disciplines from separate cultures and contexts—both of which seek to understand, heal, and enhance the human mind—first come into contact after centuries of separate development? This is one of the questions of our time, a question which is increasingly pressing as the meditative and Western psychological disciplines now meet, challenge, and enrich one another in ways that are only beginning to be understood. 
Contemplatives often still view Western psychology and psychotherapy as limited adjuncts to meditation practice, and psychologists usually regard meditation as just another therapeutic technique to be applied and investigated in conventional ways.
Roger Walsh discusses how the meeting of meditative and Western psychological disciplines holds major theoretical and practical implications for each, as well as the promise of mutual enrichment and potential integrations. If handled skillfully, this meeting may enable them to become partners in one of the greatest of human quests—the exploration, understanding, healing, and enhancement of the human mind.
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