Psychology

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Eastern Self/Western Self Revisited

 My previous blog post reflecting on Gish Jen’s new book Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Independent Self, generated quite a bit of discussion. Some respondents dismissed as mere “personal observation” the claim that people from Western and Eastern cultures tend toward different types of self-construal. Others considered such generalizations as an Eastern “collectivist self” […]

By Linda Heuman

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Eastern Self/Western Self

We in the West are quite concerned these days with how to make the dharma authentically Western. But caution please, folks. Before we start inventing a new flavor of Buddhism to suit Western palettes, it is important to look closely at the implicit assumptions we are bringing to this project. To start, we might examine […]

By Linda Heuman

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Video Interview with Shinzen Young

Next week we’ll begin Shinzen Young’s month-long Tricycle Online Retreat “What is Mindfulness?”  Through talks and guided practices, Shinzen will elucidate how mindfulness is defined from numerous points of view and discuss factors that could facilitate or inhibit a global mindfulness revolution. The practice sessions will parallel the talks and offer an experiential point of […]

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The Brains of Buddhist Monks

Buddhism and the brain is a hot topic these days. Here’s a recent BBC News report on meditation and the brains of Buddhist monks: Dr Josipovic’s research is part of a larger effort better to understand what scientists have dubbed the default network in the brain. He says the brain appears to be organised into […]

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