Sentience, mind, and brain

34 The Foundation of Buddhist Practice

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Part of an ongoing series of teachings (retreat and Friday) based on the book The Foundation of Buddhist Practice, second volume in “The Library of Wisdom and Compassion” series by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron.

  • Meditation on six disadvantages of samsara, and applying emptiness
  • Nature of the mind is clarity and cognizance
  • Different meanings of the word “clarity”
  • Explanation of cognition
  • What is a sentient being and what is not
  • Relationship between mind and brain
  • Differences between mind and brain
  • Various types or levels of mind
  • What happens to brain and mind after death
  • Pitfalls of attributing physical or mental disorder to only physiological conditions

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34 The Foundations of Buddhist Practice: Sentience, Mind, and Brain 02-14-20

Contemplation points

  1. What is the mind? What are its two characteristics?
  2. What differentiates a sentient being from that which is not a sentient being?
  3. How do the body and mind influence each other? Make some examples?
  4. What are some differences between Science and Buddhism? What are some similarities?

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