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Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying: An Exploration of Consciousness Paperback – May 1, 2002
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Sleeping, Dreaming, And Dying is an exploration of Consciousness with the Dalai Lama edited and narrated by Francisco Varela. Sleeping, Dreaming, And Dying is the account of an historic dialogue between leading Western scientists and one of the foremost representatives of Buddhism today, the Dalai Lama of Tibet. Revolving around the three key moments of consciousness of sleep, dreams, and death. Sleeping, Dreaming, And Dying is engrossing and highly readable, whether the topic is lucid dreaming, near death experiences, or the very structure of consciousness itself, this unique exchange between the Dali Lama and philosopher Charles Taylor, psychoanalyst Joyce McDougall, psychologist Jayne Gackenbach, cultural ecologist Joan Halifax, and neuroscientist Jerome Engle will delight any reader with an interest in Buddhism, psychology, ;neuroscience, the alternative worlds of dream, and the afterlife. -- Midwest Book Review
Original Language: Tibetan
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From a buddhist perspective it helps reinforces the belief (at least not disproved it) of buddhist that there is a higher level of consciousness not yet been measured via any scientific means. From a scientific standpoint, the book has summarised the recent developments in neuroscience and showed us that there is a possibility one day both religion and science will meet face to face and one would have to change the fundamental concepts one used to hold. It could be the scientific community or the religious groups. At least HH the Dalai Lama is very open to the ideas in the book while the scientists were at times pretty "close" and reluctant to take a different perspective which made some of them sounded a little bit defensive.
The cultural ecologist, Jane Halifax (whom you all may know of), had a particularly fascinating section in here on near death experiences. All the Dalai Lama did was show some uncertainty as to the validity of these claims in light of the Buddhist view of a natural death and rebirth. So what if the Dalai Lama didn't agree with her, you don't have to have agreement to have a good book! Differentiating views provide all of us more food to chew on, and then decide which works for us. It's not a matter of who had it right, but rather, "Does it sound right to you?"
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which is why it took me nearly three months to finish reading it. On the other hand, toward the middle the book became more interesting and included very interesting topics such as near death experience. Most of all, I feel that the authors should have put together step by step instructions on how to approach death without fear, and how to find some comfort in our dreams. It's not a book I would read again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the book is well written and summary is excellent. 5 stars for Dalai Lama.He is the only one in the group that has any significant information to share. Read morePublished 28 days ago by j'aimelire
I bought this book for my Philosophy of Dreams college course. Even with shipping, it was half the price of the university bookstore. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Yeah
This book speaks to subjects that interest me in a concise way with much detail. Once again spirituality meets science.Published on April 14, 2014 by Aeronica Ferguson
this book covers a small conference where scientists, philosophers and the Dalai Lama have an intimate and candid dialogue. I have read a number of the Dalai Lama works. Read morePublished on September 23, 2011 by critical reviewer
The work Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying: An Exploration of Consciousness with the Dalai Lama is from the 1992 Mind and Life Conference, sponsored by the Mind and Life Institute, an... Read morePublished on February 1, 2011 by L. J. Vollmer
Don't get me wrong: the Mind and Life institute is doing good and necessary work, and some of their publications I thought were excellent (e.g. Read morePublished on July 12, 2009 by Kieran Fox
HHDL has had a lifelong interest in the intersection of buddhist thought and western science, and he has attracted many westerners to buddhism because of it. Read morePublished on June 11, 2008 by mdsarc