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You’re invited to join H. H. the Dalai Lama for a live book launch


We’re thrilled to announce that His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be hosting a live book launch for his newest book, Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics, Volume 2: The Mind.
Join His Holiness the Dalai Lama, series editor Thupten Jinpa, contextual essay author John Dunne, and Wisdom Publications’ CEO Daniel Aitken on November 12 at 11:30 pm EST for this exciting event and learn about the science of the mind.
The event will include
  • a virtual presentation of the book to His Holiness,
  • brief comments from John Dunne about the essays,
  • a Q&A session about the book and the series with Daniel Aitken and His Holiness,
  • comments on the series from Thupten Jinpa, and
  • closing remarks from His Holiness.


The second volume in the Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classic Series, The Mind, focuses on the science of mind. Readers are first introduced to Buddhist conceptions of mind and consciousness and then led through traditional presentations of mental phenomena to reveal a Buddhist vision of the inner world with fascinating implications for the contemporary disciplines of cognitive science, psychology, emotion research, and philosophy of mind.

Major topics include

  • The distinction between sensory and conceptual processes and the pan-Indian notion of mental consciousness
  • Mental factors—specific mental states such as attention, mindfulness, and compassion—and how they relate to one another
  • The unique tantric theory of subtle levels of consciousness, their connection to the subtle energies, or “winds,” that flow through channels in the human body, and what happens to each when the body and mind dissolve at the time of death
  • The seven types of mental states and how they impact the process of perception
  • Styles of reasoning, which Buddhists understand as a valid avenue for acquiring sound knowledge
In the final section, the volume offers what might be called Buddhist contemplative science, a presentation of the classical Buddhist understanding of the psychology behind meditation and other forms of mental training.
To present these specific ideas and their rationale, the volume weaves together passages from the works of great Buddhist thinkers like Asaṅga, Vasubandhu, Nāgārjuna, Dignāga, and Dharmakīrti. His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s introduction outlines scientific and philosophical thinking in the history of the Buddhist tradition. To provide additional context for Western readers, each of the six major topics is introduced with an essay by John D. Dunne, distinguished professor of Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practice at the University of Wisconsin. These essays connect the traditional material to contemporary debates and Western parallels and provide helpful suggestions for further reading.
Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics, Volume 2: The Mind available for purchase early on the Wisdom Experience. Order it now, or pre-order it from Amazon so you’ll have it for the live event.
If you order from Wisdom, use the code MIND20 at checkout to receive 20% off The Physical World, volume 1 in the Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics series, when you purchase Volume 2: The Mind through the end of November.



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