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Buddhism and violence in the world today

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A talk given by Prof Richard Gombrich for the OCBS on 28 April 2014.

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Coningham refuted

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by Richard Gombrich

Regarding the recent article in Antiquity concerning the dates of the Buddha's life.

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Taking the Buddha Seriously

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This is a copy of a talk given by video at the 8th Global Conference on Buddhism in Singapore by Richard Gombrich

 

'Taking the Buddha Seriously'

 

Comfort or Challenge?

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Richard Gombrich

This is Richard's keynote address for the International Conference on Dissemination of Theravada Buddhism in the 21st Century held in Salaya, Bangkok, Sep/Oct 2010.

 

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Mindfulness and Psychological Process

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J. Mark G. Williams

The author reviews the articles in the Special Section on Mindfulness, starting from the assumption that emotions evolved as signaling systems that need to be sensitive to environmental contingencies. Failure to switch off emotion is due to the activation of mental representations of present, past, and future that are created independently of external contingencies. Mindfulness training can be seen as one way to teach people to discriminate such “simulations” from objects and contingencies as they actually are. The articles in this Special Section show how even brief laboratory training can have effects on processing affective stimuli; that long-term meditation practitioners show distinct reactions to pain; that longer meditation training is associated with differences in brain structure; that 8 weeks’ mindfulness practice brings about changes in the way emotion is processed showing that participants can learn to uncouple the sensory, directly experienced self from the “narrative” self; that mindfulness training can affect working memory capacity, and enhance the ability of participants to talk about past crises in a way that enables them to remain specific and yet not be overwhelmed. The implications of these findings for understanding emotion and for further research is discussed.

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