Tibetan Meditative Transformation

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Tibetan Meditative Transformation When one hears the word "Tibet," several pop-culture images come to mind; these might include the often seen "Free Tibet!" bumper sticker, the perpetual smile of the fourteenth Dalai Lama, or the mental image of orange clad monks with shaved heads, chanting in unison. American culture has embraced many aspects of Tibetan culture in a rather superficial manner, but upon further inspection, it becomes apparent that these particular aspects have been embraced because they represent what is most important to Tibetans: their seemingly endless struggle for political freedom from an oppressive Chinese rule, the religious and political role of their charismatic leader, Tenzin Gyatso, and the role of religion…show more content…
Despite this major blockade, many researchers have attempted to study meditation; not least of all because the Dalai Lama himself supports this research. The Dalai Lama has shown a serious interest in modern science, and has articulated the importance of a line of communication between neuroscientists and meditation experts. He has displayed his support for this relationship between Tibetan Buddhism and modern science by attending conferences on the mind given by neuroscientists and psychiatrists, including the director of the National Institute of Mental Health (Piburn, 1993). It seems that the Dalai Lama, in addition to many other Buddhists, believes that his faith and modern science are not necessarily incompatible, and may even be complementary. It is, in fact, a tenant of Buddhism to disregard religious teachings definitively proven false by science; one quote attributed to the Buddha goes so far as to say that practitioners should test the Buddha’s words, as one would test gold to see if it is false, before accepting them as truth (Piburn, 1993). This is analogous to the modern scientific method, which

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