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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25779

Title: ‘Against Belief’: Mindfulness Meditation (satipatthana bhavana) as Empirical Method
Authors: Sugunasiri, Suwanda H.J.
Keywords: mindfulness
methodology
science
Buddhianscience
Buddhologist
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Nalanda College of Buddhist Studies
Citation: Sugunasiri, Suwanda H.J. “‘Against Belief’: Mindfulness Meditation (satipatthana bhavana) as Empirical Method,” Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies, 5 (2009): 59-96.
Abstract: Establishing of Mindfulness (satipaññhàna ) is the methodology specifically developed by the Buddha towards Nibbàna. Taking the very small opening segment – Mindfulness of Breathing, of this Discourse, this paper explores its methodology, not however as a spiritual activity but as a scientific method to arrive at knowledge empirically. The opening descriptive, and critical study, is followed by a discussion of a few related theoretical and practical issues. As part of the former is introduced the concept of ‘psycheme’, and regarding the latter, a few thoughts regarding the usefulness of the method for the western scientist – both at the professional and the personal levels, are introduced. The paper proposes that Science and a proposed Buddhianscience engage in a ‘Spiritual Interaction’, by way of bringing together Buddhologists and Scientists in a formal way.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25779
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