The Buddhist Mind Science

Rungruang Limchoopatipa


The emerging of Buddhism to the modern science, sometimes called the convergence of Buddhism and modern science recently receives much interests and attentions. It promises a new way to re-investigate the study of life and mind. Some western scientists call Buddhism as a science of mind because most of Buddhist study is about the mind and methods to develop the mind to function in a proper way. With present technology, theoretically we can use the fMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to observe activities of neurons inside the brain, and slowly being able to identify a particular function of the mind in associated with certain group of neural network one by one. However since there are more than 150 billion neurons in a brain, and each neuron has more than ten thousand of dendrites connecting with other neurons, therefor the numbers of connections of neurons seem to be enormous and success from this kind of random study is almost impossible. In order to resolving this problem, the mind and its functions of mind should be well defined in a proper framework first. In this study, a systematic approach to understand the learning of Buddhism is introduced; especially the Buddhist introspective learning of insight phenomena will be re-investigated in regards to the theory of consciousness, functionalization of brain, and cognition studies. We hope that a systematic structure of mind from Buddhist knowledge will provide a conceptual framework and insight guideline for modern science studies.


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