Special Event: Zoran Josipovic, NYU Neural Science and Psychology Dept

November 7, 2008
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

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Influence of nondual awareness on the anti-correlated networks in the brain–a study of Buddhist, Christian and Jewish meditation/contemplation.

Nondual awareness can be described as a special case of unity consciousness in which there is no blocking of the sensory input and one is fully oriented to time and space, yet one transcends the confines of the egoic mind. The majority of contemplative traditions regard the development of nondual awareness and its integration into daily life as one of the most significant objectives of spiritual practice, crucial to one’s ability to realize the potential for happiness, wisdom and grace. This talk will present the current state of our research on the neural correlates of this state of consciousness.

Bio:
Zoran Josipovic, Ph.D. is a research scientist and an adjunct professor at the Center for Neural Science and Psychology Dept., New York University. His main interests are the nature of consciousness and its relation to the brain, global versus local theories of consciousness, and the functioning of anti-correlated neural networks. Zoran is a long-term practitioner of meditation in the nondual traditions of Dzogchen, Mahamudra and Advaita Vedanta. He has also worked as a psychotherapist and a bodyworker and has taught meditation at Esalen Institute for many years.

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