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Monthly Archive for April, 2010

Cogn Process. 2010 Feb;11(1):9-20 Tagini A, Raffone A. Department of Psychology, University of Milan-Bicocca, Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo, 1, 20126 Milan, Italy. angela.tagini@unimib.it The nature of the ‘self’ and self-referential awareness has been one of the most debated issues in philosophy, psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Understanding the neurocognitive bases of self-related representation and processing is also […]

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Holist Nurs Pract. 2009 Nov-Dec;23(6):361-9. Delaney C, Barrere C. School of Nursing, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA. Colleen.Delaney@uconn.edu Ecospirituality provides a framework for exploring the spiritual dimension of person and environment and the dynamic interplay between this sacred dyad and human health. The aim of this phenomenological study was to explore and describe the […]

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On Wittgenstein and The Dalai Lama

In the process of establishing the scientific validity of key Buddhist philosophical ideas that have therapeutic relevance to western medicine, I claimed yesterday that a core element of such ideas has been omitted. That is to say, the idea of the sacred (the definition of which I hinted at), has not been something easily translatable […]

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Another Turning of the Wheel of Dharma?

Continuing the discussion from yesterday, l would like to start by acknowledging how different an entry this and yesterday’s are, as compared to almost all previous entries to Dharmadoctors. Up until now the main thrust of the website has been to look at the ways Medicine has incorporated Buddhist truths and practices and studied their […]

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Taking Stock …

Hello Friends of Dharmadoctors, It’s been almost a year and a half since this project started and it seems like a good time to take stock of what this has all been about. When the site was initiated, the goal was to attempt to join the two great practice traditions of Medicine and Buddhism in […]

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Apr 15, 2010 Khenpo Tsering of the Surmang Monastery was able to call Lyndon Comstock of the Konchok Foundation to report on the devastation in the Surmang area. The full report of their call is below. Khenpo said that Jyekundo (the closest city to Surmang) is “completely destroyed.” He said that probably 95% of the […]

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Apr 14, 2010 MAJOR EARTHQUAKE NEAR SURMANG MONASTERY A huge earthquake struck Jyekundo yesterday, the closest city to the Surmang Dutsi Til monastery, where Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was the supreme abbot before leaving Tibet. The initial quake of 7.1 magnitude was followed by several aftershocks of magnitude 5 or more. Most communications with Jyekundo are […]

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Cogn Process. 2010 Feb;11(1):1-7 Raffone A, Srinivasan N. Many recent behavioral and neuroscientific studies have revealed the importance of investigating meditation states and traits to achieve an increased understanding of cognitive and affective neuroplasticity, attention and self-awareness, as well as for their increasingly recognized clinical relevance. The investigation of states and traits related to meditation […]

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Fredrickson, B. L., Cohn, M. A., Coffey, K. A., Pek, J., & Finkel, S. M. (2008).  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1045-1062. B. L. Fredrickson’s (1998, 2001) broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions asserts that people’s daily experiences of positive emotions compound over time to build a variety of consequential personal resources. The authors tested […]

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Hutcherson, C. A., Seppala, E. M., & Gross, J. J. (2008).  Emotion, 8, 720-724. The need for social connection is a fundamental human motive, and it is increasingly clear that feeling socially connected confers mental and physical health benefits. However, in many cultures, societal changes are leading to growing social distrust and alienation. Can feelings […]

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