How the brain learns according to Buddhism

Despite being divided by a gulf of more than two millennia, ancient Buddhism and modern neuroscience have reached strikingly similar conclusions about the way the human mind operates. One of the core doctrines of ancient Buddhism is the concept that nothing is permanent, and that the universe is on a state of incessant change. This includes the minds of human beings themselves, which according to Buddhist doctrine are in a state of constant flux and thus devoid of a permanent self. The latest research from the field of neuroscience is in increasing agreement with these insights reached by the Buddha roughly two thousand five hundred years ago. A neuroscience paper recently published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences points to the affinity between Buddhist doctrine and what science tells us about the human brain. According to…


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