Special Issue "Science and Religion: Buddhist and Hindu Perspectives"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 May 2014)
Prof. Geoffrey Samuel
Mr. Rob Hogendoorn
The intention of this special issue is to look critically at the dialogue so far between religion and contemporary science in the Asian context. One of us (Samuel) organised an international workshop on this theme at the University of Toronto in April 2013; the other (Hogendoorn) took part in the conference, which included seven papers on Buddhist and two on Hindu perspectives. We expect to include most of these papers in the special issue, but are also inviting further article submissions in the same general area.
The workshop was deliberately pluralist and interdisciplinary, involving scientists, social scientists and humanities scholars. Contributions from all these areas are invited. The central focus is on the possibilities for a mutual, non-reductionist translation between Western scientific, and Buddhist and other traditional Asian, modes of understanding of consciousness and its place within human society and the planetary ecology.
Submissions are particularly welcome in the following areas, though others are not excluded:
- To what extent do neuroscience and the cognitive science of religion give an adequate account of human consciousness? How can they contribute to a meaningful dialogue?
- Can mindfulness-based and comparable Asian-derived therapies be translated into Western terms? What might get lost in the process?
- What sense can be made of Tibetan medicine, particularly its religious aspects (e.g. Tantric healing, medicine empowerment), shamanic healing and spirit healing, and other similar Asian traditions in a scientific context?
- How might scientists make sense of Tibetan and other Buddhist views on consciousness and mind that do not depend on a material base (certain meditational and yogic processes, the subtle body, rebirth)?
- What is to be made of Tibetan and other Buddhist understandings of emotions (again including meditational and yogic processes) and neuroscience (including neuroendocrinology)?
Mr. Rob Hogendoorn
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- subtle body
- tantric healing