Over several days in March and early April 2021, Maria Kozhevnikov at the National University of Singapore convened a private online workshop, "Bridging Esoteric Vajrayana Buddhism Practices with Science to Enhance Human Cognition."
We are delighted to make the transcribed video proceedings of this workshop publicly available.
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Vajrayana Buddhism and Science Workshop Video Proceedings
Vajrayana practices, their origin, and classifications
Interview with Gebchak Wangdrak Rinpoché on Vajrayana Meditative Practices
Current neuroscience research on meditation. Differences between meditative practices of different Buddhist traditions from a neuroscience perspective
Current neuroscience research on Vajrayana practices and their possible neurocognitive and physiological mechanisms 1 & 2
Interview with H.E. Gyeltshen Rinpoché on Vajrayana Meditative Practices
Advanced Vajrayana practices 1: The case of Tummo
Creativity, Imagination, and Vajrayana Practices
Risks and benefits associated with advanced Vajrayana practices and their medical applications
Overcoming Attentional Limitations and Vajrayana Practices
Advanced Vajrayana practices 2: Dream Yoga and Lucid Dreaming
How to Research Vajrayana practices? EEG Methodology Issues
Bridging Vajrayana Practices with Science & Live Q&A Session − Discussion that focuses on possible ways to establish collaborations between Vajrayana scholars and practitioners in Bhutan and Tibet, and the scientific research community.
Talks with Rinpoches
Interview with H.E. Gyeltshen Rinpoché − Interview with H.E. Gyeltshen Rinpoché on Vajrayana meditation practices and retreat systems in the monasteries and retreat centers he oversees in eastern Bhutan.
Vajrayana Retreat Practices at Gebchak Nunnery: Part 1 − Talk by Gebchak Wangdrak Rinpoché about meditative retreat practices at Gebchak Nunnery in Nangchen, Tibet.
Vajrayana Retreat Practices at Gebchak Nunnery: Part 2 − Talk by Gebchak Wangdrak Rinpoché about meditative retreat practices at Gebchak Nunnery in Nangchen, Tibet.
Individual Topical Presentations
The Varieties of Tibetan Buddhist Meditation by David Germano (University of Virginia)
Tantric Practice and Scientific Research by Geoffrey Samuel
Meditation, Buddhist Psychology, and the Regulation of the Mind-Brain by Antonio Raffone (Sapienza University, Rome)
Meditation and the Neurophysiology of Self by Rael Cahn (University of Southern California)
Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Meditation by Arnaud Delorme (Paul Sabatier University)
Towards Scientific Conceptualization of Meditation: Part 1 by Maria Kozhevnikov (National University of Singapore)
Towards Scientific Conceptualization of Meditation: Part 2 by Maria Kozhevnikov (National University of Singapore)
Hemodynamic observations of Tummo yoga practitioners by Alexander Levitov (East Virginia Medical School)
The phenomenology and cognitive mechanisms of tulpamancy by Michael Lifshitz (McGill University)
Contemplative Techniques of Cognitive Lucidity and Embodiment in Vajrayana Dream Yoga by Michael Sheehy (University of Virginia)
Recent findings in the cognitive neuroscience of lucid dreaming by Benjamin Baird (University of Wisconsin)
From Neuroscience to Conversing with Lucid Dreamers by Ken Paller (Northwestern University)