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James Kingsland Siddharthas Brain

April 27, 201612 min
Prominent GUARDIAN science editor JAMES KINGSLAND discusses the groundbreaking exploration of the “science of enlightenment” in "SIDDHARTHA’S BRAIN: Unlocking the Ancient Science of Enlightenment" coming out on April 26th, 2016. In a lush grove on the banks of the Neranjara in northern India, 400 years before the birth of Christ, a homeless man in his late 30s sat beneath a fig tree. His name was Siddhartha Gautama, though he is better known now as the Buddha, and he was in the process of unlocking the secrets of mental wellness and spiritual “enlightenment” through mindful meditation. Framed by the historical journey and teachings of the Buddha, SIDDHARTHA’S BRAIN shows how meditative and Buddhist practice anticipated the findings of cutting-edge science by two millennia. Far from a New Age fad, the principles of meditation have deep scientific support for their efficacy, and have been proven to be effective in combating many of the psychiatric disorde

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