Thursday, January 26, 2012

More On Meditating in an fMRI Machine

By way of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche's Tergar website, Cortland Dahl recounts his experience meditating with pain inside an fMRI machine.  The findings demonstrate the old Buddhist story of the second arrow:

"When an untaught worldling is touched by a painful (bodily) feeling, he worries and grieves, he laments, beats his breast, weeps and is distraught. He thus experiences two kinds of feelings, a bodily and a mental feeling. It is as if a man were pierced by a dart and, following the first piercing, he is hit by a second dart. So that person will experience feelings caused by two darts."

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