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Video: “Taste of Buddhism: What Is the Mind?” at Tse Chen Ling

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“What Is the Mind?” Live-streamed discussion and meditation at Tse Chen Ling Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, February 9, 2020

Though we are all convinced that we have one, science has no agreed definition for consciousness or mind. Even subjectively, the mind is elusive, difficult to pin to any specific mental experience: If the mind is our thoughts, then what is it that observes those thoughts? What are we without thoughts? Do we ever truly see an object, or only its mental reconstruction? This discussion and meditation takes the mind as an object of contemplation to probe the nature of subjective reality and awareness itself.

This discussion and meditation by Scott Snibbe was recorded February 9, 2020 at Tse Chen Ling Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies San Francisco, California on a topic also addressed in podcast Episode 6: What Is the Mind? and Episode 7: Guided Meditation – What Is the Mind?

The talk, part of Tse Chen Ling’s “Taste of Buddhism” program, takes a secular approach to Buddhist topics, requiring no religious beliefs.

Speaker Biography

Scott Snibbe is a twenty-year student of Tibetan Buddhism, whose teachers include Geshe Ngawang Dakpa, Ven. Rene Feusi, Choden Rinpoche, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Inspired by his teachers, he leads meditations that infuse the pure lineage of the Tibetan Buddhist masters with science, humor, and the realities of the modern world. A former digital artist and technology entrepreneur, Scott is the host of the meditation podcast A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment.


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