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Student
Title
Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Margarita Plotkina
Transformation of Consciousness through Zen Practices in Terms of Eastern Tradition and Western Science
Asian Studies
(Bachelor’s programme)
2017
There is a growing interest to the contemplative neuroscience that studies psychophysiological processes of a brain during a meditation. Zen-buddhism remains popular on the West, more and more possibilities of its use appear, according to the discovery of new brain capabilities and psychotechnics that lye under Zen practices.

This paper aims to put together Eastern tradition and the newest scientific investigations, to reveal common conceptions and algorithms of brain work in a usual and a meditative condition.

Scientists just began to explore psychotechnics that lead to a transformation of consciousness. Mindfulness meditation improve cognitive abilities, concentration of attention, strengthen intuition, empathy and prosocial behavior. Moreover, constant meditations give enjoyment and satisfaction.

The first section is dedicated to Eastern tradition - Buddhist religious and philosophical system, a history of Zen evolution and types of Zen practices - koans, zazen, art and work.

The second section includes Western approach. The first chapter consists of comparison study of Buddhist and Western philosophy with the aim to find key diversities and some resemblances. In the next chapter Zen practices are considered through the synergy anthropology. Then we make an observation of neurophysiological investigations and the main information about the brain functions. The next chapter gives information on how the results of scientific research are used in a daily life through Zen-centers and research centers that design different treatment programs

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