In this episode I host a conversation between Shinzen Young, a meditation teacher and neuroscience research consultant, and Chelsey Fasano, a Columbia University neuroscience student.
We take an inside look as Chelsey consults Shinzen on her current research project, a review of the neuroscience literature that examine states of self-identification and non-dual awareness.
In the course of the discussion, Shinzen details the many meanings and connotations of the word ‘tantra’ (including its connection to karmamudra) and discusses the importance of definitions.
Chelsey asks if all traditions lead to the same end, or if different techniques lead to different types of enlightenment, and Shinzen reveals what the gurus of the world must learn from the culture of science.
Reuploaded at the request of Shinzen Young.
Audio version of this podcast also available on iTunes and Stitcher – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.
0:00 - Intro 0:52 - Chelsey introduces her research project 2:20 - Shinzen asks Chelsey about herself 4:14 - Chelsey’s background in meditation and academia 8:20 - Chelsey’s ultimate dream 10:26 - Shinzen discusses the importance of words 13:40 - Sh…