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A Conversation with Dr. Robert Lanza – Audio Talks Given at Hazy Moon

A Conversation with Dr. Robert Lanza Listen to excerpts from Dr. Robert Lanza’s recent talk at the Hazy Moon Zen Center. “Einsteinian orthodoxy is a diversion from what science is about, which is to help us understand our experience. When we realize that space and time are simply tools of consciousness, we also realize, quite…

Beware Being Seduced by the Cool in Quantum

By Ralph Shikan Levinson

Entropy is often thought of as a measure of randomness, disorder and in information theory, ignorance. It seems to be on the one hand trivially statistical and on the other hand deeply embedded in our experience.

Audio Interviews with Tom Campbell

By Nick Shindo Street

Tom Campbell, a professional physicist, has worked on some of the most complex military systems in the U.S. arsenal. Since the early 1970s, he has also been at the forefront of a movement to shift the study of consciousness from the periphery to the center of modern scientific inquiry.

A Physicist Encounters Naked Awareness: The Life and Work of Russell Targ

By Michael Isshin Spiller

For a number of years at the Hazy Moon, Nyogen Roshi has been talking about science. Specifically how a number of scientists from different disciplines increasingly are hitting upon a track that parallels the insights of classical meditative or spiritual practices.

Beliefs and Brains

Book reviews by Michael Isshin Spiller My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey (Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.) Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife (Eben Alexander, M.D.) Those of us who spend a lot of time at the Hazy Moon regularly hear Nyogen Roshi ask “Do you really believe …?” followed…

Paradigm Shifter: An Interview with Robert Lanza

by Nick Shindo Street A cover story on Robert Lanza in U.S. News and World Report summarized his remarkable life with these words:“[He] is the living embodiment of the character played by Matt Damon in the movie ‘Good Will Hunting.’ Growing up underprivileged in Stoughton, Mass., south of Boston, the young preteen caught the attention…

Circle and Wave

In this essay on the relationship between mathematics and Zen, Ralph Shikan Levinson draws on some of the fundamentals of geometry, particularly the quality of symmetry, as a way to interpret the identity of relative and absolute. He then applies some of his ideas to an appreciation of Zen poetry and art, particularly the work of Sengai Gibon (1750-1838).

Mind Breathes Fire

by Ralph Shikan Levinson (This article is adapted from a blog entry from Shikan’s website, ZenGut) Nyogen Roshi sent me a New York Times article that he thought I would like: “A Black Hole Mystery Wrapped in a Firewall Paradox.” Leonard Susskind, a theoretical physicist and educator whose work I enjoy, had offered comments on…

Where Am I? What Time Is It?

Book review by Michael Isshin Spiller Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe, by Robert Lanza, MD, with Bob Berman (BenBella Books, 2009) There are periods when I read from this book every morning, in the same way that I read Song dynasty Ch’an masters like…

Is There Any Reason For a Zen Practitioner to Read About Science?

By Ralph Shikan Levinson When I started Zen practice, I was certain the answer to that question was No. Obviously, one can have a Zen practice and not study science. So why bother? Don’t get me wrong: I love science, although I fell in love with it relatively late in life. When I was 32,…