In this episode, Wendy speaks with Buddhist scholar John Dunne. John has interfaced with contemplative scientists for over two decades to help advance rigorous research on meditation by incorporating a nuanced Buddhist perspective. They touch on many topics, including:
his path to integrating Buddhism and science, and the early days of contemplative research;
defining "meditation" for research purposes;focused attention vs. open monitoring meditation;a deep dive into meta-awareness;subject/object duality and whether anything really exists;the different ways we experience the sense of self;hallucinogens, ego dissolution, and non-dual practices;decentering and dereification;and where he thinks the field should go next.