September 15, 2014
This fascinating November 8, 2013 lecture, by neuroscientist and author Todd Murphy, explores a hypothesis about what happens in the brain, when a person attains enlightenment.
Using concepts in neurotheology developed by Dr. Michael A. Persinger of Laurentian Univeristy in Subdbury, Ontario (inventor of the God Helmet) and by Dr Todd Murphy (inventor of the 8 Coil Shakti neural stimulation system); explores the brain’s role in enlightenment, as understood in Buddhism.
The talk also looks at the self (or sense of self), and how its place as a brain function allows it to be flexible enough to change as a person becomes enlightened. It examines a few case histories, including those of Ramana Maharishi, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, The Buddha, and some others.
Todd Murphy’s book ‘Sacred Pathways: The Brain’s Role in Religious and Mystic Experiences’ (foreword by His Holiness, The Dalai Lama) is available.