The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Change You? Paperback – 21 May 2015
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About the Author
Dr Miguel Farias has pioneered brain research on the pain alleviating effects of spirituality and the psychological benefits of yoga and meditation. He was educated in Macao, Lisbon and Oxford. Following his doctorate, he was a researcher at the Oxford Centre for the Science of Mind and a lecturer at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. He currently leads the Brain, Belief and Behaviour group at the Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, Coventry University.
Catherine Wikholm read Philosophy and Theology at Oxford University before going on to do a Masters in Forensic Psychology. Her strong interest in personal change and prisoner rehabilitation led her to be employed by HM Prison Service, where she worked with young offenders. She has since been working in NHS mental health services and is currently completing a practitioner doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey. Miguel and Catherine worked together on a ground-breaking research study investigating the psychological effects of yoga and meditation in prisoners.
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As a Buddhist I have had a kind of growing concern about the 'misuse of mindfulness' rising within western psychological circles. This book really hit the nail on the head in terms of looking into where some of the problems come up. The chapter on the history of violence within Buddhist cultures was interesting too, though possibly presented in a rather heavy-handed way for the point it's making (something like "being a Buddhist doesn't stop you from being a jackass", which is of course true enough).
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