The Meditative Approach to Awaken Selfless Insight-Wisdom

Part of the Studies in Neuroscience, Consciousness and Spirituality book series (SNCS, volume 2)


This chapter reviews, first, the two complementary categories of meditation: concentrative meditation and receptive meditation. In this context, it then considers the representations and responses of the upper (dorsal) and lower (ventral) attention systems. The potentially reciprocal nature of the responses of the medial fronto-parietal regions vs. those of these two lateral attention systems is emphasized, because they are relevant to the mechanisms that could prompt an unexpected sensory stimulus to trigger the “peak” experience of awakening (J. kensho). In the model proposed, the reticular nucleus is assigned a key role in inhibiting the adjacent dorsal tier of thalamic nuclei. This disruption of the normal coherence of thalamo-cortical oscillations could, simultaneously, diminish Self-relational processing and liberate other-relational (allocentric) processing.

The further I go, the better I see that it takes a great deal of

work to succeed in rendering what I want to render: ‘instaneity’.

Claude Monet (1840–1926)


Thalamic Nucleus Angular Gyrus fMRI Signal Dorsal Cortex Dorsal Thalamus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Colorado Denver School of MedicineColumbiaUSA

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