We are launching a new monthly podcast series, Upaya Conversations, a collaboration with Upaya Zen Center … I will be hosting conversations with outstanding teachers, scholars, and visionaries in Buddhism and intersecting fields of human development.

We begin this series with scholars from Neuroscience/Neuropsychology … The first guest is  Evan Thompson.

Evan Thompson is a philosopher who works in the fields of cognitive science, Phenomenology, and cross-cultural philosophy, especially Asian philosophy and contemporary Buddhist philosophy in dialogue with Western philosophy and science.  He is the author of “Waking, Dreaming, Being: New Light on the Self and Consciousness from Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy” (Columbia University Press, forthcoming) and of “Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind” (Harvard University Press, 2007). He is also the co-author of “The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience” (MIT Press, 1991; new expanded edition, 2014).

Evan speaks with Joanna about his forthcoming book “Waking, Dreaming, Being…”: how consciousness and the sense of self  shift in different waking states, lucid dreaming…through the twin perspectives of neuroscience of consciousness and meditative experience and philosophy; lucid dreaming in a contemplative context; being a philosopher in a post-modern world; autopoiesis: life creates its own ends; love & the web of life: this deeper, organic embeddedness; embodied mind, gender and aging; sitting & movement: complementary contemplative practices; science and meditation: the primacy of mind as direct experience…


”I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik