Buddhist Science: An Exploration

John Dunne, PhD. | 19. Juli 2021 bis 23. Juli

We are extremely pleased to welcome two of the world's foremost experts in the neuroscientific study of contemplative practice. John Dunne and Antoine Lutz will be joining us in Gomde for an exciting week in which they will share their exclusive insights into the collaboration of Buddhism and Science.

About the course:

How might the term “science” describe a Buddhist outlook on our world, and in what ways might the term “science” obscure key aspects of Buddhism? Over the course of several days, we will explore these questions and some of the many other issues that they raise. Our exploration will begin with the various ways that the term “science” can be used, and how “Buddhist science” as a term makes good sense. The aspects of Buddhism—or more accurately, a specific form of Buddhism—that transcend or critique sense, especially the notion of “objective knowledge,” will also be a central theme. And much of our time will be spent exploring how Buddhists and scientists have effectively collaborated, and how those collaborations might evolve in the future.

Special Guest
Prof. Dr. Klaus Diether Mathes will be joining us on Wednesday the 21rst of July to talk about "Madhyamaka in the Light of Quantum Physics -A Modern Interpretative Comparison of Dependent Origination with Quantum Interconnectedness". Dr. Mathes is Head of the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna. 
His talk will take place from 3:30 to 4:45 pm CEST.

Online and On-site:

This event will take place at Gomde Germany- Austria and live on Zoom 

Die Kurssprache ist Englisch. 

John Dunne

John D. Dunne (PhD 1999, Harvard University)  holds the Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Humanities, an endowed position created through the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.  He also holds a co-appointment in the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, where he currently serves as department chair. 

John Dunne's work focuses on Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practice, especially in dialog with Cognitive Science and Psychology. His publications appear in venues ranging across both the Humanities and the Sciences, and they include works on Buddhist philosophy, contemplative practice and their interpretation within scientific, philosophical and cultural contexts.  

John Dunne speaks in both academic and public contexts, and he occasionally teaches for Buddhist communities, including Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe. In addition to serving as a faculty member for the Center for Healthy Minds, he is a Fellow and former Board member of the Mind and Life Institute and an academic adviser for the Rangjung Yeshe Institute.

Antoine Lutz

Antoine Lutz is an associate scientist at the Waisman Lab for Brain Imaging & Behavior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is doing his research in collaboration with Prof. R. J. Davidson and several researchers from his lab.

In his research, he is studying the role of large-scale neuronal integration (neural synchrony mechanisms) during various mental states (voluntary attention, emotion generation).

The emphasis of this work is in the use of introspective, or first-person, data in order to understand the function of these large-scale dynamical processes (Neurophenomenology).

In the second part of his research, Lutz explores the relationship between mental training, as cultivated in contemplative traditions, and neuroplasticity.

More precisely, he is looking at the impact of standard meditation techniques on basic affective, cognitive and social functions and on the brain mechanisms that subserve these processes.

Join us via Zoom

The teachings and Q&A sessions will be streamed via Zoom, and videos of the sessions will remain available after the sessions for 7 days.


The seminar takes place from Monday, 19th of July to Friday 23rd of July from

11:15 am to 12:30 pm CEST

Daily Q&A session from:

3:30 pm to 4:45 pm CEST

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Your contribution

Gomde wants to make the precious Dharma available to all who want to practice and learn it.

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For your comfort, we provide a suggested amount of donation. But please feel free to give more or less, depending on your personal situation.

For online seminar 108 Euro

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Bank: Raiffeisenbank Scharnstein
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Join on-site

Gomde has very few rooms for accommodation left for this event. There are, however, many nice guest houses in the area.

And you can also camp on Gomde grounds.

If you would like to join the teachings on-site, please select one of these options in the registration process.

The suggested donation to join this seminar at the center is 300 Euros.

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