Autism is defined and diagnosed by a set of behavior symptoms that range from being manageable to requiring full-time treatment and supervision. The Shank3 gene is found specifically in synapses, which are responsible for the communication between neurons.
Feng’s testing has also showed that different results are achieved based on when the Shank3 gene is activated in the mice’s development. Although the number of people with Shank3 mutations is small, the research being done has implications for a huge impact. The Buddhist conception of reality (and human nature) appeals to many scientists, including psychologists and transhumanists.
Buddha arrived at these truths in reaction to all the human suffering he saw in society — after leaving his former life of royalty.
That’s like giving up before trying, lowering your expectations, and devaluing who you are.
Because real solutions require that people accept the uncertainty of living without becoming pessimistic, detached, or in judgment of all things human, and choose response ability as their constant.
Real solutions also require nations, leaders, and peoples to stop treating others with disrespect, disregard, and in some cases, hatred. Which requires that nations, leaders, and peoples learn how to care and have empathy for others. And that requires that leaders, nations, and peoples learn how to care for themselves first. So that they can heal and transform their negative experience into something positive — instead of making others suffer in hopes of validating their pain.
In an ideal world, science and technology aim to make life easier, healthier, and more productive. If advanced extraterrestrials bestowed us with technologies beyond our dreams, that wouldn’t guarantee we could fix our mess. The clinical setting has its own set of problems — when the goal is to eradicate human suffering by masking symptoms with drugs or alternate states of consciousness. About Buddhism as a religion, as a practice, or a pet theory for scientists who want to bring about a Utopian future?
Personally, I believe it would be a mistake to take anything (for example the Four Noble Truths) strictly at face value. Whether or not this boost in a collective sort of self-esteem will bring about a utopian future remains to be seen.
As far as the notion of suffering goes, I believe the practice or idea behind Buddhism allows us to realize we have to accept abundance along with suffering.
Anyone who’s done meditation for any length of time will tell you that the goal of the practice is not to eradicate suffering or as you put it “letting go of all desires”, but rather to recognize and make peace with suffering. I do not consider myself a Buddhist because as with all other Religions in the world it is full of metaphysical baggage and unsupported truth claims (i.e reincarnation, enlightenment etc).
What you seem to imply is the correct approach “actually start accepting that it’s a natural part of life” is in fact the first noble truth.
Anyone who’s done meditation for any length of time will tell you that the goal of the practice is not to eradicate suffering or as you put it “letting go of all desires”, but rather to recognize and make peace with suffering. Increased well being does not come from eradication, but rather from recognizing things for what they are and developing a healthy relationship with these aspects of our lives.
If scientist wish to apply the scientific method to contemplative practices I can only see this as positive. The first is usually a series of breathing techniques, mantras and such that are intended to move the meditator toward or away from a certain state of mind. It also helps develop a mindful state of mind, so that when thoughts and emotions arrise in everyday life, there is an awareness of it as opposed to an automatic mindless response. I truly believe that this can be a valuable addition to our effort to achieve long lasting balance and well being. Through passive observation, you would in fact do the exact opposite of suppressing emotion because they are allowed to surface and deeply experienced because the mind is not trying to flee.
To deny that such escapism and baseless optimism are being promoted heavily in our day would be wrong.
Actually it’s no secret that Buddhism is one of the main reason why China gradually fall behind the western world in the last few centuries. But from my personal observation, there’re very few Buddhist people living a secular life would fully conform to the aforementioned 4 noble truth, simply because it is too challenging to follow. Kaz, those are great points that help explain why you have to be careful before striving for Buddhist principles when you’re integrated in modern society. You truely can think critically, and your writing is logical and concise and clear – you are a gem. Thank you for actually being a voice of reason to calm our delusions that we can complex problems by putting our heads back in the sand! First, I would like to emphasise that the only danger with practicing mindfulness lies with an inexperienced therapist – not within the practice itself. The mindfulness practice which you are promoting on this website is directly derived from the Buddha’s teachings – whether you like that or not. Surely, if you have a sincere motivation for people to practice mindfulness in a genuine and safe way you should be encouraging people to learn about mindfulness from the authentic source of mindfulness not, as you are currently doing, peddle inaccurate and inflammatory opinions in an attempt to discourage people from investigating the true, authentic and safe source of mindfulness.
I am also surprised by the comments made by Kaz and again surprised (or may not) with your response.
To go on and then say: “Christianity, on the other hand, doesn’t encourage people to abandon desires and thus make the western world more thriving in the same period of time when people explore nature and dramatically advanced the landscape of the physical world.
I have every respect for the teachings of Jesus Christ but it is a fact that Christianity has been run by politicians for centuries – since the Romans used it to control people.
I am a Buddhist (although I would probably be a Christian if the teachings of Jesus Christ had not been corrupted over the centuries). If mindfulness helps you free yourself from the negative thought patterns which continuously dictate your emotions and actions (I never said that it could not), then that’s great to hear. With regard to your opinion that mindfulness is at odds with the second noble truth – I respect your opinion and I am not in any way suprised that you are unable to recognise this as in order to do so you would have to have a deeper understanding of mindfulness. I agree – but the imporatnt question here is – are you in in control, or even aware, of the motivation behind your desires, expectations and without stability of mind how can you possibly anticipate the future with any accuracy?

Karma, you’ve dodged my question and in so doing did not address the second noble truth as I have tried to bring it to your attention.
As a Buddhist woman born and raised in Thailand (but now living in the USA), and as such raised in a Theravada Buddhist household, I hope you will not think that I am bragging or anything like that by bringing up the following thoughts. I hope this helps, because it seems that maybe some of your commentors have not grasped this important difference. I am not sure they also understand that the main reason to practice the precepts of Buddhism is so as to better escape the cycle of rebirth known as Samsara.
In Thailand, we believe that only monks would have a chance at liberation at the end of their current lives. No, it was superior technology by the Western countries that colonized parts of China and forced an open market for opium amongst the Chinese people that caused it to fall behind the West. And I am not sure how successful Buddhism has been in getting people to abandon desires (as you imply).
London, UK -- How could the Dalai Lama, who hesitates to harm mosquitoes, endorse killing Osama bin Laden? Buddhists work out their values through stories of Buddha's past lives, which show him in myriad roles, such as a battle-elephant or minister defending his besieged city. The Buddha, in a past life as a ship's captain named Super Compassionate, discovered a criminal on board who intended to kill the 500 passengers. The exaggerated image of pacifism projected on Buddhism (and Hinduism) was embraced and promoted by natives, as it conveyed moral superiority over colonialist oppressors and missionaries. The Buddhist world is racked with violence and it has never been more important to understand Buddhist ethics. Since the Dalai Lama's first statement, it became clear that Bin Laden did not die in a firefight to avoid capture, but was shot down unarmed. Buddhism does not espouse any ascetic practice, nor does it hold a doctrine tending to a dualistic conception of existence which makes the flesh the source of evil and the spirit the foundation of everything good.
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Researchers at MIT have found that of all of the people diagnosed with autism, 1% of them are missing a critical gene responsible for brain development.
As the mice developed they showed the same repetitive behaviors and anti-social tendencies that you see in human patients with autism.
Shank3 is a scaffold protein, so it is responsible for organizing other proteins that, allow a neuron to accept and respond to incoming signals. Researchers are currently working under the theory that certain neural circuits are created through the development of the mice, and some of them are irreversible while others can be changed. Gordon Fishell, a professor of neuroscience at New York University School of Medicine said of Feng’s research, “The combination of behavior, circuits, physiology, and genetics is state-of-the-art. But if by moderate you mean provide some short-term solutions, which may have unintended consequences, then I don’t think so. Buddhism has, however, developed some useful contemplation techniques which, in my experience, are helpful in increasing well being, compassion, and self knowledge (practical knowledge, not the weird spiritual kind). And in the context of the article linked above, I hope researchers go about it in a more mindful way than they presently are.
The moment you seek happiness for its own sake is the moment you obscure your ability to be happy.
One consensus among Chinese scholars is that a person believe in Buddhism will be noticeably less enterprising and more inclined to be detached from the physical world, thus making his or her life less impactive. You’ll have to send yourself to temple and abandon the secular life all together (the pure Buddhist way) in order to practice these principles. However, I would like to add some further comment without insinuating in any way that Eric would agree with me. Moreover, all your comments under the heading “Where Buddhism falls short” which attempt to distinguish your arguments from Buddhism are actually at the very heart of Buddhism and any Buddhist would agree with those comments wholeheartedly (perhaps you are closer to being a buddhist than you think). Having read many of your articles on mindfulness, to me, you appear to be a scientist who can see the benefits of mindfulness but have a problem with it deriving from Buddhism. For someone to state without any support that :“it’s no secret that Buddhism is one of the main reason why China gradually fall behind the western world in the last few centuries”.
Although it has taken time, I now experience the four noble truths and live as close as possible to the Buddha’s teachings. A life in which you subconciuosly crave for the next material object as a percieved antidote to your percieved emotional insecurties – grasping onto the notion that everything you desire is permemnant is devaluing- ask yourself – are your desires ever fulfilled or do you move onto the next desire then the next desire and so on? I am sure Hitler had desire, expectation and felt he could anticipate the future – however, these are meaningless or even dangerous without an understanding of the motivation behind them in our own mind and the application of right motivation.
Most Asian Buddhists I know (and all the Thai Buddhists I know) don’t think they will reach enlightenment in this lifetime. If the Chinese had been able to rid Western interference in their national affairs, then they would have not fallen behind the West. Supression would be promoting ignorance of the emotional states and simply ignoring them (which we know to be unhealthy). Unconstructive criticism, personal attacks, and requests for personal advice likely will not be published. If he told the passengers, they would panic and become killers themselves, as happened on a Southwest Airlines flight in 2000. After all, he is a Buddhist and the manifestation of Avalokitesvara, the deity of compassion.
The Nobel laureate made the news again, calling the killing understandable, but this time he equated the death with the hanging of Saddam Hussein, expressed sadness at the killing, and re-emphasised his commitment to nonviolence. The body as a material phenomenon has its limitations, as a living organism has its impulses, desires, passions, and moods; and there is nothing evil or wicked in it. In synapses where the Shank 3 gene is turned off, there is a distinct lack of dendritic spines that help the neurons communicate. Remember the first noble truth: human nature is not perfect and neither is the world we live in, so suffering is necessarily an integral part of life. It’s all about leading a balanced life or what Buddhist call the middle way without excessive craving or aversion (both of these lead to suffering). I know that for me it allowed me to revisit painful memories which had not been processed properly, and the results were nothing but positive.

I know that certain forms of meditation (transcendental meditation being an example) can be downright dangerous, and lead to serious mental health issues.
There is no scientific or religious method of changing this, and the moment you hear anyone tell you otherwise a red flag should pop up.
So if anyone, including scientists, are still living a normal life, I wouldn’t worry about them enjoying secular desires like getting married, earning more money, or eating meals.
However, despite this, you seem intent on rubbishing and even disrespecting the teachings of the Buddha – why is this?
First, I am not sure why China has crept into another blog on your website and , secondly, has China’s poverty had nothing to do with it being, until recently, a wholly suppressive communist regime which has shown no care for the poverty of its own people?
If they hadn’t been we would probably be here talking about the Christian practice of mindfulness being integrated into our therapies. I am married with a daughter and I have university degrees in Electronic Engineering and Optoelectronics, a Masters in Material Science and I am a practicing Lawyer and I even eat meals. I won’t be responding to any of your further comments unless you have something constructive to contribute. They do have the very strong belief that by following the Dhamma in this lifetime, when they are reborn, they will be one step closer to reaching enlightenment in the next lifetime, and eventually, obtain release (mokha). I think it makes us sensitive to our emotions to the point where we see them arise, and we know better not to act on them (e.g. I read up on the path because I want to be happy and to remove the defilement of the mind (which can be done!). The apparent inconsistency here is with idealistic western fantasies of pacifist Buddhism, not with Buddhism itself. But Buddhist values are not simply pacifist, and Buddhist scripture and legend inform us that Avalokitesvara readily takes a warrior's form when needed and supports the warfare of righteous kings. But the ultimate source is Euro-Americans themselves, weary of a century of warfare and longing for a pacifist Shangri-La.
They also emphasise the great psychic danger to those who act violently, something we see in the large number of suicides among youth sent to these wars. In mice, by turning the gene back on, they have been able to reverse many of the behavior symptoms of autism. As a result, the mice began becoming more social and got away from their repetitive behaviors. In Feng’s testing, when the Shank3 gene was activated, the number of dendritic spines present in the neurons increased.
The western world may be thriving in something but it certainly isn’t thriving in happiness and compassion .
It can be done with the right motivation and although sometimes hard it is extremely liberating when we begin to free ourselves from the negative thought patterns which continuously dictate our emotions and actions.
I can assure you that my motivations are absolutely genuine and having a good debate is what stretches our preconceived ideas – or are your ideas fixed permenantly in your mind?
Basically speaking, the 2nd noble truth says that clinging onto the notion that everything is permenant will bring suffering (i.e. Captain Compassionate saved the passengers not only from murder, but from becoming murderers themselves.
He was influenced by Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer whose pacifism was rooted in Thoreau's Civil Disobedience.
Buddhist cultural values were never so simplistic and practically served rajas, khans, and daimyo for millennia. Guoping Feng, a professor at MIT, says: “This suggests that even in the adult brain we have profound plasticity to some degree. What’s even more impressive than the behavioral changes was a fundamental change at the cellular level.
Become emotionally resilient and so committed to their life goals and values — that they change the world just by breathing. Furthermore, I am not aware of any Christian teachings which encourage people to seek their “desires” – especially those desires encouraged in the western world which are usually hedonistic in nature.
We take his values as those of a typical Buddhist or a typical dalai lama, and he is neither. His nonviolent approach is exceptional for a Buddhist political leader and integrates Indian and western concepts of nonviolent struggle. The main reason Buddhists' history does not match our expectations, aside from them being as human as the rest of us, is that our expectations have been mistaken.
This article is about a medical breakthrough that could be the end of autism as we know it.
Western bankers sought their desires and have caused immeasurable suffering throughout the world. You do not have to send yourself to a temple you just have to make an effort to be motivated ot improve your mind for the benefit of yourself and all other sentient beings.
Therefore, all I’m suggesting is that in order to understand mindfulness properly we need to practice mindfulness and understand it from the authentic source. All these things are inherent in it, and unless we demand that the tree grow as the fish, as a Japanese saying goes, it is altogether irrational to wish our bodily existence to be free from all its constitutional wants.
I can assure everyone that , although I am a Buddhist, I am not a threat to world peace, I will not bring poverty to the west or to China – I just want bring contentment and happiness into my life and the life of others and this can be achieved through mindfulness taught by a properly trained mindfulness teacher. I understand if you have an aversion to Buddhism, but it does not mean you have to become a buddhist – it merely means that you have reaserched your subject properly.
It can also be argued that they encourage communists to contemptuously dismiss western support for Tibet and obstruct Buddhists from engaging their values. Therefore, Buddhism teaches us not to curb them and torture the body but to regulate them and prevent their going to self-destruction through wantonness.
You seem to think you can publically post and support comments which encourage Buddha bashing whilst at the same time present arguments on mindfulness which are exactly those taught by the Buddha 2500 years ago and claim them as your own.
In particular, it is not you who has discovered that people who pratice mindfulness should be careful not to dissociate or supress their emotions – the Buddha taught that and it is one of the fundemental things taught by a proper mindfulness teacher.

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