Neuroscience Learns What Buddhism Has Known For Ages: There is No Constant Self


Evan Thomson, a researcher from the University of British Colombia, has confirmed that the Buddhist teaching of a constantly changing self is accurate.



Buddhist philosophy notes that change is the only constant - meaning there is no stable self.




And neuroscience agrees - the brain and body are in action constantly, flowing, thereby proving the stable self isn't real.

Evan Thompson, a philosophy of mind professor at the University of British Columbia, says:

And from a neuroscience perspective, the brain and body is constantly in flux. There’s nothing that corresponds to the sense that there’s an unchanging self.

Neuroplasticity, a concept coined by neuroscientists, states that our brain is malleable and able to change. This means you can change your brain in many aspects, opening up your possibilities for growth.

In other words? The possibilities to change are endless.

Instead, life is about change and growth. Buddha puts it best:

Nothing is permanent. Everything is subject to change. Being is always becoming.

Buddhist Monks have long said that the universe and ourselves are constantly changing. By training our mind, they say we can elevate our awareness and control.

This is also why they talk about the practice of non-attachment. If we attach ourselves to something, we are desiring for it to be stable, which directly goes against the forces of the universe.

Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron says:

Impermanence is a principle of harmony. When we don’t struggle against it, we are in harmony with reality.

Always moving forward is something both Buddhism and neuroscience can agree on - as can we all!





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