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New research into what happens as we die

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New research into the dying brain suggests the line between life and death may be less distinct than previously thought ...

In the 1970s, a small network of cardiologists, psychiatrists, medical sociologists and social psychologists in North America and Europe began investigating whether near-death experiences proved that dying is not the end of being, and that consciousness can exist independently of the brain. The field of near-death studies was born.

Over the next 30 years, researchers collected thousands of case reports of people who had had near-death experiences. Meanwhile, new technologies and techniques were helping doctors revive more and more people who, in earlier periods of history, would have almost certainly been permanently deceased. “We are now at the point where we have both the tools and the means to scientifically answer the age-old question: What happens when we die?” wrote Sam Parnia, an accomplished resuscitation specialist and one of the world’s leading experts on near-death experiences, in 2006. ...
Interesting but far too long to summarise.
:reading: https://www.theguardian.com/society/202 ... experience

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Thanks for posting this link. The article was very interesting to me, and well written. Developments in the study of consciousness during death as well as life, especially from a scientific p.o.v., are worth keeping in touch with.
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I thought that the long 'transitional' period of consciousness they have documented was particularly interesting to us as Buddhists, since it tends to support the possibility of 'conscious dying' - going into death with full awareness, or while in meditation.

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As I age, and on behalf of others, I hope that might be true.
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That’s roughly 800 million
. Then it could be time to listen to those with NDE, since the experience shows very clearly consciousness is not locked in a meaty substance at all. Because there is consciousness what can look from a distance to the body, without identification with that body. And all what happens around can be seen/heard. While consciousness is not limited at a place.
This invites to follow a liberating tradition.

Thank you for the article, Kim.
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Either we're aware and present, or we're not. There is no half way. Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo.
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reiun wrote: Wed Apr 10, 2024 12:10 am As I age, and on behalf of others, I hope that might be true.
There is scientific investigation necessary if not it remains simple a belief or a disbelief about by the idea of self.
Since we are here on a so called Buddhist forum, here Yongey Mingiur Rinpoche, who may give you that hope that could be true. As well it is said the Bardo is for followers of the Buddha an opportunity to recognize identity-less nature when it could not in "lifetime".

See from 3 and a bit more or of course the whole video.
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Meditation-induced NDEs
A three-year longitudinal study has revealed that some Buddhist meditation practitioners are able to willfully induce near-death experiences at a pre-planned point in time. Unlike traditional NDEs, participants were consciously aware of experiencing the meditation-induced NDE and retained control over its content and duration. The Dalai Lama has also asserted that experienced meditators can deliberately induce the NDE state during meditation, being able to recognize and sustain it.
Look inside and clinging fades.
The idea that there's somewhere we have got to get to, and something we have to attain, is our basic delusion.
Either we're aware and present, or we're not. There is no half way. Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo.
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