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AUGUST 7, 2011 • ISSUE 132

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Professor Evan Finkelstein


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


Gautama Buddha

Professor Finkelstein Publishes Article on Buddhism and Meditation

MUM professor Dr. Evan Finkelstein recently published an article titled “The Buddha’s Meditation” in the online magazine Elephantjournal. The article examines different popular Buddhist meditation techniques and their relation to various Buddhist scriptures in the light of Maharishi Vedic ScienceSM. The article points out that the Transcendental Meditation® technique satisfies the requirement of an effective meditation mentioned in some of the Buddhist sutras because Transcendental Meditation makes effortless use of sound as a vehicle for transcending.

“Transcendental Meditation fulfills the highest goal of Buddhism — the achievement of full enlightenment — and does it in a completely effortless and natural way,” said Dr. Finkelstein. “This natural process of transcending to the state of Nirvana is written of in the Buddhist Shurangama Sutra.”

Professor Finkelstein, who received his PhD in Maharishi Vedic Science in 2005, has been teaching at MUM for 21 years. He teaches courses on Maharishi Vedic Science, religion, and ideal administration.

Encouraged by Maharishi, Dr. Finkelstein has been studying religious scriptures from the perspective of Maharishi Vedic Science for over 40 years. He has taught courses on universal principles that can be located in Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

One of his courses, “The Essence of Buddhism in Light of Maharishi Vedic Science,” will be available through MUM’s online distance education program in September. In this 5-lesson series, Dr. Finkelstein explores the central teachings of Buddhism from a wide range of Buddhist scriptures and compares them to Maharishi’s teachings. Included are in-depth discussions on the four noble truths, the eightfold path to awakening, emptiness, mindfulness, devotion, and the doctrine of no separate self.

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