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At the Source: Finding Bliss in the Brain

At the Source: Finding Bliss in the Brain

Buddhists call it Nirvana. Literally translated to “blowing out,” it refers to the extinction of desire, aversion and delusion. Characterized by blissful egolessness 1, this particular state of mind (or rather, without-mind) has been obscure ever since a certain Siddhārtha Gautama attained it 2,500 years ago. Thankfully, there are people who experience this state effortlessly when misfiring in their brain gives rise to ecstatic seizures. Facilitated by neuroscience we can finally glimpse what being enlightened might look like.