Mindfulness meditation training changes brain structure in 8 weeks

Mass. General-led study shows changes over time in areas associated with awareness, empathy, stress Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. In a study that will appear in the January 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team […]

Can meditation change your brain? Contemplative neuroscientists believe it can – CNN Belief Blog – CNN.com Blogs

From CNN’s Dan Gilgoff: Can people strengthen the brain circuits associated with happiness and positive behavior,  just as we’re able to strengthen muscles with exercise? Richard Davidson, who for decades has practiced Buddhist-style meditation – a form of mental exercise, he says – insists that we can. And Davidson, who has been meditating since visiting India […]

The Compassion and Attention Longitudinal Meditation Study CALM

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qixeWLT3Ers&NR=1 A study is under way at Emory University testing the value of meditation in helping people cope with stress. The Compassion and Attention Longitudinal Meditation Study (CALM) will help scientists determine how people’s bodies, minds and hearts respond to stress and which specific meditation practices are better at turning down those responses.

Why Meditate?

What is Meditation? Meditation is a practice that makes it possible to cultivate and develop certain basic positive human qualities in the same way as other forms of training make it possible to play a musical instrument or acquire any other skill. Among several Asian words that translate as “meditation” in English are bhavana from […]

Interview with Sharon Salzberg – Upaya Newsletter

Born in New York City in 1952, Sharon Salzberg experienced a childhood involving considerable loss and turmoil. An early realization of the power of meditation to overcome personal suffering determined her life direction. Her teaching and writing now communicates that power to a worldwide audience of practitioners. Sharon first encountered Buddhism in 1969, in an […]

Interview with Matthieu Ricard – Upaya Newsletter

Meditate Yourself Better: Interview with Matthieu Ricard by Curtis Abraham The Buddhist monk and author of The Art of Meditation explains how meditation improves mind and body alike, and how altruism could transform economics. How did you become involved in the science of meditation? Ricard: The Dalai Lama often describes Buddhism as being, above all, […]

Adam Engle on Fearless QA

Mind & Life Institute co-founder and CEO talks to Alex Bogusky about MLI, mental fitness, and the past 20+ years experience with HH Dalai Lama. Watch live video from Fearless QA on Justin.tv

Mind and Life Summer Research Institute: Day 5

L1050435The scientific exploration resumed Friday, following a day of silence, including contemplative practices of mediation and walking mediation, along with meditation instruction and contemplative instructions from contemplatives Sharon Salzberg, Will Kabat-Zinn, Geshe Dorji Damdul and Tsoknyi Rinpoche.   The First Morning Session of Day 5 was Teacher-Student Interactions: The Role of Mindfulness, by Bridget Hamre, […]

ML XX – Day 2

Session 3 “What are the recent most important findings from economic research which help us to understand how cooperation, how decision-making and prosocial behavior work?” This is how Gert Scobel of 3sat opened the introduction to Session 3 on Day 2. Lord Richard Layard of the London School of Economics, after discussing different situations where […]

ML XX – Day 1

After watching a great first day, I have taken some notes to share with the rest of you out there – enjoy! Session 1 Introductory remarks by Adam Engle, CEO and co-founder of the Mind & Life Institute, kicked off ML XX: Altruism and Compassion in Economics Systems. Rektor Andreas Fischer – the President of […]