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 […]

Mind and Life XXII: Session 5

Delhi Session 5 5The final session of Mind and Life XXII was moderated by Viji Ravindranath, who recapped much of the previous discussion.  She went on to praise His Holiness for the efforts and vision needed to put this dialogue together.  She lastly recognized the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute and the networking and collaboration it produces […]

Mind and Life XXII – Sessions 2, 3, and 4

Delhi Blog 1Session 2 served as a review for the current state of Contemplative Science, recent findings, and its collaborations with mainly Buddhist practices.  Richard Davidson of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds described experiments where adept practitioners alternated between a neutral state and one of compassion inside an fMRI to highlight which areas of the brain […]

Mind and Life XXII: Session 1

delhi session111The Scientific Effects of Contemplative Practices on Human Biology and Behaviour, kicked off with a welcome from co-founder and CEO Adam Engle, who talked of the history of the Mind & Life Institute.  Viji Ravindranath, chair of the Centre of Neuroscience in Bangalore and one of the MLXXII planning members, described this conference as an […]

Mind and Life XXII: Preparations for a rich dialogue

delhi-premeeting01Luminaries from varied backgrounds came together today in New Delhi in advance of Mind and Life XXII: The Effects of Contemplative Practice on Human Biology and Behaviour. This conference should prove groundbreaking, even for Mind and Life, due to the range of rich traditions in dialogue.  As always, there will be neuroscientists, philosophers, and Buddhist […]

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, […]