Researchers Measure Brain Activity of Monks During Monastic Debate
20/08/2017 16:51 (GMT+7)
A group of researchers from the Science for Monks project and Kent State University have been measuring the brain activity of Buddhist monks engaged in monastic debates. The research, which took place from 29 July–12 August at Sera Jey Monastic University in Bylakuppe, India, used electroencephalograph (EEG) technology to measure neural oscillation in the brain as the monks engaged in serious debates on topics ranging from emptiness to cosmology.
Building Bridges: Researching the Efficacy of Religious Buddhist Practice at the University of Hong Kong
09/08/2017 12:08 (GMT+7)
Recent years have seen a steady increase in scientific research into Buddhist beliefs and practices, in particular, research on mindfulness, which was pioneered more than 30 year ago, continues to attract mainstream attention. The large majority of this research, however, is conducted by Western researchers or Western Buddhists at universities in the West, and one starts to wonder whether the pursuit of finding scientific evidence for Buddhism’s religious claims is in fact a Western pursuit. It certainly ties in with the often-discussed observation of Tibetan masters who have taught in the West, that Western Buddhist are very good with knowledge, with trying to understand the teachings, but are somewhat lacking in the area of practice.

X-ray Scan Reveals 1,000-year-old Mummified Remains of Indian Buddhist Monk in China
22/07/2017 12:13 (GMT+7)
The mummified remains of a Buddhist monk who died some 1,000 years ago have been discovered inside a golden seated image at a Buddhist temple in the northern Chinese province of of Hebei. Remarkably well preserved, the remains reportedly include many intact bones and even a complete brain. The find was made in early July after the gilded figure, which has been stored at Ding Hui Temple, underwent an X-ray scan, revealing the hidden remains within.
Tibetan Buddhist Monk Offers Drug-free Medical Treatment in Northern India
17/05/2017 15:47 (GMT+7)
Yeshi Dhonden, a Tibetan monk who earned renown after working for some 20 years as personal physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, today continues draws visitors from the Tibetan diaspora and all over the world seeking alternative treatments for a variety of health conditions ranging from back pain to cancer and degenerative diseases. “If the sick come to me, I will take care of them,” says Dhonden from his private clinic in McLeod Ganj, a suburb of Dharamsala in the far northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. (France 24)

Buddhistdoor View: Mitigating and Managing Local and Global Ecological Crises
18/03/2017 21:30 (GMT+7)
With the exception of climate change deniers and those with a vested interest in rejecting any notion that the global ecology is under immense pressure from human activity, it should be evident that Earth is undergoing an environmental crisis. It is a crisis of multifaceted dimensions on a truly planetary scale, such as resource depletion, deforestation, climate change, and biodiversity loss.
Sacred Geometry and the Sri Yantra
14/03/2017 11:42 (GMT+7)
I remember once, as a child, accidentally spilling some sugar over the table and wondering to myself, “How come each grain has its place?” I mean, the sugar did not seem to scatter randomly . . . the grains were kind of symmetrically arranged. I stared at my little arms, gazing at the hair that grew out of my skin. Each hair had its place. For the first time, I felt that some kind of greater intelligence had placed the grains of sugar, just as it had placed the stars and planets in space.

Dharma In The Digital Age: Susan Piver
02/02/2017 21:34 (GMT+7)
“It’s not a thrill a minute. You’re not seeing auras and jumping into other dimensions,” says Susan Piver. “Meditation is not a life hack. . . . It’s a way to see clearly.”
Buddhistdoor View: The Dharma’s Place in the Global Climate Change Crisis
08/11/2016 10:27 (GMT+7)
The Earth recently reached a grim milestone. On 24 October, the World Meteorological Organization reported in its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin that a strong El Niño weather phenomenon, triggering droughts in tropical regions of the world, had led to a spike in atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) above 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in recorded history. Scientists estimate that the last time CO2 reached such concentrations was 3–5 million years ago. While human CO2 emissions remained relatively static in 2014–15, scientists point out that they remain a key factor in the overall increase, which was greater in the preceding 12 months than at any time in the past 56 years.

Buddhistdoor View: Science and Buddhism—Alliance and Friendship, Not Ideological Uniformity
08/10/2016 09:53 (GMT+7)
We do not like to think that humans are inherently cruel or violent. Even the suggestion that homo sapiens might, as a species, be inclined to violence sits uneasily with all but the most cynical misanthrope. Yet this is what a Spanish team of researchers from the Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas (EEZA) has suggested. According to the study published in the scientific journal Nature, the team discovered that 2 per cent of our primeval ancestors’ deaths were down to violent means, indicating that at some point in the distant past, humans became accomplished at killing each other for a multitude of reasons. Lethal violence, the researchers say, might be a fundamental part of humanity’s evolutionary history.
Latest Well-being Trend Sees Urbanites Seek to Reconnect with Nature
12/06/2016 15:09 (GMT+7)
The benefits of spending time in the Great Outdoors are no secret. Throughout history, great teachers, thinkers, and poets have extolled the virtues and benefits of communing with nature and maintaining a connection with the natural world. Aiming to combat the information and stress overload that all too often accompanies contemporary urban life, a new well-being movement known as “forest bathing” has become one of the fastest-growing health trends in many cities around the world.

Trauma and the Vagus Nerve: When Mindfulness is Not Enough
02/05/2016 11:38 (GMT+7)
While the far-reaching benefits of mindfulness meditation and related practices for improving mental and physical well-being are becoming more widely acknowledged among Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, what is perhaps not as well understood is that mindfulness alone can be ineffective and can even cause discomfort for the practitioner in cases of deep psychological or emotional trauma.
The Interconnected World of Trees
10/04/2016 17:07 (GMT+7)
No man is an island unto himself, poets, philosophers, and teachers down through the ages have emphasized, and the same, it would seem, can also be said of trees. It is now understood that roots of trees in the wild are interconnected by extensive and complex “common mycorrhizal networks” of fungi—what researchers sometimes refer to as the “wood wide web.”

Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing
28/03/2016 21:14 (GMT+7)
While you may not remember life as a toddler, you most likely believe that your selfhood then - your essential being - was intrinsically the same as it is today.
Neuroscience Research Supports Buddhist View of an Ever-changing Self
22/09/2015 17:06 (GMT+7)
The Buddhist understanding of the illusory nature of a constant, unchanging sense of self, first posited thousands of years ago, has been validated by recent neuro-scientific research. And while neuroscience cannot yet offer a definitive answer as to exactly how consciousness relates to the brain, some cognitive scientists have begun to reference Buddhist thought in their research.  

British Study to Track Effects of Meditation on 7,000 Teenagers
17/07/2015 18:24 (GMT+7)
Psychologists and neuroscientists from Oxford University and University College London (UCL) are planning an unprecedented trial of the influence of mindfulness meditation on mental health, The Guardian newspaper has reported.
Mindfulness meditation may improve decision making
13/02/2014 22:36 (GMT+7)
Feb 12 -- One 15-minute focused-breathing meditation may help people make smarter choices, according to new research from researchers at INSEAD and The Wharton School. The findings are published in the February issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Is meditation the new antidepressant? Mindfulness practice may be more effective than drugs for anxiety, depression
14/01/2014 23:04 (GMT+7)
January 13 - Oh, no. Incense. There’s a juice bar in the lobby and bhangra music playing, too. It feels like I’ve stepped into some kind of space warp. Outside, London. Inside … well, it’s hard to describe. Because, as I step further into the Light Centre, a “natural health” studio offering everything from acupuncture to yoga, it becomes clear that its clientele is as far from the yogurt-knitting crowd as it’s possible to get.
Is meditation the best medicine?
03/01/2014 11:32 (GMT+7)
January 03 - Millions of people in 'the developed world' visit therapists for all sorts of emotional and psychological problems they find difficulty in coping with by themselves. People who visit psychiatrists are usually very quickly diagnosed with some form of psychosis and treated with a mixture of cognitive therapies and antipsychotic medications. Various health insurance schemes around the world have greatly encouraged this growing practice.

No Form, Feelings, Perceptions, Mental Formations, Consciousness: A Buddhist Perspective on AI
03/01/2014 11:23 (GMT+7)
January 02 - It seems as though every day we grow closer to creating fully conscious and emergent artificial intelligences. As I’ve written about before, this poses a problem for many religions, especially those that ascribe a special place for humanity and for human consciousness in the cosmos. Buddhism stands out as an exception. Buddhism may be the one system of religious thought that not only accepts but will actively embrace any AIs that we produce as a species.
Tibetan monks meet in Dehradun for conference on science
15/11/2013 10:14 (GMT+7)
Nov 14 -- DHARAMSHALA: Around twenty-five Tibetan religious and educational leaders from various monastery and nunneries will be attending the ‘International Conference on Knowing - Cosmology and Consciousness II' at Songtsen Library in Dehradun from November 15 to 17.

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