Contemplative Neurosciences Research

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The Effects of meditation and contemplative practice on Pain

Fadel Zeidan and David Vago were recently guests on NPR affiliate in Charlotte, NC – WFAE 90.7 discussing the effects of meditation and contemplative practice on pain. Listen HERE. Charlotte Blogs about it HERE.

An interview with Jack Kornfield

Here is a link to an interview with Jack Kornfield on the topic of “mindfulness and psychotherapy”. On suffering, Jack states, “The suffering that is experienced by people is described in the Buddhist tradition as the first noble truth of the Buddha. The Buddha says that life entails a certain measure of suffering and no…
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Meditation ‘eases heart disease’

There was a piece in the BBC News today about research conducted at the Maharishi University in Iowa. Trancendental Meditation eases heart disease. Using a longitudinal design, researchers showed the meditation group had a 47% reduction in deaths, heart attacks and strokes. Click HERE for the link. here is a link to the maharishi talking…
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The Floating Feather Meditation Technique

The Floating Feather Meditation Technique – from the Dallas Yoga Examiner Sit up straight, whether you’re on the floor or in a chair. Relax your face and shoulders. Take a long, deep breath and fill your belly and chest with air. As you exhale, make a soft “ffffffffff” sound, extending the outbreath as long as…
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You can recognize a thriving plant. What is a model for a thriving human?

How do we cultivate a thriving human? Is is happiness? Material or Spiritual gain? Health? Can we all thrive as humans while death and disease remain throughout the world? As researchers, we know that the brain can be trained to dwell in a constructive range: contentment instead of craving, calm rather than agitation, compassion in…
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Tibetan Monks and Nuns Turn Their Minds Toward Science

The NY Times just published a story concerning the urging of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to involve Tibetan monks with Western Science. In a time where “mindfulness” is trendy everywhere, it is important to study the rigors of Buddhist science/epistomology of the mind and the benefits of long-term contemplative practitioners check it out HERE

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

I don’t know how many details I will be writing about, but I thought I could set the stage as I scramble this evening to make the “to-do lists” that I haven’t already, finish some loose ends on an NIH challenge grant, check the weather in Dharamsala, Delhi, and the phase of moon. Well here…
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Warrior Breath Workshops for PTSD – Yogic Breathing

Project Welcome Home Troops provides training in trauma-relief practices to veterans and their families. Sponsored by the International Association for Human Values, (IAHV), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, humanitarian organization. IAHV has created and delivered service programs to millions of people from all walks of life, benefiting a wide range of social, economic and educational needs. Providing…
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Matthieu Ricard: Habits of happiness (video)

Februrary, 2004 – Monterrey, CA – Matthieu talks about habits of Happiness [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1496997&w=425&h=350&] more about " Matthieu Ricard: Habits of happiness…", posted with vodpod Matthieu talks with ccare at Stanford University on Compassion:

John Kabat-Zinn: Mindfulness Stress Reduction And Healing

JKZ speaks to Google audience on MBSR and its benefits to society – March 8, 2007 [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1496984&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] more about "John Kabat-Zinn: Mindfulness Stress R…", posted with vodpod