Zen Filter

Zen Buddhist websites, news, and discussion

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Scans of Monks' Brains Show Meditation Alters Structure, Functioning

"scientists have begun to wonder whether the brain can change in response to purely internal, mental signals. That's where the Buddhists come in. Their centuries-old tradition of meditation offers a real-life experiment in the power of those will-o'-the-wisps, thoughts, to alter the physical matter of the brain."

'Of all the concepts in modern neuroscience, it is neuroplasticity that has the greatest potential for meaningful interaction with Buddhism,' says neuroscientist Richard Davidson of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The Dalai Lama agreed, and he encouraged monks to donate (temporarily) their brains to science."

Cool article with links to more information.


Post a Comment

<< Home

Listed on BlogShares