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Meditation and the Brain by By Curt Newton, MIT Technology Review, Feb , 2004
New imaging technology makes it possible for scientists to document the brain activity of Buddhist monks.

For example, Buddhists view mental attributes such as temperament as skills to be cultivated, while Western scientists generally believe that such traits are fixed in the brain at a young age. But modern neuroscience and the advent of new imaging technology have challenged scientists to think more broadly about how the brain functions. "This conference will explore how Buddhists and scientists can collaborate in research, to look at the advisability and wisdom of that research, and to plot strategies and methodologies," said Adam Engle, chairman of the Mind and Life Institute, before the event.
Meditation and the Brain by Curt Newton
New imaging technology makes it possible for scientists to document the brain activity of Buddhist monks.

Psychotherapist Uses Buddhist Principles to Heal Patients by Adam Phillips, VOA, Dec 3, 2003
San Francisco, Calif. (USA) -- The influence of Buddhism seems to be growing in America, to judge from the stadium-sized crowds who come to hear the Dalai Lama, and the well-attended meditation classes being held in community centers across the country. Buddhist principles are even turning up in new, hybrid forms of psychotherapy.

Meditation May Boost Immune System by Natural Life Magazine May/Jun 2003
Previous studies have shown that meditation helps reduce anxiety and stress. However, a study conducted by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the first to suggest that it may also have positive biological effects on the body's ability to fight infection and disease.

The Benefits of Meditation by Colin Allen, Eugene Taylor, Psychology Today Magazine
The brain waves of meditators show why they're healthier. Neuroscientists have found that meditators shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex—brain waves in the stress-prone right frontal cortex move to the calmer left frontal cortex. In other words, they were calmer and happier than before.

Meditation Improves Your Attention by By Joseph Mercola,01/3/2006, Health Guidance, www.mercola.com
Buddhist monks have claimed for centuries that meditation helps increase attention and concentration. New findings offer support for this notion.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School examined Westerners who meditated for about 20 minutes every day, but didn't necessarily believe in the tenets of Buddhism. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) was used to look at brain parts involved in memory and attention. The thickness of those regions had increased.
Meditation mapped in monks by BBC, Sci/Tech , 1 March, 2002
Scientists investigating the effect of the meditative state on Buddhist monk's brains have found that portions of the organ previously active become quiet, whilst pacified areas become stimulated.

Meditation changes temperatures: Mind controls body in extreme experiments by William J. Cromie , Gazette Staff , HARVARD GAZETTE ARCHIVES
In a monastery in northern India, thinly clad Tibetan monks sat quietly in a room where the temperature was a chilly 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a yoga technique known as g Tum-mo, they entered a state of deep meditation. Other monks soaked 3-by-6-foot sheets in cold water (49 degrees) and placed them over the meditators' shoulders. For untrained people, such frigid wrappings would produce uncontrolled shivering.

Unconditional Friendliness by Tara Brach, from AWAKENING MIND, Insight Meditation Community of Washington, BNN February 6, 2002
Washington, D.C. -- We use the word “friend” so casually that we forget its true meaning, but friendliness is one of the main translations of the Pali word metta, or lovingkindness. The care and understanding of a friend is a well that drops into the very source of our being. If all religions and great ideologies disappeared and our one pursuit was friendship—unconditional friendliness with each other, our inner life, all nature—ah, what a world!

Prisoners benefit from meditation by BBC, Health, 10 July, 2001
A form of meditation is being successfully used to improve the behaviour and well-being of prison inmates, says a study.

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