Jeff Warren, who recently had an article in the New York Times about his quest for Stream Entry, which is the first stage of enlightenment in Buddhism (I call it “entry-level awakening”) has a truly fascinating column in Psychology Tomorrow magazine on How Understanding the Process of Enlightenment Could Change Science.
The launching point for his column is a study conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. As Warren says, “The experiment was a collaboration between a young Harvard neuroscientist named David Vago and a Buddhist scholar and mindfulness meditation teacher named Shinzen Young.”
Here’s an extract, about what happened when some meditators were asked to let their mind … Read more »
A not-entirely-random selection of blog posts on meditation.
The amazing Buddhist Geeks have an interview with Karma Kagyu teacher, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.
He starts off by telling us about how he got into formal Buddhist practice, at the tender age of 9. He also shares some of his initial challenges with anxiety, and how he was able to work with it on his first 3-year retreat.
Robert Wright, author of The Moral Animal and, most recently, The Evolution of God, wrote about his experiments with meditation in a New York Times blog post that was much discussed in the blogosphere. We was just about to go on a meditation retreat at the Insight … Read more »