Thursday, April 1, 2010

Buddhism and Brain Research

Tonight I attended a very interesting Panel discussion on

Brain Research & Buddhism - How does Meditation function?
Panel Discussion with  Prof. Dr. Andreas K. Engel and Lama Ole Nydahl

This Panel discussion was the beginning of a few day event at the university in Bochum on Diamondway Buddhism in Europe.

With support of modern technology, brain activity may be closely observed  and it is possible to observe mind-activity from outside.  Buddhist meditation offers in opposition the detailed observation of mind from the inside.

In this panel discussion these two views were confronted. Prof. Andreas K. Engel, Director of the Institute for Neurophysiology, University Clinic in Hamburg renowned fort his work in the field of Awareness-Research and Lama Ole Nydahl, an  accredited western Lama, discussed awareness and coherency of Mind and Brain.

The second half of the evening was dedicated to influences of meditation on the brain. Newest studies show, that brain structure and –activity change sustainably under the influence of regular meditation. Exciting results of a study by Professor Engel, conducted with Lama Ole Nydahl as a subject, were presented and discussed.

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