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from the New York Times, Jan. 28, 2011; by SINDYA N. BHANOO Over the December holidays, my husband went on a 10-day silent meditation retreat. Not my idea of fun, but he came back rejuvenated and energetic. He said the experience was so transformational that he has committed to meditating for two hours daily, one […]

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Soc Neurosci. 2010 Sep 9:1-12. Ives-Deliperi VL, Solms M, Meintjes EM. University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. “Mindfulness” is a capacity for heightened present-moment awareness that we all possess to a greater or lesser extent. Enhancing this capacity through training has been shown to alleviate stress and promote physical and mental well-being. As […]

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Check out the Fall 2010 edition of  Buddhadharma, The Practitioner’s Quarterly, on newsstands now. Two articles in it are particularly relevant to dharmadoctors: “Buddhism’s Pain Relief” page 34 and “Three Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Pain” page 39. There’s also an interesting Commentary by the Zen priest Darlene Cohen, “My Path with Arthritis” on […]

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J Altern Complement Med. 2010 May;16(5):597-9. Engström M, Söderfeldt B. Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden. maria.engstrom@liu.se OBJECTIVES: B.L. is a Tibetan Buddhist with many years of compassion meditation practice. During meditation B.L. uses a technique to generate a feeling of love and compassion while reciting a mantra. The aim […]

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Cogn Process. 2010 Feb;11(1):39-56. Epub 2009 Dec 16. Cahn BR, Delorme A, Polich J. Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA. rael@ucsd.edu Long-term Vipassana meditators sat in meditation vs. a control rest (mind-wandering) state for 21 min in a counterbalanced design with spontaneous EEG recorded. […]

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Brain Res Bull. 2010 Apr 29;82(1-2):46-56. Epub 2010 Mar 16. Manna A, Raffone A, Perrucci MG, Nardo D, Ferretti A, Tartaro A, Londei A, Del Gratta C, Belardinelli MO, Romani GL. ITAB, Institute for Advanced Biomedical Technologies, G. D’Annunzio University Foundation, Chieti, Italy. amanna@unich.it Meditation refers to a family of complex emotional and attentional regulatory […]

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Cogn Process. 2010 Feb;11(1):9-20 Tagini A, Raffone A. Department of Psychology, University of Milan-Bicocca, Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo, 1, 20126 Milan, Italy. angela.tagini@unimib.it The nature of the ‘self’ and self-referential awareness has been one of the most debated issues in philosophy, psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Understanding the neurocognitive bases of self-related representation and processing is also […]

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Cogn Process. 2010 Feb;11(1):1-7 Raffone A, Srinivasan N. Many recent behavioral and neuroscientific studies have revealed the importance of investigating meditation states and traits to achieve an increased understanding of cognitive and affective neuroplasticity, attention and self-awareness, as well as for their increasingly recognized clinical relevance. The investigation of states and traits related to meditation […]

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Psychoneuroendocrinology, 34, 87-98; Pace, T. W. W., Negi, L. T., Adame, D. D., Cole, S. P., Sivilli, T. I., Brown, T. D., Issa, M. J., & Raison, C.L. (2009). Meditation practices may impact physiological pathways that are modulated by stress and relevant to disease. While much attention has been paid to meditation practices that emphasize […]

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In the fall of 2005, the Dalai Lama gave the inaugural Dialogues between Neuroscience and Society lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, DC. There were over 30,000 neuroscientists registered for the meeting, and it seemed as if most of them attended the talk. The Dalai Lama’s address was designed […]

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