Program & Research Council member Matthieu Ricard
The first ever International Symposia for Contemplative Studies, coordinated and cosponsored by the Mind & Life Institute, was held recently in Denver (April 26-29, 2012).
This is a ground breaking conference which attracted more than 700 neuroscientists, educators, and contemplative scholars from around the world. Their mission : to share cutting-edge research on the nature and workings of the human mind, and to explore how a scientific understanding of the mind can address a wide range of issues, including health, education, and personal and social wellness.
I eagerly await further articles from the Symposium to be posted online .. but I did read today a really interesting piece "Three Insights about Compassion, Meditation, and the Brain" by Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas from Greater Good, the science of a meaningful life.
In particular this article provides some insight into three areas where researchers are clearly making some ground-breaking findings:
We can train our brains to be more compassionate
Scientists are starting to measure consciousness
Meditation can make you feel more connected to others
A great read if you are interested in finding out more about current cutting-edge research in the field .. and I hope to post more in due course.