Zen/Science Studies?

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  • Dainin
    Member
    • Sep 2007
    • 353

    Zen/Science Studies?

    A friend asked me to inquiry if there are any "hard" science studies on the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of Zen practice, including what "enlightenment experiences" (i.e., kensho, satori) entail. She is not interested in anything by actual practitioners of Zen or Buddhism (e.g., a psychologist who is also a Zen practitioner or the Dalai Lama's work at MIT). She is only interested in studies by independent "completely objective" scientists outside of the practice.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks!
    Keith
  • Jun
    Member
    • Jun 2007
    • 236

    #2
    Re: Zen/Science Studies?

    You need to look for the studies of Dr Akira Kasamatsu and Dr Tomio Hirai of the Department of Neuro-Psychiatry, Tokyo University.

    Try these on for size..............

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 081841.htm

    http://www.enabling.org/ia/vipassana/Ar ... ience.html

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2725487.stm

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... Id=4770779

    http://www.crystalinks.com/medbrain.html

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/410003.stm

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4613759.stm

    Google away................
    Gassho
    Jun
    The life and teachings of Suzuki Shõsan Rõshi - http://kongoshin.blogspot.com/

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    • Dainin
      Member
      • Sep 2007
      • 353

      #3
      Re: Zen/Science Studies?

      Hi Jun,

      !Muchas gracias! A lot of interesting looking stuff. I'm looking forward to reading it in more depth later on today.

      Take care,
      Keith

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      • Jundo
        Treeleaf Founder and Priest
        • Apr 2006
        • 39078

        #4
        Re: Zen/Science Studies?

        Hi,

        This is the most complete list I have ever found on medical/physiological/neurological studies on the effects of meditation. It runs to several pages, although I am not sure if it has been updated (it may be only up to several years ago). The research is ongoing ... even as we sit.

        http://www.noetic.org/research/medbiblio/ch1.htm

        In fact, everyone at Treeleaf would benefit from scanning the several chapters presented.

        Gassho, Dr. Jundo
        ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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        • Dainin
          Member
          • Sep 2007
          • 353

          #5
          Re: Zen/Science Studies?

          Thank you, Dr. Jundo! My friend and I appreciate the link.

          Best,
          Keith

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