The Research Design Associates Blog

(Emory-Tibet Science Initiative)

Tibetan Ancient Wisdom Challenges Modern Science

As part of his October visit to Atlanta as an Emory University Presidential Distinguished Professor, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama participated in a panel discussion of research scientists who presented results of their studies exploring the effects of meditation on physical and mental health. Through the perspectives of evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and educational research, a compelling rationale for the integration of modern science and Buddhist tradition emerged. A summary of the research presented follows including some of the work of one of my Emory research teams.

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Quantum Theory Meets the Karmic Cycle

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama recently completed his third visit to Atlanta as an Emory University Presidential Distinguished Professor. The Dali Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, participated in events in October on the Emory campus and at the Gwinnett County Center that explored collaborations that draw from the best of Tibetan and Western traditions through science, religion, and mind/body medicine. At the turn of the century, the Dalai Lama challenged Western researchers to scientifically study contemplative traditions and since then Emory has been a leader in developing programs that draw on the strengths of Tibetan and Western traditions.

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