June 28, 2010

This Is Your Brain On Meditation: Mingyur Rinpoche Describes The Science Of Happiness (VIA Huffington Post)

VIA The Huffington Post

A hush fell over the room as Youngey Mingyur Rinpoche took the stage to begin his teaching. Rinpoche, the revered Tibetan Buddhist lama, teacher, and so-called "happiest man in the world" was commencing an Introduction to Awareness Meditation event, hosted by the New York Open Center. Nearly every seat in the large auditorium was occupied.

"How many of you have learned meditation before?" he asked the crowd, solemnly. Many of the audience members raised their hands. "Oh, great. Then I don't have to teach you!" he quipped, tilting his head back to chuckle. Though Rinpoche's joking demeanor makes him a popular teacher, he is serious when it comes to meditation practices.

Rinpoche's teaching is informed by contemporary scientific research. He considers himself to be, as he put it, "a short red guinea pig" -- a test subject for some of the most cutting edge neurological theories, and a firm supporter of the ongoing dialogue between science and Buddhism. (continued...)

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Youngey Mingyur Rinpoche, photo via The Huffington Post

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Dr. Marc Handelman's picture

This is a fascinating article and brings into focus the unity between mind and body. It is not only interesting in terms of meditation but also in terms of neuro-chemistry, psychopharmacology, and psychotherapy.