Representing KTD monastery, Lama Zopa Borodin of Albany KTC joined Gaelle Desbordes, Ph.D., a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School, to discuss the latest neuroscience research about the effects of meditation practice on areas of the brain related to emotions and other mental responses.
Desbordes' research showed that there were physical changes in the brains of meditators who did either basic Shamatha or Loving-kindness meditation, in contrast to the absence of physical changes in the brains of the non-meditating control group. Reductions in depression and anxiety were some of the psychological results for the meditators in the experiment.
Before the panel discussion with Gaelle Desbordes, Lama Zopa led a large group of professors and students from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in three Shamatha meditation methods. At the panel discussion, Lama Zopa told the audience that he himself had been a guinea pig in a neuroscience experiment at NYU (New York University). Despite the electrodes on his head and the noisy chaos when he was inside the MRI scanner, he actually enjoyed his experience.
"The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out" Published on March 4th!
His Holiness Karmapa's new book is now available everywhere.
Based on a series of meetings between His Holiness and a group of American college students, the book covers a range of issues, all chosen by the students, and includes chapters on food justice, gender identities, conflict resolution, consumerism and greed.
In this book, the Gyalwang Karmapa takes a hard look at the urgent challenges facing his generation as a society, as a planet and as individuals. In the process, he encourages us all to rise to these challenges, using a resource we already have in abundance-the basic nobility of our human heart. The book is nothing short of a call to action, outlining His Holiness' vision for bringing transformative social action into daily life.
To read excerpts from the book, visit www.theheartisnoble.com or step into a local Barnes and Noble, where the book is being featured on the New Arrivals tables this month.
How You can Help: After you read the book, please enter a review on amazon.com!