Julie Caouette is a social psychologist who’s attending my current mindful reflection workshop, and she’s begun an interesting discussion of meditation as studied in the scientific community. She found 231 published studies since 2008. Before that there are another 3,309! The most recent list, with abstracts, is here, for anyone who’d like to peruse them. She also just pointed me to the study of terror management.
This all has lots to do with the things we discuss in the Quiet Mind, so if you’re scientifically inclined, why not take a look? As the Dalai Lama has said, there are three important points of contact between Buddhism and science; both:
1) depend heavily on empirical method,
2) accept a-priori that the universe operates through cause and effect
3) maintain a deep distrust of absolutes.