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6 years ago  ::  Mar 27, 2008 - 5:47PM #1
RenGalskap
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I seem to be periodically finding science news items that relate to Buddhism in one way or another, so I'm starting a thread for them.

First up, yet another study of the effects of meditation on the brain. :)

Compassion Meditation Changes The Brain

On the web page, to the left of the article, there's a column of links to other articles about meditation research.
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6 years ago  ::  Mar 29, 2008 - 10:32AM #2
Windhorse
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I am anticipating more of these science links.  This last one on Compassion confirms my experience with the brahma viharas in that I sensed a shift over time.
I believe I can benefit from taking a look at brain-consciousness connection from the outside and I have retired from a medical background so that helps.
Thank you for the links.
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6 years ago  ::  Jul 25, 2008 - 12:24AM #3
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6 years ago  ::  Jul 25, 2008 - 3:27PM #4
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This "news" item is seven years old, but I though it was interesting evidence of Buddhist/Brahminical conflict early in the history of Buddhism.

Link -> Does Newly Excavated Buddhist Temple Provide A Missing Link?
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6 years ago  ::  Jul 27, 2008 - 10:41PM #5
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Buddhists in Afganistan invented oil painting?

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6 years ago  ::  Aug 06, 2008 - 1:18AM #6
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The names of Tapasu and Bhallika, the first two disciples of the Buddha, are inscribed on rocks found near a recently excavated stupa in India.
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6 years ago  ::  Aug 20, 2008 - 4:15PM #7
RenGalskap
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An article in Scientific American from last October:
link -> Searching for God in the Brain

The title is misleading (as most science headlines are). The article gives a layman's overview of neurological research on specific religious experiences associated with meditation. During the course of the research described, God was neither sought, nor found. :)
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6 years ago  ::  Aug 26, 2008 - 1:13PM #8
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Incense has no effect on lung cancer rates, but it is linked to cancer in the upper respiratory area.

link -> Burning Incense Increases Risk Of Respiratory Tract Cancers
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6 years ago  ::  Aug 26, 2008 - 1:13PM #9
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Incense has no effect on lung cancer rates, but it is linked to cancer in the upper respiratory area.

link -> Burning Incense Increases Risk Of Respiratory Tract Cancers
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6 years ago  ::  Aug 29, 2008 - 3:06PM #10
RenGalskap
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Archeologists found a head from a statue of the Buddha in Bamiyan, Afganistan. (Bamiyan is the town near the gigantic Buddha statues that were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.)

link -> French-Afghan team unearths Buddha`s head
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