Clifford Saron on the Shamatha Project


“I think there are many curricula in this life and one of them is the education of the heart, the education of a sense of majesty of life and that sense is both within the Buddhist tradition and within science.”
Clifford Saron, Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis, talks about the Shamatha Project, a study that attempts to determine whether biological changes occur as a result of intensive meditation practice. Dr. Saron also speaks to questions regarding the compatibility of Buddhism and neuroscience.

This podcast was recorded during the 2013 Advanced Studies Institute (ASI) Conference on Mindfulness in Cultural Context. The 2014 ASI theme is “The Politics of Diversity: Pluralism, Multiculturalism and Mental Health”. For more information and to register, please visit the Division of Transcultural Psychiatry’s main site.

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