“But the deeper, deeper, real controller of the brain is the mind.”~Dali Lama
The Wall Street Journal interviews the Dali Lama about meditation and science.
The Wall Street Journal: If science can prove the benefits of meditation on the brain, how would this advance our society?
Dali Lama: Now, scientists, they are seeking truth. Science is just a method to seek reality. So now, many scientists, especially medical scientists, many of them recognize peace of mind, calm mind is very important factor for good health, and also a preventive measure. Even illness. Full of enthusiasm or calm mind: much faster recovery. Medical science already knows. So, very very helpful. Unless you touch human emotions and mind, you can’t explain brain activities 100%. Impossible. So far, many scientists believe brain movement can explain emotion. Yes, to some extent, yes. But the deeper, deeper, real controller of the brain is the mind. That’s why now, a number of scientists already accepted meditation can change our brain. So mind is acting like the controller of brain activities. Of course, grosser level of emotion is very much related to brain. But subtle level of mind is more or less independent.
Check out the whole article by Barbara Chai http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/03/26/the-dalai-lama-on-how-meditation-can-change-your-life/