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The Neural Basis of the Complex Mental Task of Meditation: Neurotransmitter and Neurochemical Considerations
Meditation is a complex mental process involving changes in cognition, sensory perception, affect, hormones, and autonomic activity. Meditation has also become widely used in psychological and medical...
DNA lab welcomes Dalai Lama to Tibetan science community
This short news clip in the journal Nature reports on Dalai Lama's visit to the Whitehead Institute in 2003. His visit was, in part, a continuation of his numnerous interaction with Western sci...
How Buddhism influences pain control choices
The beliefs many Buddhists hold about pain and death may cause them to refuse pain medication for a terminal illness. Nurses can explain options that will not effect the patient's alertness for facing...
Euthanasia : Buddhist principles
Religions provide various forms of motivation for moral action. This chapter takes Buddhism as an example from within the Indian 'family' of religions and seeks to identify the doctrinal and cultural ...
Loving kindness : the essential Buddhist contribution to primary care
Loving kindness (metta), a traditional Buddhist concept, implies acting with compassion toward all sentient beings, with an awareness and appreciation of the natural world. The giving of metta,...
Posting five precepts : a Buddhist perspective on ethics in health care
This article provides an introduction to the five Buddhist precepts- abstention from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, and taking intoxicants- and discusses their relation to the field of B...
Hospice with a Zen twist : a talk with Zen hospice founder Frank Ostaseski. interview by Steve Heilig
Although housed in an anonymous Victorian house in San Francisco, California, the Zen Hospice Project (ZHP) is world renowned for its pioneering model of training hospice volunteers, providing direct ...
Re-thinking nursing science through the understanding of Buddhism
Western thought has dominated scientific development for a long time, and nursing has not escaped the influence of such ideology. Nurse scholars, in an attempt to fit the dominant scientific ideology,...
Zazen and cardiac variability
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the effects of "tanden breathing" by Zen practitioners on cardiac variability. Tanden breathing involves slow breathing into the lower abdomen. METHODS: Eleven Zen pract...
Mindfulness-based stress reduction in relation to quality of life, mood, symptoms of stress and levels of cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) and melatonin in breast and prostate cancer outpatients
This medical study looked at the effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MSBR) on the mood, quality of life, levels of stress and cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate (DHEAS) and melatonin ...
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