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Title: EEG alpha blocking correlated with perception of inner light during Zen meditation
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: P. C. Lo
M. L. Huang
K. M. Chang

Description: According to the experimental results and practitioners' subjective experience, we report some hypotheses that may account for meditative phenomena during the practice of Zen-Buddhism. Orthodox Zen-Buddhist practitioners, aiming to prove the most original true-self, discover and uncover the inner energy or light on the way towards their goal. Perception of the inner light can be comprehended as resonance. Uncovering the inner energy optimizes physiological and mental health. In the meditation experiment, a significant correlation was observed between perception of the inner light and electroencephalographic (EEG) alpha blockage. We further examined this phenomenon by recording the EEG from subjects during a blessing that the subjects did not know being given. During the blessing period, significant alpha blocking was observed in experimental subjects who had been practicing meditation for years in preparation for being in resonance with the inner light. This report provides a new insight into the debate that meditation benefits our health.

Publisher Place: Garden City, NY
Publisher: Institute for Advanced Research in Asian Science and Medicine
Normalized publisher place: Garden City, NY
Publisher country: United States
Publisher URL: http://www.wspc.com/
Published Date: 2003
URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S0192415X03001272
Subject: Meditation
Meditation research
Electroencephalography (EEG)
Brain function
Mental processes
Classification: Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Contemplative Practices -- Zen Meditation/Zazen
Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Zen/Ch’an Buddhism
Buddhism and Science -- Medicine -- International Medicine -- Psychosomatic Medicine
Cultural Coverage: China
United States
Temporal coverage: 21st century CE
Language: English
Interface Language: English
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Source URL: http://www.worldscinet.com/ajcm/ajcm.shtml
Source: The American Journal of Chinese Medicine
Source Type: Journal
Source Volume: 31
Source Number: 4
Source Page Numbers: 629-642
Start Date: 1979
Frequency of publication: More than four times a year
Submissions: Note to authors
ISBN/ISSN: 0192-415X
Location and access number: 14587885

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