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How Meditation Changes the Brain

Are we capable of change? How do our body and mind transform through meditation? How does modern science support a Buddhist perspective?

In this informative video, Mingyur Rinpoche discusses the connection between modern scientific understandings of the body and the brain and the traditional Buddhist presentations of what is known as the “subtle body.” In particular, Rinpoche highlights how these two perspectives are resonant in many ways, especially in regard to how meditation can help support conscious change within the body, brain, and mind.

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Reflection Question

  • Mingyur Rinpoche uses an example of a horse and rider to illustrate the relationship between body and mind. In your own words, how would you describe this example? Does this analogy impact how you relate to your experience in any way?

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