The authors explain how scientific research on Buddhist meditators shows that mental training can induce short-term and long-term neural changes.
This study investigates the effects of two type of meditation - open presence and focused - on a meditator's defensive response to a startle stimulus during the meditation.
This paper presents a Buddhist perspective on the achievement of durable happiness and the nature of afflictive and nonafflictive emotions.
Based on the theoretical model set down by Michaël Dambrun and Matthieu Ricard on the distinction between self-centeredness and selflessness, this study proposes findings on how a self-centered psychological functioning only produces fluctuating happiness while a selfless functioning leads to durable happiness.
In this paper, Michaël Dambrun and Matthieu Ricard explore a theoretical model according to which authentic-durable happiness is linked to a selfless psychological functioning.
A series of articles presenting scientific conclusions about subjects such as positive psychology, altruism, and happiness. This series includes an article by Michaël Dambrun and Matthieu Ricard on transcendence of the self and happiness.
In this article, Michaël Dambrun and Matthieu Ricard test the hypothesis that decentering the self would produce emotional benefits and promote genuine and lasting happiness.
Even if you are extremely beautiful, you cannot seduce death. If you are very powerful, you cannot hope to influence death. Even being incredibly wealthy cannot buy a few minutes more life. At present we cannot bear the small discomfort caused by a prickly thorn or the heat of the sun. What about the anguish we have to face at the time of death...
The Buddha is not venerated because devotees see him as a God and worship him, but rather because he's the ultimate teacher, the embodiment of enlightenment. The Sanskrit word Buddha means ‟the awakened one,” he who has realized the truth. In Tibetan, the word by which it's translated, Sang-gyé, has two syllables, sang meaning that he has ‟diss...
First of all, it's important to understand that what's called reincarnation in Buddhism has nothing to do with the transmigration of some ‟entity” like an autonomous "self". It's not a process of metempsychosis. As long as one thinks in terms of entities rather than function and continuity of experience, it's impossible to understand the Buddhi...