Meditation and the brain

I can’t think of many religious leaders who are as friendly toward science as the Dalai Lama (and I admire him for that, among other things). With his support, Tibetan Buddhist monks with considerable meditation experience were studied by neuroscientists. The researchers looked at a phenomenon called perceptual rivalry, in which each eye is presented with a different image and the dominant image that the subject perceives typically fluctuates rapidly between the two. When the monks practiced a form of meditation that involved focusing their attention on a single thing, their rates of fluctuation slowed, sometimes dramatically. The mechanisms behind perceptual rivalry, although they are not completely understood, are thought to be linked to attention and conscious awareness.

http://www.rxpgnews.com/research/neurosciences/article_1649.shtml