Studies of Advanced Stages of Meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist and Vedic Traditions

I: A Comparison of General Changes
Alex Hankey
Publish Place: 
Kent TN8 7DZ, UK
Publish Year: 
July 31, 2006

This article is the first of two comparing findings of studies of advanced practitioners of Tibetan Buddhist meditation in remote regions of the Himalayas, with established results on long-term practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation programs. Many parallel levels of improvement were found, in sensory acuity, perceptual style and cognitive function, indicating stabilization of aspects of attentional awareness. Together with observed increases in EEG coherence and aspects of brain function, such changes are consistent with growth towards a state of total brain functioning, i.e. development of full mental potential.