MSNBC reports on the connection between meditation and increased empathy, benevolence

A story by MSNBC’s Clara Moskowitz today, intriguingly titled “Neuroscience may explain the Dalai Lama,” tells us that “Meditation may increase a person’s ability to feel empathy and benevolence for others, according to a study published March 26 in the journal PLoS ONE.” The study was conducted by Richie Davidson, Antoine Lutz, and the rest of the team at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin; this team and the work of the CIHM are the subject of one of the cover features from our current, March 2012 magazine. (Click here to sample that article, entitled “Taking the Measure of Mind.”)

For the full MSNBC article, click here. And for more about the connection between Buddhist meditation and science, visit our new special Spotlight page.

By the way, Davidson appeared on The Diane Rehm Show today, to talk about his book, The Emotional Life of Your Brain. (More on that book, here.) Click here for more info on that radio appearance. Sample quotes from Richie, from the show: “I do meditate every day.” “I couldn’t do what I’m doing without it.”