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The Neurobiology of Self-transformation


Dr. David Vago




The Advances in Meditation Research (AMR) conference series was created to advance the growing interdisciplinary science exploring the neural correlates and associated psychological outcomes attendant to meditative practice in its many forms


Okay, so our next speaker, Dr. David vagal. He also helped organize this conference. And to him, I'm very grateful. He's a psychologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Welcome.

Well, thank you. It's really a privilege and honor to be here with all of you today. And thanks, Sonya and rail, also helping to coordinate the conference. I'm going to begin today to sort of weave a story that's been emerging with other speakers together as a contrast between two models for how we are thinking about cultivating mindfulness. So what you see on one side is a 2500 years old model for cultivating mindfulness, which is depicted here, in in Tibetan, Tonka painting. It's a beautiful depiction of the stages of shamatha, which I won't go into, but I highly recommend checking it out. And if you want, you can talk to me afterwards about it. And contrasting that with the more contemporary 25 years old approximate 25 years old model of Jon Kabat Zinn's adaptation of Buddhist techniques for general stress reduction.

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