On August 5th, over 30 participants from various professions gathered at Fo Guang Shan San Bao Temple to attend the talk “Meditation is not magic: what neuroscience can tell us about meditation.” by Winson Yang, a member of San Francisco YAD. The talk is the first public lecture organized by SFYAD and given by a fellow member.
Winson has been studying neuroscience for 4 years and is beginning his PhD specializing in Neuroscience and Mediation at Texas Tech University. He has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over 20 years. Through the talk, he shared the neuroscientific evidences that are supporting the benefits of meditation, covering research studies that investigate brain activities of experienced meditators, beginners and non-meditators, and also children. He utilized a great variety of storytelling medias to deliver the complex studies; including interactive exercises, graphs, diagrams and videos.
The findings overwhelmingly reported positive effects of meditation; including increase in focus, alertness and awareness; higher positive affects and motivation to help others through compassion instead of empathy. He showed studies that demonstrated toddlers’ natural inclination towards pro-social behaviors, and that meditation can help us reflect and rediscover our natural inclination to bring compassion to others. One key message that Winson would like his audience to take away: Meditation is not magic, it works! And it’s never too late to meditate. The audiences were deeply intrigued by the talk and had an active discussion over Q&A on other studies and how to start meditating.
Check out his talk in the video below!
SFYAD will be hosting another talk by Winson Yang on the coming Sunday, August 12th 2018, where he will be giving a Chinese talk to further discuss on the overlaps between Neuroscience and Buddhist Concepts. English translation will be available for the talk.
Sign up for the next talk here: https://www.sfyad.org/events/understand-buddhism-through-neuroscience-nao-shen-jing-xue-yu-fu-jiao-de-gai-nian