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    Meditation Study


    Meditation has limited role in making you a better person, says study.


    For decades many people have claimed meditation can change how we behave towards others and make us more compassionate -- but new research suggests this is not the case.

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    February 5, 2018

    Source: Coventry University

    "For decades many people have claimed meditation can change how we behave towards others and make us more compassionate.

    But now new research has suggested meditation's role in making individuals better people is limited."

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    https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0205092902.htm

    Any thoughts about the study?

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    The study is reported here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-20299-z and is not new research as such, but a meta-analysis of existing research into secular meditation. It's premise was the claim that teaching 8 year-olds to meditate in a secular context in schools would cure the world of violence within a generation (attributed to the Dalai Lama). Unsurprisingly it found that existing research into secular meditation could not back up the claim about reducing violence. The finding was "meditating is likely to have a positive, but still relatively limited effect in making individuals feel or act in a substantially more socially connected, or less aggressive and prejudiced way." Well worth a read of the full report in the link.

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    Reading the report on the original study is interesting. Thank you philg for locating it.

    It's notable that, although the quotation attributed to the Dalai Lama is "If every eight-year-old in the world is taught meditation, the world will be without violence within one generation", the study itself excluded the effects upon children of teaching meditation. The study was concerned only with the outcome of teaching meditation to adults.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodscooter View Post
    Reading the report on the original study is interesting. Thank you philg for locating it.

    It's notable that, although the quotation attributed to the Dalai Lama is "If every eight-year-old in the world is taught meditation, the world will be without violence within one generation", the study itself excluded the effects upon children of teaching meditation. The study was concerned only with the outcome of teaching meditation to adults.
    Hi Woodscooter. I looked at lots of studies where meditation was taught to children when I was researching the teaching of mindfulness in a secular setting. The findings are positive, although mainly around the advantages to children of reduced stress and other general benefits of meditation, rather than anything specific. Reduced rumination in adolescents is the nearest I can get to the line taken in the Coventry study.

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    I imagine the Buddha put sila before samadhi because developing virtue probably does more for developing meditation than meditation does for virtue, at least in the beginning stages.

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    Yes, it's one of the problems of secular meditation, that practices taken out of context change to be something else, or at least have different consequences.

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