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Top researchers collaborating to study meditation

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15 February 2015

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Maharishi University of Management faculty researcher Dr Fred Travis and 20 top meditation researchers from around the USA have now held a series of three meetings at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the famed Esalen Institute, with the goal of exploring the future of meditation research, and to look into the similarities and differences among the various approaches to meditation.

The other researchers are very respectful of the research on the Transcendental Meditation technique, said Dr Travis, who is Dean of the Graduate School and Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at MUM. After deciding in the first meeting on an angle for collaborative research, in the second 'they were very candid and asked pointed questions, such as whether the TM technique is really effortless and whether pure consciousness is really the experience of awareness without an object of awareness.'

With some 700 responses so far to a survey they generated in the third meeting, the researchers are finding that the transcendent has been experienced across traditions, suggesting that it's an important area of research that needs careful scientific investigation.

Since Dr. Travis is the only researcher in the group with publications that have studied the neurophysiology of transcending, and since the Transcendental Meditation technique is unique in its ability to systematically allow practitioners to transcend, the researchers look to him to help them understand this facet of meditation.

Read about research on Transcendental Meditation.

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