The scientific study of meditation, mindfulness and Buddhism often serves as the initial spark that can ignite a lifetime of serious meditation practice. Pioneers like Jon Kabat-Zinn have secularized and made mindfulness practice widely available to people unfamiliar or uninterested in Buddhism. The number and variety of studies on meditation have increased exponentially in recent decades.
We urge those curious to explore the literature.
Here’s a few good books to start with:
Altered Traits by Daniel Goleman
The Embodied Mind by Evan Thompson, Eleanor Rosch, and Francisco Varela
Mindfulness and Psychotherapy by Germer, Siegel and Fulton.
Learning about the scientific support for Buddhist practice is a great motivator to beginning a serious examination of the ancient wisdom tradition.
The main areas of investigation are: anxiety, depression, binge eating, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, cancer-related stress, medical and psychological functioning among non-clinical populations, neuroplasticity, and brain area activity.