This episode of the excellent Sam Harris podcast features Daniel Goleman, author of “one of the best selling non-fiction books of the 90’s” “Emotional Intelligence”. Goleman has a new book out out on the latest findings of science with regard to meditation.
One of his key findings is that the brains of advanced meditators, monks and yogis, are actually constructed differently than those of regular people. More research is needed to actually find out how this happens.
Harris, despite being an ardent atheist, actually has a bit of a soft spot for Buddhism. He is also a long time practitioner of meditation, having spent long periods in silent retreat.
Check and this podcast and hear the cutting edge scientific research on meditation.