Toward a Unified Field of Study: Longevity, Regeneration, and Protection of Health through Meditation and Related Practices

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Address for correspondence: William C. Bushell, Ph.D., Anthropology Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg. 16-267, Cambridge, MA 02139. wbushell@mit.edu

Abstract

The orientation of this volume and the Longevity and Optimal Health: Integrating Eastern and Western Perspectives conference is that there is abundant evidence in the scientific and medical literatures that the diligent practice of certain yoga-meditational regimens can lead to a spectrum of health enhancements, ranging from modest to profound, and that these can be investigated in a scientifically rigorous fashion. This overview will summarize these possibilities regarding improved human longevity, regeneration, and protection of health and serve to introduce the perspectives of conference participants from all of the traditions represented.

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