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The Field Study of Long-Term Meditation Practitioners

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We all aspire to live well, but little is understood about how to die well. We’re studying an ancient meditation practiced by present-day expert Tibetan Buddhists and how such a practice might offer insight into the death process, both for the dying and for their support community.

People Working on This Study

Richard J. Davidson
Founder, Center for Healthy Minds & Healthy Minds Innovations, William James & Vilas Professor of Psychology & Psychiatry
John D. Dunne
Core Faculty at the Center for Healthy Minds, Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Humanities, Professor of Asian Languages & Cultures
Robin Goldman
Robin Goldman
Director of the Research Support Core, Center for Healthy Minds
Dan Fitch
Dan Fitch
Research Software Developer, Center for Healthy Minds
Tawni Tidwell Web
Tawni Tidwell
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Healthy Minds
Leslie Eisenberg
Senior Research Fellow, Center for Healthy Minds

Media Related to this Project

'Tukdam: Between Worlds' Film Review
Jan 13, 2023
A new film investigates tukdam, the Tibetan Buddhist phenomenon of postmortem meditation, and the subtle space between life and death.
The Thukdam Project
Jul 28, 2021
Center Founder and Director Richard Davidson and Postdoctoral Research Associate Tawni Tidwell discuss the Tukum research project, the first-ever scientific study of post-mortem meditation.
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