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Researchers Crown Buddhist Monk the World's Happiest Man 348

concealment writes in with a story about a man who has been crowned the world's happiest. "Tibetan monk and molecular geneticist Matthieu Ricard is the happiest man in the world according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin. The 66-year-old's brain produces a level of gamma waves — those linked to consciousness, attention, learning and memory — never before reported in neuroscience. The scans showed that when meditating on compassion, Ricard's brain produces a level of gamma waves — those linked to consciousness, attention, learning and memory — 'never reported before in the neuroscience literature,' Davidson said. The scans also showed excessive activity in his brain's left pre-frontal cortex compared to its right counterpart, giving him an abnormally large capacity for happiness and a reduced propensity towards negativity, researchers believe."
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Researchers Crown Buddhist Monk the World's Happiest Man

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  • by SplatMan_DK ( 1035528 ) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @06:06AM (#41840053) Homepage Journal

    lol. you don't seem to know jack shit about buddhism. fix that.

    lol.... mysticism...

    There seems to be a lot of that going around ...

    A widely accepted definition of Mysticism is:

    Mysticism []; from the Greek , mystikos, meaning 'an initiate') is the knowledge of, and especially the personal experience of, states of consciousness, or levels of being, or aspects of reality, beyond normal human perception, sometimes including experience of and communion with a supreme being.

    Buddhism fits the definition of Mysticism in that it:

    • - deals with aspects of reality "beyond normal human perception"
    • - is based on ancient scripture
    • - is acknowledged as a Relegion []
    • - implements much of its teachings and/or achievements through rituals []
    • - does not offer scientific proof for any claims presented
    • - expects its practitioners to rely on faith whenever a conflict or unexplained issue arises []

    While you may personally believe that Buddhism is not in the category of "Mysticism" facts at hand (and the language involved) seem to suggest otherwise

    - Jesper

  • Re:Why be happy? (Score:3, Informative)

    by alasdairgf ( 1602433 ) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @07:19AM (#41840399)
    The psychological research on this is pretty clear (sorry no refs to hand). Below a threshold of income, happiness & material wealth are pretty tightly correlated. Above that threshold, however, the correlation drops rapidly to zero. What that threshold is is open to question - I believe some posit that the threshold is at subsistence level, others maintain its higher, perhaps higher even than median income levels. And of course, Matthieu Ricard, while he is provided with clothing & food, as a monk probably has no income or possessions (other than, traditionally, robes, begging bowls & a few ritual items).
  • Re:Just like Hulk... (Score:5, Informative)

    by phyrz ( 669413 ) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @08:03AM (#41840609)

Bell Labs Unix -- Reach out and grep someone.