Thursday, May 20, 2010

Meditation Changes Body Temperature

This is an older article, but it remains fascinating if you’ve never encountered it. For those of you familiar with Tibetan Buddhism, you’ve probably of Tummo, an advanced Vajrayana practice in which practitioners raise their body temperatures enough to dry wet sheets in freezing temperatures.

Herbert Benson and Sara Lazar at Harvard have actually studied and recorded this process. Buddhist monks were able to dry 3 x 6 foot sheets dipped in cold water in 40°F temperatures in an hour.

Read the full article in the 2002 Harvard Gazette.

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