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DocumentTaboo and belief in Tibetan psychic tradition2006

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2004
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 25/2004
Title:
2004 Grants
Start date: 2005-01 - 2012-09
Dimension/support:
25 caixas de arquivo

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2004-064
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 16/2004
Title:
064 - Degree of meditation attainment and comparison of type of meditation in relation to awareness of precognition targets
Duration: 2005-01 - 2008-04
Researcher(s):
Serena M. Roney-Dougal, Jerry Solfvin
Institution(s): Psi Research Centre, Glastonbury (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress reports
Final report
3 Articles
Conference paper
Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 70.4(885)
Language: eng
Author:
Roney-Dougal, S. M.
Secondary author(s):
Solfvin, J.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation / Extrasensory perception (ESP) / Precognition

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2004-064.04
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 16/2004
Title:
Taboo and belief in Tibetan psychic tradition
Publication year: 2006
URL:
http://www.spr.ac.uk/psedsite/JSPRabstracts.php3?year=2006#oct
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Every culture has its own world-view. Exploring a different culture can often shed light on our own belief systems and help us to see our own concepts. The Tibetan culture is renowned for its psychic practitioners, but there has been no scientific research into their practices. As a preliminary to experimental research with Tibetan monks, this paper presents a brief overview of a selection of Tibetan cultural beliefs involving psychic awareness (GESP). The oldest Tibetan traditions are those of the oracles, which involves deity possession; Mo divination, which often involves a Tibetan deity called Palden Lhamo; and a belief in consciously chosen reincarnation resulting in tulkus who are identified using a variety of psychic practices. There are more recent beliefs regarding attainment of psychic abilities through Buddhist meditation practice. These beliefs are surrounded by many taboos, revealing a certain fear of psi. These are mentioned in the hope that, by studying another culture's beliefs and taboos, we may gain a greater understanding of psi and obtain useful hypotheses for further research.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Copyright/Reproduction:
By permission
Language:
eng
Author:
Roney-Dougal, S. M.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
2
Reference:
Roney-Dougal, S. M. (2006). Taboo and belief in Tibetan psychic tradition. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 70(4), 193-210.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Parapsychology / Meditation / Tibetan psychic tradition / Cultural beliefs / Cultural taboo / Psychic practitioners / Psychic awareness / Buddhists

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DocumentA phenomenology of meditation-induced light experiences: Traditional buddhist and neurobiological perspectives2014

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2012
Location: SEC PCA
Title:
2012 Grants
Start date: 2013-02

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2012-256
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 25/2012
Title:
256- Contemplative development mapping project
Duration: 2013-07
Researcher(s):
Willoughby Britton, Catherine Kerr, Harold Roth, Jared Lindahl, Jake Davis, Chris Kaplan, Nathan Fisher
Institution(s): The Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, Brown University and Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University Medical School, Providence (USA)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Language: eng
Notes:
This project is still in progress
Author: Britton, W.
Secondary author(s):
Kerr, C., Roth, H., Lindahl, J., Davis, J., Kaplan, C., Fisher, N.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation / Spiritualism / Spiritual traditions/experiences / Assessment tools / Personality factors

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2012-256.02
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 25/2012
Title:
A phenomenology of meditation-induced light experiences: Traditional buddhist and neurobiological perspectives
Publication year: 2014
URL:
http://journal.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00973/full
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
The scientific study of Buddhist meditation has proceeded without much attention to Buddhist literature that details the range of psychological and physiological changes thought to occur during meditation. This paper presents reports of various meditation-induced light experiences derived from American Buddhist practitioners. The reports of light experiences are classified into two main types: discrete lightforms and patterned or diffuse lights. Similar phenomena are well documented in traditional Buddhist texts but are virtually undocumented in scientific literature on meditation. Within Buddhist traditions, these phenomena are attributed a range of interpretations. However, because it is insufficient and problematic to rely solely upon the textual sources as a means of investigating the cause or significance of these phenomena, these qualitative reports are also considered in relation to scientific research on light-related experiences in the context of sensory deprivation, perceptual isolation, and clinical disorders of the visual system. The typologies derived from these studies also rely upon reports of experiences and closely match typologies derived from the qualitative study of contemporary practitioners and typologies found in Buddhist literary traditions. Taken together, these studies also provide evidence in support of the hypothesis that certain meditative practices – especially those that deliberately decrease social, kinesthetic, and sensory stimulation and emphasize focused attention – have perceptual and cognitive outcomes similar to sensory deprivation. Given that sensory deprivation increases neuroplasticity, meditation may also have an enhanced neuroplastic potential beyond ordinary experience-dependent changes. By providing and contextualizing these reports of meditation-induced light experiences, scientists, clinicians, and meditators gain a more informed view of the range of experiences that can be elicited by contemplative practices.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Copyright/Reproduction:
By permission
Language:
eng
Author:
Lindahl, J.
Secondary author(s):
Kaplan, C., Winget, E., Britton, W.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
2
Percentiles:
5
Reference:
Lindahl, J., Kaplan, C., Winget, E., & Britton, W. (2014). A phenomenology of meditation-induced light experiences: Traditional buddhist and neurobiological perspectives. Frontiers in Psychology, 4: 973, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00973
2-year Impact Factor: 2.560|2014
Times cited: 46|2024-02-02
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q1
Keywords: Meditation / Buddhists / Concentration / Light / Hallucinations / Neuroplasticity

A phenomenology of meditation-induced light experiences: Traditional buddhist and neurobiological perspectives

A phenomenology of meditation-induced light experiences: Traditional buddhist and neurobiological perspectives