The 14th Dalai Lama have known to actively support scientific explanation on Buddhism. For example his investment in the Mind and Life Institute. But I remember that I've read somewhere that he jokingly requests scientists to invent a meditation machine, because meditating 4 hours every morning is very hard, but I can't find it again. Is there a source of that?

  • This question is a repeat. I couldn't find a written record of such a comment, if a video exists it will be impossible to find the reference as it must be a passing comment not an entire discourse. I am sure he meant it as a joke. What is your actual requirement with the reference? If you can reframe the question with it, may be we can be able to help. – user13135 Jun 25 '18 at 2:10
  • What do you mean by repeat? Yes I'm sure this meant as a joke, but I think this also meant that he appreciated scientific evidence of meditation. I want to have a short but strong example on his appreciation, and think that this is the best. – Ooker Jun 25 '18 at 7:09
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    appreciation of 'scientific evidance of meditation' is also still vague to interpret....i found this page has lots of resources you can get your answers with.... liveanddare.com/benefits-of-meditation – user13135 Jun 25 '18 at 8:58
  • See also this topic about meditating in the morning – ChrisW Jun 25 '18 at 12:49
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    If you're looking for "scientific evidence of meditation" you might like The Pursuit of Happiness about using a MRI to measure brain activity (of Tibetan monks) – ChrisW Jun 25 '18 at 12:51

The closest thing I could find is in a NeuroScience conference video from 2012 where scientists and the Dalai Lama are discussing the similarities of human brain activity with that of animals and machines. That part of the conversation starts around minute 34. There is no explicit request from the Dalai Lama in there to create such a device.

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