degree of meditation attainment and comparison of type of


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S. Roney-Dougal, Psi Research Centre.

J. Solfvin, Massachusetts Uni.

Grant nº 64/04

Objectives: To test the hypothesis that meditation attainment correlates with psi and to explore the possibility that some meditation techniques facilitate this.

Methods: 1) Tibetan Psychic Beliefs - People from various Tibetan psychic disciplines were interviewed.

2) Yogic Attainment in Relation to Precognition - In two studies, 3 levels of yoga practitioners, students (ST), sanyassins (SN) and swamis (SW), meditated, followed by an awareness period in which they aimed to precognitively perceive a video clip.

3) Tibetan Buddhists’ Meditation Attainment in Relation to Psi - 18 participants, Tibetan monks, Western Buddhist students and a nun, completed 8 sessions each, of meditation followed by psi awareness of a static target picture.

4) Tibetan Meditation Techniques in Relation to Precognition - 10 Tibetan monks, who had meditated for 5 years minimum, completed 8 sessions each: 4 visualisation, and 4 mantra. A

Tibetan Stroop test assessed distractibility.

Results: 1) Tibetan psi traditions incorporate oracles, Mo divination, conscious reincarnation, astrology and attainment of psi abilities through meditation.

2) In the ashram studies, in 2003, with those who completed at least 3 sessions, SW scored significantly better than SN and ST.

3) Age and years of Buddhist meditation practice correlated significantly with psi. This is confounded by psi-missing from 3 monks who reported that, as children, they had previouslife memories.

4) Overall, the Lamas scored significantly. There was no significant difference between mantra versus visualization sessions.

Conclusion: These studies support the Yogic and Buddhist teachings that psi abilities arise as a result of meditation attainment. This conclusion is qualified by the psi-missing.

Publications: Roney – Dougal, S.M. (2006). Taboo and Belief in Tibetan Psychic Tradition, J.

Soc. Psych. Res., 70(4), 193-210.; Roney – Dougal, S.M. & Solfvin, J. (2006). Yogic

Attainment in Relation to Awareness of Precognitive Targets, J. Parapsych., 70(1), 91-120.;

(in prep.

) Two Tibetan Meditation Techniques in Relation to Psi.

Roney-Dougal, S.M., Solfvin, J. & Fox, J.

(submitted). Tibetan Buddhists’.Meditation

Attainment in Relation to Psi.; Solfvin, J. & Roney-Dougal, S.M. (in press) Meditation and

ESP: A Study of Experienced Vs Novice Meditators, ICTW, India.

Keywords: Precognition, Meditation, Tibetan Buddhist, Yogic