Question: Rinpoche, some children sometimes ask what is the point in meditating? What would a scientist say to that, a scientist how maybe studied?
Scientists, they take my brain, they put me in big machine, maybe nine floor, call FMRI, and I have to line down like this. And they tied my head. And they put me something in my mouth, they call bite guard. I have to chew. And they screw up, tied with the machine. Because I cannot move my head, kind of like X-ray machine. And this machine inside my brain what neurons are doing. And the other room there are many scientists, they stay other room. I have big earphone here. And inside very cold, temperature is very cold. And the scientists said, oh now please meditate. But they are having coffee. But I am very tied. They said, please meditate. Objectless shamata. Rest. And focus. Or compassion. And at the same time they have lot of noise. Baby crying also. And many screaming, many many. And the scientist said, when you meditate, the left side brain, here, what they call left frontal lobe, here. And this is area for happiness. Peace, calm. And this activity increase high high high. More than seven hundred percent. Then there is three benefit. The scientists check the brain. First your brain is capable of change. Your brain can change. If you unhappy but if you meditate, meditate, can change. Second. The best number one to make your mind calm, peace, happy, to apply meditation every day little bit, little bit, little bit, little bit. Third, it is good for your body. Healthy. And good for lot of disease. And I add one more. The forth point, good for your life also. Because your mind become calm and peace, you can do more. And also good for learning. If your mind becomes very sensitive, many things, jealous, fighting, then your mind not calm, then you cannot learn much.