New research from University of California Davis, conducted on meditators at the Shambhala Mountain Center under the guidance of Buddhist scholar, author and teacher B. Alan Wallace. Wallace is a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, so the test subjects were most likely practicing a Tibetan influenced form of meditation.
“The take-home message from this work is not that meditation directly increases telomerase activity and therefore a person’s health and longevity,” Saron said. “Rather, meditation may improve a person’s psychological well-being and in turn these changes are related to telomerase activity in immune cells, which has the potential to promote longevity in those cells. Activities that increase a person’s sense of well-being may have a profound effect on the most fundamental aspects of their physiology.”