Some scientists are planning to boycott the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in November if the Dalai Lama is allowed to speak. Seems like a pretty extreme reaction to me. Also, there’s mention of an interesting study furthur down in the article:
The research peaked in November last year when a team led by Richard Davidson, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, published research in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that suggested networks of brain cells were better coordinated in people who were trained in meditation. (Guardian).