Masahiro Fujino

Ph.D. student of Division of Cognitive Psychology in Education, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University
Research Fellowship for Young Scientists of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Masahiro Fujino

Ph.D. student of Division of Cognitive Psychology in Education, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University
Research Fellowship for Young Scientists of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

After I graduated from the Faculty of Business Administration of Kobe University in 2004, I worked for a medical manufacturing company for 7 years. In 2010, I joined a 10 days Vipassana meditation retreat. After that experience, I understood through my own experience that meditation benefitted my physical and mental well-being and I wanted to understand that scientifically, so I decided to quit my job to research on meditation at Kyoto University.
Currently, I am researching the neural mechanisms of meditation using an MRI scanner, to study the themes aroused through my meditation practice. I am especially interested in mindfulness and compassion meditation that generate wisdom and compassion, which are both sides of the same coin of Buddhism. I am also working to implement such types of meditation in society to increase peoples’ physical and mental well-being.

Peer-reviewed Publication
Fujino, M., Ueda, Y., Mizuhara, H., Saiki, J., & Nomura, M. (2018). Open monitoring meditation reduces the involvement of brain regions related to memory function. Scientific Reports, 8, 9968.
(https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-28274-4)

Zen 2.0 Seminar

2018