While I’ve been learning Buddhism and practising Vipassana on my own, I sometimes read scientific research works by some neurologists/psychologists most of whom are experienced meditators.
Science has now accepted Mind can change Brain and vice versa. They still focus on the brain as mind location and I also accept that brain involvement in mental formations is very high, deep and complex.
For a mental state, different neurons in brain’s different areas connect with each other to form a network. And when they fire together as a network, actions (mental, verbal, physical) happen.
With such basic information, I regularly compare science to Buddha’s teachings and observe my brain sensations during my meditation. Depending on good or bad thoughts, brain areas seem to differ though I cannot definitely pinpoint the location.
In short, based on scientific knowledge, religious knowledge and Vipassana experience, I started to correlate and figure out that "ehipassiko (come and see for yourselves)” , repeatedly advised by the Buddha, can be a necessity rather a suggestion.
Only with “ehipassiko”, good neurons can be chosen to cultivate to become stronger; then they will be able to start making a network - very premature in early stage; when new good neuron network is mature enough and they fire together, other old and bad neurons which have been responsible for formulating akusala cetasikas get weaker and weaker and finally back off to low profile in the brain. So, one’s mind has changed from bad to good- reaching a new mental formation/new world.
Insight /enlightenment seems to be very strong new neuron networks involving all good things in the mind. And with magga wisdom, they become permanent in the brain superseding conventional leader Moha.
Sharing and seeking your opinions on this.
Thanks and regards,