Mind and Life Europe is a tax-exempted association (Verein) based in Zurich, Switzerland (registered as “Mind and Life International”).
Its mission is to expand the Mind and Life initiatives outside of the USA. It’s purpose is to support and facilitate the dialogue between different branches of science such as neuroscience, medicine, psychology, philosophy and the contemplative traditions of the world. With these initiatives, research in the above fields is encouraged and facilitated.
The activities of Mind and Life Europe are closely coordinated with the Board and Program & Research Council of Mind and Life. Under supervision of these bodies, there are several activities that Mind and Life International will organize. For more details see Mind & Life Institute’s events.
The first Mind and Life public meeting held in Europe was organized very successfully under the auspices of Mind and Life International in Zurich, in April 2010. The topic was Altruism and Compassion in Economic Systems.
Zurich has been chosen to be the headquarters of Mind and Life Europe because of it’s high standing tradition of science (ETH, University, Center of Neurology, several Nobel Laureates such as Einstein, Pauli, Ernst, etc), economy, education (Pestalozzi, Jung) and a long standing association with the Dalai Lama and the Tibetans.
Also, for many generations, Switzerland has been a stable country, open to innovative ways of looking at established and new ideas, has been a tolerant haven for refugees and thinkers of different inclinations, and is in the heart of Europe.
Mind and Life Europe is a branch of Mind & Life Institute, and is directed by Mind and Life Director of International Operations, Diego Hangartner.