April 9, 2009

Today, Liz Phelps and Cliff Saron presented. The morning session involved engaging discussion concerning what emotion is. How to define it from both the Western cognitive neuroscience and psychological perspective and from the Buddhist perspective. Richie Davidson indicated that emotion can be operationalized in two ways: 1. Detecting stimuli that signal importance to the organism […]

Jon Kabat-Zinn reflects upon ML XVIII

Jon Kabat-Zinn and his wonderful family have been in attendance here at the meeting . Jon had some reflections upon the importance of these meetings and the impact of Mind and Life. Here is a link to the audio: Jon Kabat Audio IV-1 by mindandlife

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Today we woke again with some thunder. Sorry about  the video technical difficulties. We are having some trouble uploading large files with slow connections. To be expected here in the rooftop of the world. This morning Adele Diamond spoke about the developmental cognitive neurosciences and how best to develop executive control (which i can speak about […]

Reflections from Roshi Joan Halifax about ML XVIII

Before the meeting began on Monday, MLI board members met with His Holiness. Roshi Joan shares her thoughts:  The Mind and Life Board met for an hour with His Holiness at his request on Sunday morning. He expressed his profound gratitude for the long friendship with the Board, and particularly at a time when he […]

Tuesday April 7th, 2009

map of upper DharamsalaHi all, Sorry about the delay in posting. Yesterday, there were amazing thunderstorms that rocked Dharamsala and eliminated power and we have been having very spotty internet access.   You can see some of my previous posts at my personal blog: HERE It was a great honor and privilege to be in the presence of His Holiness […]

Introducing: David Vago

My name is David Vago. I am the Senior Research Coordinator for the Mind and Life Institute and a research fellow in the department of Psychiatry at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard University Medical School. I am interested in resilience and vulnerability across the neuropsychiatric spectrum.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

matthieuIt is nightime here in Dharamsala and the meeting is at its maximum potential energy. The guests have all arrived and gathered this evening for an inaugural dinner. As we gathered outside on the veranda of the Chodor House to greet our guests, an enormous windstorm kicked up moving northward towards the Himalaya whose snow-capped […]