Mind and Life Announces Its 27th Dialogue With the Dalai Lama

MLIELogoThis year’s event focuses on craving, desire, and addiction. PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release From October 28–November 1, 2013, the Mind & Life Institute will hold its 27th Dialogue with the Dalai Lama. This year’s program, which will be held at the Dalai Lama’s residence in Dharamsala, India, will take up the subjects of craving, […]

Meditation: It’s Not What You Think

brain weightsDo you have family, friends, colleagues who say they just can’t meditate? Mind and Life’s resident neuroscientist Wendy Hasenkamp explores the popular misconceptions surrounding meditation, and the reasons to keep trying.   When I explain to someone that I’m involved in research on meditation, it’s not uncommon for me to hear, “Oh, meditation—I tried that. […]

Your Brain on Meditation

brewer2A new technology allows researchers to see the contemplative brain in real time—and uncover insights on everything from contentment to effort to distraction. We’ve all read or heard about scientific studies linking meditation to brain activity. These can be helpful in many ways. Maybe they help give us a little boost of motivation when we […]

European Symposium for Contemplative Studies

MLIELogoWe are delighted to announce that our website for the first Mind and Life Europe Symposium for Contemplative Studies, which will take place from 10 – 13 October 2013 in Berlin, is now online. Participants can register for the Symposium from today onward by visiting www.europeansymposium.org

Contemplative practice treatments for post-traumatic stress

stephenleeTwo weeks ago, U.S. Army veteran Stephen Lee described in a Huffington Post interview how his participation in a meditation study helped him work with the anger and anxiety he was suffering as a result of post-traumatic stress. Lee is featured in Free the Mind, a new documentary about the brain, neuroscience, and meditation.   […]

Arming Introspection: Does meditation make a more ethical soldier or a more dangerous one?

soldiermeditatingWhen Buddhist-based contemplative practices burgeoned in popularity in the United States and Europe during the 1950s and 60s, its central tenets were often disregarded in university department as New Age frivolity. Departments of Religion and Philosopy made some allowances for their study, but the same open-mindedness rarely occurred in “respectable” laboratories of Psychology, Cognitive Science, […]

Mind and Life Co-Sponsors Dalai Lama at Emory University

visit_2013_banner  His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Presidential Distinguished Professor at Emory University, will return to Atlanta October 8-10, 2013 for a series of public and campus events, including programs on responsible citizenship, ethics and education.   Two public events (tickets on sale April 26 at 10:00 am) are scheduled for Tuesday, October 8, 2013 […]

Thinking Like Einstein

einstein on bikeEinstein asked, “What would it be like to ride light?”   For perhaps the hundredth time, I try to think like Einstein. A burst of light is seen by two observers: one stationary on a platform, the other moving in a train. Assume the speed of light is the same for both observers. That’s it, […]

What is Secular Ethics?

thinker2His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has said that “in today’s secular world, religion alone is no longer adequate as a basis for ethics… any religion-based answer to the problem of our neglect of inner values can never be universal, and so will be inadequate. What we need today is an approach to ethics which […]

Can Meditation Change Compassionate Behavior?

compassionMost of us like to think that we’re compassionate people – that, given the opportunity, we’d recognize another’s pain and be moved to help.  But in the midst of our daily lives, how compassionate are we, really?  And is this something we can change about ourselves?   These questions were at the heart of a recent […]