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 […]

Toward Research on Real-World Effects of Meditation

1440As many of our colleagues are aware, the Mind & Life Institute has been a long-time supporter of research in contemplative science. Since 2004, we have been awarding small grants to advance rigorous research in the field through our Francisco J. Varela Awards program. Over the last decade, we have funded over 120 Varela Awards, […]

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama donates $1,000,000 to Mind & Life Institute

Dalai Lama gift to Mind and LifePRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jacqui DeFelice, Director of Operations and Advancement // (413) 387-0710  Hadley, Massachusetts, United States (February 11, 2013) – The Board and staff of the Mind & Life Institute were excited to learn this week of a pending gift of $1,000,000 to Mind and Life from Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th […]