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 […]

Buddhism and Science Meet in South India

Dalai Lama Continues Efforts to Develop Monastic Science Education PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jacqui DeFelice, Director of Operations and Advancement // (413) 387-0710 Mundgod, India (January 15, 2013) – A landmark six-day event at Drepung Monastery, convened at the specific request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will bring together 20 of the world’s foremost […]

Mind and Life Visiting Scholars and Residential Research Workshop Programs Up and Running

Visiting Scholars ProgramProposals to study interoceptive awareness and contemplative practice, neurodynamic models of consciousness and self, secular ethics, and more… Mind and Life has received a number of interesting applications and project proposals for its new Visiting Scholars and Residential Research Workshop programs. These programs allow members of the Mind and Life global community to pursue contemplative scholarship and research, or organize collaborative workshops, while interfacing closely with our in-house academic staff.

Mind and Life Receives $3 Million to fund new strategic vision

3-mil-featured-blogInstitute Will Use Funds to Map the Mind, Study Addiction, and Mobilize Global Community PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jacqui DeFelice, Director of Operations and Advancement // (413) 387-0710 Hadley, MA (July 19, 2012) – The Mind & Life Institute, a nonprofit organization founded by the Dalai Lama, neuroscientist Francisco Varela, and entrepreneur Adam Engle in […]

Summer Research Institute, Last Day

DSC_0157The 2012 Summer Research Institute ended with a flourish today, with a great variety of subjects discussed. The morning started with Richie Davidson giving a history of neuroscience in relation to situated and embodied mind. It was remarkably cogent, thorough, and enlightening. The high point was his description of facial muscle experiments that were aimed […]

Summer Research Institute, Part 4

Reading before the morning presentationsThe heat and humidity didn’t slow down the proceedings today, and we had some fascinating presentations. The morning started with Ann Klein giving us a comprehensive tour of the concept of prana, energy flows that permeate the body and support the mind. She explained the varieties and implications of these energy flows from the Buddhist […]

Summer Research Institute, Part 3

Matthieu Ricard answering a question in a panel discussion.Today was a day of silence, with meditation sessions running all day and a marvelous opportunity to focus inward, so there’s no news to report. Instead, here are some photos from the fist two days. Clicking on them will make them larger. –Mark Cherrington, Mind and Life communications and event coordination  

Summer Research Institute, Part 2

DSC_0049I really like those 15 minutes of silence at breakfast each morning. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind if the entire breakfast were done in silence, but I think that would be cruel to all those folks who have so much to talk about. Steel-cut oats, yogurt, granola, fruit, and local eggs are just the […]