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 […]

Summer Research Institute–Part 1

The grounds of the Garrison InstituteDespite the surfeit of Ph.D.s and the serious subject matter, there is a distinct air of summer camp about the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute. The old hands who’ve been to four or five SRI’s (as we refer to the institute around the Mind and Life office) greet the newcomers like camp counselors, giving […]

Dalai Lama Donates $200,000 to the Mind & Life Institute

HHDL-AZ-TempletonSaint Paul’s Cathedral in London was packed on May 14 with news media, dignitaries, spiritual leaders, and general observers, who all came to watch the Dalai Lama become the 40th recipient of the Templeton Prize. The prize, given each year to the person who exemplifies, in the words of the prize’s founder, Sir John Templeton, […]

New President

Arthur ZajoncArthur Zajonc Appointed as the New President of the Mind & Life Institute PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Chris O’Brien, Development and Communications Officer // chris@mindandlife.org // (303) 530-1940 x106 Boulder, CO (December 1, 2011) – On 28 November, 2011, the Mind and Life Board of Directors confirmed the selection of Professor Arthur Zajonc as the new president […]