Mind and Life XXIII Conference Summary

Session 1 After opening remarks by Dan Goleman. Diana Liverman described the Anthropocene age we now live in, the first geologic era to be defined by the actions of one species.  Starting in 1950, a number of spikes have occurred – human population increase, automobile usage, carbon dioxide release, and several other measured indicators of […]

Matthieu Ricard on Compassion – Aspen Ideas Festival

Program & Research Council member Matthieu Ricard is at the Aspen Ideas Festival and sat down with genConnect for a brief interview on compassion. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

Photos from SRI 2011

Blog posts from the 2011 Summer Research Institute coming soon. For now, you can browse some of the photos from this exciting week-long conference below.  

Message from the Chair of the Mind & Life Institute

Adam EngleDear Friends, Thank you for your keen interest and ongoing support of the Mind & Life Institute. After 25 exciting and productive years as Co-founder, Chair and CEO of the Mind & Life Institute, I have been contemplating how best to transition my leadership positions in a way that is proactive, thoughtful and most effectively […]

Mindfulness meditation training changes brain structure in 8 weeks

Mass. General-led study shows changes over time in areas associated with awareness, empathy, stress Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. In a study that will appear in the January 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team […]

Mind and Life XXII: Session 5

Delhi Session 5 5The final session of Mind and Life XXII was moderated by Viji Ravindranath, who recapped much of the previous discussion.  She went on to praise His Holiness for the efforts and vision needed to put this dialogue together.  She lastly recognized the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute and the networking and collaboration it produces […]

Mind and Life XXII – Sessions 2, 3, and 4

Delhi Blog 1Session 2 served as a review for the current state of Contemplative Science, recent findings, and its collaborations with mainly Buddhist practices.  Richard Davidson of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds described experiments where adept practitioners alternated between a neutral state and one of compassion inside an fMRI to highlight which areas of the brain […]

Mind and Life XXII: Session 1

delhi session111The Scientific Effects of Contemplative Practices on Human Biology and Behaviour, kicked off with a welcome from co-founder and CEO Adam Engle, who talked of the history of the Mind & Life Institute.  Viji Ravindranath, chair of the Centre of Neuroscience in Bangalore and one of the MLXXII planning members, described this conference as an […]

Mind and Life XXII: Preparations for a rich dialogue

delhi-premeeting01Luminaries from varied backgrounds came together today in New Delhi in advance of Mind and Life XXII: The Effects of Contemplative Practice on Human Biology and Behaviour. This conference should prove groundbreaking, even for Mind and Life, due to the range of rich traditions in dialogue.  As always, there will be neuroscientists, philosophers, and Buddhist […]

Can meditation change your brain? Contemplative neuroscientists believe it can – CNN Belief Blog – CNN.com Blogs

From CNN’s Dan Gilgoff: Can people strengthen the brain circuits associated with happiness and positive behavior,  just as we’re able to strengthen muscles with exercise? Richard Davidson, who for decades has practiced Buddhist-style meditation – a form of mental exercise, he says – insists that we can. And Davidson, who has been meditating since visiting India […]