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 // // (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 […]

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 […]