Since our humble beginnings in 1987, we have seen a tremendous outpouring of interested in our work. What began as a periodic weeklong meeting between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a few selected scientists has become a growing, international network of researchers investigating the effects of contemplative-based practices on the brain, human biology and behavior.

Quite frankly, we did not envision this development in 1987. However, we began to recognize the need for rigorous investigation of the effects of contemplative science in the late 1990s and were effective in launching programs to help lead the development of the emerging fields of Contemplative Neuroscience and Clinical Science. By every measurable metric, the scientific research of contemplative practice is increasing and the data is showing the positive effects of these practices on health and wellbeing.

Each year, more and more studies suggest that engaging in routine contemplative practice is beneficial to health and well-being, the number of published papers increases, the number of University and College research centers stimulated in some way by the work of the Mind & Life Institute grows, coverage of mindfulness in mainstream media increases and the level of dollars flowing into research in this field is steadily increasing.

Over the past several years, a number of universities have established research centers or research groups devoted to advancing this study, and we expect more of our future work to be in the area of coordinating collaborations with these centers and groups.

Mind & Life Institute’s Growing Family of Collaborative Organizations

Mind and Life Collaborating Research Institutes and Groups

    -  Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning
  • Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education
    -  Stanford School of Medicine
  • Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
    -  University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Center for Mind and Brain
    -  University of California, Davis
  • Center for Mindfulness
    -  University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Center for Neuroscience
    - Indian Institute of Science
  • Clinical Research, Education, Services, and Treatment (CREST) Program
    - University of Colorado Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Contemplative Studies Initiative
    - Brown University
  • Emory’s Collaborative for Contemplative Studies
    -  Department of Religion at Emory
  • Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory, Brigham & Women’s HospitaL
    - Harvard Medical School
  • Institute for Empirical Research in Economics
    - University of Zürich
  • The Jha Lab
    - University of Miami
  • Mindfulness Awareness Research Center
    -  UCLA
  • National Institute of Advanced Studies
    -  Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore, India
  • Neuropsychology, Emotion, and Memory Lab
    - University of Arizona Department of Psychology
  • Omega Institute for Holistic Studies
    -  University of Toronto
  • Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab
    - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Prevention Research Center
    -  Penn State
  • Social Neuroscience Department
    -  Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig

Mind and Life Partnering Humanities Organizations

  • Insight Meditation Society
  • Institute of Tibetan Classics
  • Shechen Monastary
  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center
  • Upaya Zen Center

Mind and Life Dialogue Co-Sponsors

The following organizations have co-sponsored conferences with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

  • McGovern Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Johns Hopkins Medical University
  • Georgetown Medical Center
  • Emory University
  • The Mayo Clinic
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Education
  • Stanford University School of Education
  • Pennsylvania State University College of Education
  • University of Virginia Curry School of Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education
  • Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning
  • American Psychological Association
  • George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
  • University of Michigan School of Education
  • University of Zürich
  • National Institute of Advanced Studies