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The Mind and Life Dialogues began in 1987 as a joint quest between scientists, philosophers and contemplatives to investigate the mind, develop a more complete understanding of the nature of reality, and promote well-being on the planet. Originally small, private dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a few scientists and scholars, the Mind and Life Dialogues have since grown to include large public conferences that have embraced a variety of poignant, contemporary topics and questions including Physics and Cosmology, Neuroplasticity, Destructive Emotions, Education, Altruism, Economics and Ethics.

In April 2010, the Mind & Life Institute held its first European public dialogue in Zurich, Switzerland: Altruism and Compassion in Economic Systems, and in November 2010, its first (private) conference in Delhi, India: Contemplative Sciences, The Scientific Study of the Effect of Contemplative Practice on Human Biology and Behaviour.

The proceedings of our public dialogues are available on DVD, and many of the dialogues have been published in books to share the extraordinary events with a larger audience.