Session 1

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Read the transcipt of His Holiness’ opening remarks

November 21, 2010

9:00am – 11:00am

Overview and Framework
Philosophical Perspectives from Hinduism and Buddhism

Numerous contemplative traditions originated in India, and they continue to be practiced through various forms of yoga, meditation and other contemplative techniques. A clear understanding of these traditions and their practices involves an inquiry into their rich philosophical heritage. HH the Dalai Lama will open this session with his reflections on the role that philosophy plays in contemplative practice. Next, two distinguished scholars—one from Hinduism and one from Buddhism—will discuss the ways that their traditions articulate the wider understanding of reality that is the context for contemplative practice. Emphasizing common roots as well as important points of divergence, they will address such questions as the nature of the mind and body, the ways that contemplative practices lead to personal transformation, the role that philosophy plays in guiding practice, and the centrality of ethics.

Presenters and Panelists

  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso
  • Adam Engle
  • Thupten Jinpa (Presenter and Interpreter)
  • Swammi Atmapriyananda
  • Richard J. Davidson
  • Geshe Ngawang Samten
  • PN Tandon
  • Chakravarti Ram-Prasad
  • Daniel Goleman (Moderator)