Session 4


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November 22, 2010

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Understanding Contemplative Practices: Yoga and Jain
Review of Jain and Yoga Practices, and the Intersection with Science

In continuation of the morning session, this session will be dedicated to the exploration of the central practices in the Yoga and Jain traditions. Here as well, the main features of the most prominent practices will be explored, and in terms of scientific research, panelists will be examining the question of applying such practices in clinical contexts for mental and physical health. Indeed, in recent years, clinicians have cooperated with contemplative practitioners to develop therapies that, while largely secular, still draw on the insights and techniques found in various forms of yoga, meditation, breath control and so on. It is especially with this research in mind that the panelists will inquire into the practices presented.

Presenters and Panelists

  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso
  • Muni Mahendra Kumar
  • Shirley Telles
  • HR Nagendra
  • Richard J. Davidson
  • Wolf Singer (Moderator)
  • Thupten Jinpa (Interpreter)