Session 5

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November 23, 2010

Morning Session
9:00am – 11:00am

Reflections, Integration and Future Directions

Previous sessions have shown the great benefit that can arise from a clear and rigorous dialogue between modern science and the contemplative traditions of India. This final session concentrates on the future avenues of research in contemplative science that have become evident over the preceding days. Central questions to be addressed include: How can fruitful dialogues between scientists and contemplatives be encouraged, and what are the promises and pitfalls of such a dialogue? What methods and research protocols are best employed in the scientific study of contemplative practices? How, in practical terms, can this form of research on Contemplative Science be supported and encouraged? Going forward, what are the most promising avenues of research, and what obstacles must we face? An exploration of these and other issues will lead to a lively dialog to close the conference.

Presenters and Panelists

  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso
  • VS Ramamurthy
  • Kapila Vatsyayan
  • Richard J. Davidson
  • Wolf Singer
  • Viji Ravindranath (Moderator)
  • Thupten Jinpa (Interpreter)