2013 – XXVI

MIND, BRAIN AND MATTER: Critical Conversations Between Buddhist Thought and Science

with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Drepung Monastery, Mundgod, Karnataka, India - January 17 – 22, 2013

Over the last several years, largely through the work of the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative, Science for Monks, and Science Meets Dharma, science instruction has been given to a small group of monastic scholars. Very recently, the decision was made to require science education for Geshe degrees at Tibetan monastic universities, and to facilitate all monastic students being introduced to modern science and the profound philosophical and ethical issues raised by science and technology. In recognition of this fact, this conference is taking place at one of the historically important Tibetan academic institutions, Drepung Monastery in Mundgod, India.

This landmark six-day event, convened at the specific request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will bring together 20 of the world’s foremost scientists and philosophers with His Holiness and other senior Tibetan scholars. Several thousand monks and nuns from numerous Tibetan monastic centers of learning will be in attendance. In addition to critically engaging in important questions of mutual interest and challenge such as the fundamental nature of our physical world, the problem of consciousness, the nature and workings of our mind, and the interface of contemplative practice and scientific research, this conference also aims to offer an educational forum, whereby the monastic students can learn about the historical development of science, and how science has come to shape the way we understand our world.

We are excited to host this ground-breaking event and are conscious of its significance. It is our highest wish that the discussions and insights that emerge will be of benefit for our world and all beings.

Video Stream

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New York Times / International Herald Tribune blog post – “Where Science and Religion Coexist”


Pre-Conference Photos, His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama arrives in Mundgod

Mind and Life XXVI Day 2 - Physics

Mind and Life XXVI Day 4 Q&A at Drepung Loseling

Mind and Life XXVI Day 5 - Applications of Contemplative Practice

Mind and Life XXVI Day 6 - The Future