The Dalai Lama at MIT

The Dalai Lama at MIT From the
2003 Mind and Life “Investigating the Mind” Conference at MIT

The Dalai Lama at MIT
by Anne Harrington and Arthur Zajonc

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Harvard University Press
1st edition (September 25, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN: 0674023196

The Dalai Lama at MIT reveals scientists and monks reaching across a cultural divide to share their insights.

Is there any substance to monks’ claims that meditation can provide astonishing memories for words and images? Is there any neuroscientific evidence that meditation will help you pay attention, think better, control and even eliminate negative emotions? Are Buddhists right to make compassion a fundamental human emotion, and Western scientists wrong to have neglected it?

The Dalai Lama at MIT shows scientists finding startling support for some Buddhist claims, Buddhists eager to participate in neuroscientific experiments, as well as misunderstandings and laughter. Those in white coats and those in orange robes agree that joining forces could bring new light to the study of human minds.


“A cornucopia of riches for anyone interested in what is known and yet to know about the nature of the mind. The dialogues weave a compelling tapestry of perspectives, insights, good-natured banter, and ideas for new studies that will fascinate not only scientists, but anyone interested in meditation and mind-body interactions.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of  Coming to Our Senses
and Vice Chair, The Mind & Life Institute

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