How You Can Help

All worthy causes need two things: champions and stamina. The Mind & Life Institute has been fortunate in both regards to be supported throughout its history by an exceptional group of committed benefactors. To continue our transformative mission, we greatly appreciate financial support at all levels.

Donations can be made via this website at  or mailed to:

Mind and Life Institute
4 Bay Road
Hadley, MA 01035
Attention: Lila Mereschuck

Mind and Life also accepts gifts by wire transfer or stock donation. For more information please write:

As you plan your gift, you may want to consider the following giving levels:

FRIENDS give up to $999 annually in support of the Institute. Friends are recognized in the annual report and receive monthly eNews and other updates.

PARTNERS give between $1,000 and $10,000 annually. In addition to the above benefits, Partners are recognized in our event programs throughout the year.

MAJOR SPONSORS give between $10,000 and $30,000 annually. In addition to the above benefits, Sponsors receive special invitations to selected Mind and Life public and private events.

SUSTAINING PATRONS ensure the long-range viability of the Mind & Life Institute, and are greatly honored financial partners and members of our Mind and Life family. With a commitment to give $30,000 or more per year for a minimum of three years, Sustaining Patrons affirm their dedication to the important work of the Institute, keep us on a stable footing, and enable us to plan both current and future scientific investigations with confidence.  In appreciation of their deep commitment to the Mind & Life Institute, we extend special invitations to Sustaining Patrons to our Mind and Life public and private events.  Please contact Jacqui DeFelice, director of operations and advancement, at or 413-387-0710 extension 102 for more information about Sustaining Patron benefits and activities.

Sustaining Patrons are entitled to participate in:

  1. Private Mind and Life dialogues with the Dalai Lama at his home in Dharamsala or elsewhere in the world.
  2. Private, pre-meetings that precede each Mind and Life dialogue.  These are two-day meetings held several months before the main meeting where all the presenting scientists come together with the interpreters and staff to co-ordinate and refine their presentations and review the questions that will be presented and discussed at the meeting with the Dalai Lama. These pre-meetings are an excellent way to familiarize you with the subject matter and to people who will be participating in the Dialogue, and they are vibrant and very interesting on their own.
  3. The annual Mind and Life Summer Research Institute, a week-long residential program during which scientists and contemplative practitioners review the latest research and dialogue about how to advance research in contemplative studies.
  4. The Dalai Lama’s public talks that are sponsored by the Mind & Life Institute.


With a planned gift, you can create a lasting legacy of support for Mind and Life’s mission, while receiving a financial benefit during your lifetime. Planned gifts include donations of appreciated assets such as stock, gifts through various forms of trust or annuity that provide living benefits to the giver, or various forms of bequeath. A planned gift can retain income and defer, reduce, or eliminate capital gains taxes, generate a charitable income tax deduction, and reduce or eliminate estate, gift, or generation-skipping taxes. Planned givers are also recognized in Mind & Life Institute publications.  For more information about making a planned gift, please contact Jacqui DeFelice.