From Emory to Berlin

The past week has been packed with remarkable moments. We started with Emory University where 8,000 people filled the stadium to hear His Holiness speak about secular ethics and education, which in the last year has become a central part of Mind and Life’s work. The webcast is available so I need not try to […]

Bridging the Divide

Tomorrow afternoon I will do my best to guide the dialogue between His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and four scholars and scientists on the theme of secular ethics and education. We will begin with the research and views of Frans de Waals, professor of psychology at Emory University in Atlanta. The title of de […]

Seven Weeks with Our Global Community

Today I leave for Atlanta and the beginning of a daunting but amazing journey that will take me to Europe and many places in Asia on behalf of Mind and Life. I do so with others as we seek to connect with Mind and Life’s increasingly global community. I hope to chronicle my various experiences […]

Mind and Life Announces Its 27th Dialogue With the Dalai Lama

MLIELogoThis year’s event focuses on craving, desire, and addiction. PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release From October 28–November 1, 2013, the Mind & Life Institute will hold its 27th Dialogue with the Dalai Lama. This year’s program, which will be held at the Dalai Lama’s residence in Dharamsala, India, will take up the subjects of craving, […]

Meditation: It’s Not What You Think

brain weightsDo you have family, friends, colleagues who say they just can’t meditate? Mind and Life’s resident neuroscientist Wendy Hasenkamp explores the popular misconceptions surrounding meditation, and the reasons to keep trying.   When I explain to someone that I’m involved in research on meditation, it’s not uncommon for me to hear, “Oh, meditation—I tried that. […]

Your Brain on Meditation

brewer2A new technology allows researchers to see the contemplative brain in real time—and uncover insights on everything from contentment to effort to distraction. We’ve all read or heard about scientific studies linking meditation to brain activity. These can be helpful in many ways. Maybe they help give us a little boost of motivation when we […]