European Symposium for Contemplative Studies

MLIELogoWe are delighted to announce that our website for the first Mind and Life Europe Symposium for Contemplative Studies, which will take place from 10 – 13 October 2013 in Berlin, is now online. Participants can register for the Symposium from today onward by visiting www.europeansymposium.org

Contemplative practice treatments for post-traumatic stress

stephenleeTwo weeks ago, U.S. Army veteran Stephen Lee described in a Huffington Post interview how his participation in a meditation study helped him work with the anger and anxiety he was suffering as a result of post-traumatic stress. Lee is featured in Free the Mind, a new documentary about the brain, neuroscience, and meditation.   […]

Arming Introspection: Does meditation make a more ethical soldier or a more dangerous one?

soldiermeditatingWhen Buddhist-based contemplative practices burgeoned in popularity in the United States and Europe during the 1950s and 60s, its central tenets were often disregarded in university department as New Age frivolity. Departments of Religion and Philosopy made some allowances for their study, but the same open-mindedness rarely occurred in “respectable” laboratories of Psychology, Cognitive Science, […]

Mind and Life Co-Sponsors Dalai Lama at Emory University

visit_2013_banner  His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Presidential Distinguished Professor at Emory University, will return to Atlanta October 8-10, 2013 for a series of public and campus events, including programs on responsible citizenship, ethics and education.   Two public events (tickets on sale April 26 at 10:00 am) are scheduled for Tuesday, October 8, 2013 […]

Thinking Like Einstein

einstein on bikeEinstein asked, “What would it be like to ride light?”   For perhaps the hundredth time, I try to think like Einstein. A burst of light is seen by two observers: one stationary on a platform, the other moving in a train. Assume the speed of light is the same for both observers. That’s it, […]

What is Secular Ethics?

thinker2His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has said that “in today’s secular world, religion alone is no longer adequate as a basis for ethics… any religion-based answer to the problem of our neglect of inner values can never be universal, and so will be inadequate. What we need today is an approach to ethics which […]