Toward Research on Real-World Effects of Meditation

1440As many of our colleagues are aware, the Mind & Life Institute has been a long-time supporter of research in contemplative science. Since 2004, we have been awarding small grants to advance rigorous research in the field through our Francisco J. Varela Awards program. Over the last decade, we have funded over 120 Varela Awards, […]

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama donates $1,000,000 to Mind & Life Institute

Dalai Lama gift to Mind and LifePRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jacqui DeFelice, Director of Operations and Advancement // (413) 387-0710  Hadley, Massachusetts, United States (February 11, 2013) – The Board and staff of the Mind & Life Institute were excited to learn this week of a pending gift of $1,000,000 to Mind and Life from Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th […]

Buddhism and Science Meet in South India

Dalai Lama Continues Efforts to Develop Monastic Science Education PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jacqui DeFelice, Director of Operations and Advancement // (413) 387-0710 Mundgod, India (January 15, 2013) – A landmark six-day event at Drepung Monastery, convened at the specific request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will bring together 20 of the world’s foremost […]

Mind and Life Visiting Scholars and Residential Research Workshop Programs Up and Running

Visiting Scholars ProgramProposals to study interoceptive awareness and contemplative practice, neurodynamic models of consciousness and self, secular ethics, and more… Mind and Life has received a number of interesting applications and project proposals for its new Visiting Scholars and Residential Research Workshop programs. These programs allow members of the Mind and Life global community to pursue contemplative scholarship and research, or organize collaborative workshops, while interfacing closely with our in-house academic staff.

Mind and Life Receives $3 Million to fund new strategic vision

3-mil-featured-blogInstitute Will Use Funds to Map the Mind, Study Addiction, and Mobilize Global Community PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jacqui DeFelice, Director of Operations and Advancement // (413) 387-0710 Hadley, MA (July 19, 2012) – The Mind & Life Institute, a nonprofit organization founded by the Dalai Lama, neuroscientist Francisco Varela, and entrepreneur Adam Engle in […]

Summer Research Institute, Last Day

DSC_0157The 2012 Summer Research Institute ended with a flourish today, with a great variety of subjects discussed. The morning started with Richie Davidson giving a history of neuroscience in relation to situated and embodied mind. It was remarkably cogent, thorough, and enlightening. The high point was his description of facial muscle experiments that were aimed […]