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 on the way from Hadley to Atlanta, Berlin, Kyoto, Bhutan, India, Phuket, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Zurich over the next seven weeks. At each of these stops Mind and Life will be working at the intersection of science and contemplation, and in the hopes of making our contribution to human flourishing.
My first stop is Emory University’s Dalai Lama event, which we are co-sponsoring, and where I will be moderating the Tuesday afternoon public dialogue on secular ethics and education. Our own Brooke Dodson-Lavelle and Richard Davidson will join with Emory’s Frans de Waal and Geshe Lobsang Negi to explore the theory and practice of cultivating the moral life through education, something sorely needed for a healthy future. You can follow this event via live webcast on October 8, 1-3pm.
Immediate following the Atlanta event I fly to Berlin to join our Mind and Life Europe team, who has organized a fabulous conference on the theme of Personal and Societal Change from the Contemplative Perspective. We are expecting around 400 people in all.
Stay tuned for reports from the field…