Young Scientists’ Perspective on Benefits of Dialogue with HHDL

Mind and Life has been organizing dialogues between top scientists and His Holiness The Dalai Lama for 20+ years. The purpose of which has been to promote the creation of a contemplative, compassionate, and rigorous experimental and experiential science of the mind which could guide and inform medicine, neuroscience, psychology, education and human development. An initial interest of Mind and Life has been to facilitate the generation of a new field of “mind science”, using contemplative practice as the root of investigation. Since 2004, there has been an annual week long “Summer Research Institute” that has brought together junior and senior-level scientists, Buddhist Scholars, Tibetan Monks and other contemplative practitioners from multiple faiths and traditions. The SRI has been a breeding ground for young neuroscientists, psychologists, and clinicians interested in the scientific investigation of contemplative practice. Here are 3 videos of young scientists who have been involved in re-defining their program of research to integrate the study of contemplative practice in terms of clinical science, developmental science and neuroscience.

Sona Dimidjian:

Robert Roeser:

David Vago: