Arthur Zajonc: On Bridging Science and Spirituality and Why That Matters

There are those who draw a line between the faith-based world of spirituality and the empirical nature of science. Not so for Arthur Zajonc. The former Mind & Life President (2012-2015) has spent a lifetime nurturing dialogue and understanding between the two. “It’s important to me that science and spirituality meet each other, that they …

Arthur Zajonc

Arthur Zajonc is the former President of the Mind & Life Institute. He is also emeritus professor of physics at Amherst College, where he taught from 1978 to 2012, and former director of the Center for Contemplative Mind, which supports appropriate inclusion of contemplative practice in higher education, from 2009 to 2011. He was a visiting professor and …

In October 1987, the first Mind & Life Dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama took place, exploring Buddhism and the Cognitive Sciences in Dharamsala, India. With immense gratitude for everyone who has contributed to our legacy, 2022 is a time to honor what has continued to blossom from this momentous occasion: 35 years of …

Fellows

Mind & Life Fellows are distinguished leaders in their respective field who have made significant contributions to the mission and vision of the Mind & Life Institute and more broadly to contemplative sciences, studies and practice through her/his  scholarship, activities and influence. History Inaugurated in 2009, the first Fellows were given their designation based on …

Board of Directors and Founders

Board of Directors Founders Founding Stewards Former Board Members (chronological order) Adam Engle Francisco VarelaAlan WallaceElaine Jackson Richie DavidsonDaniel GolemanJon Kabat-ZinnAnne HarringtonPaul Ekman   Matthieu RicardArthur ZajoncJohn DunneRoshi Joan HalifaxUlco VisserBennet ShapiroDon MorrisonTania SingerDiana Chapman WalshMark BertoliniRaymond ‘Rip’ Gellein Tenzin Chogyal (Ngari Rinpoche), Honorary Past Presidents Adam Engle 1991-2011Al Kaszniak (interim) 2011Arthur Zajonc 2012-2015Carolyn Jacobs (interim) 2015

George Greenstein

George Greenstein, PhD, is the Sidney Dillon Professor of Astronomy at Amherst College. He received his BS from Stanford and his PhD from Yale, both in physics. Initially his interests centered on research in theoretical astrophysics, but later they shifted to writing. He is the author of numerous works interpreting science for nonscientists. His first …

The Monastery and the Microscope: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Mind, Mindfulness, and the Nature of Reality

ORDER NOW Edited by Wendy Hasenkamp with Janna White (Yale University Press) ISBN: 9780300218084 In 2013, during a landmark Mind & Life dialogue at a Tibetan monastery in southern India, with an audience of thousands of monks and nuns, the Dalai Lama gathered with leading scientists, philosophers and monastics for in-depth discussions on the nature of …