The MLI Community in Conversation with the Karmapa

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Mind and Life Board Members Richard Davidson and Daniel Goleman and Fellow Sona Dimidjian participated in a conversation on well-being with the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds hosted this event.


New Book by Mind & Life Board Chairman, Thupten Jinpa, PhD

Mind and Life Board Chairman Thupten Jinpa recently launched his new book A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives. In this video from an event at the Tibet House on May 7th, Jinpa shares his thoughts on the importance of compassion in modern times, answers questions from the audience and reads a passage from his book.


Well-being is a Skill: Perspectives from Contemplative Neuroscience

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MLI fellow and board member, Dr. Richard Davidson, recently spoke at the Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco.


Diana Chapman Walsh Discusses Trust in Leadership on WHYY’s “Voices in the Family.”

What kind of leadership is required to meet the challenges we face locally and globally? How important is trust in leadership? Diana Chapman Walsh, former president of Wellesley College, current MLI board member, and faculty of MLI’s Academy for Contemplative and Ethical Leadership, shares her evolution in leadership as a network of resilient partnerships, particularly as this new style of leadership relates to the environment and education.

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Judson Brewer Lecture on Loving Kindness

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In this 15-minute video from cfmHome, MLI fellow Jud Brewer discusses how certain self-referential brain regions are deactivated during the practice of loving kindness (metta) meditation.

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Mind and Life Institute to Host the Dalai Lama in Partnership With Amherst and Smith Colleges and The University Of Massachusetts Amherst to Discuss Ethics and Education

A three-day visit by the Dalai Lama in October will include visits to three area colleges, will focus on a global framework for incorporating care and compassion into education, and will culminate in a public lecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Arthur Zajonc and Thupten Jinpa


(Hadley, Mass.) April 4, 2015 ​Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, will come to the Pioneer Valley with scheduled visits at three area colleges October 23-25, 2015. Hosted by the Hadley-based Mind & Life Institute, a non-profit dedicated to exploring the connection between science and contemplative studies, the Dalai Lama will make visits to Amherst and Smith Colleges as well as the University of Massachusetts Amherst, ending his visit with a public lecture at the Mullins Center.

The purpose of the visit is to focus on education, secular ethics and, specifically, an approach to incorporating care and compassion into the framework of education from K-12 through postgraduate education worldwide. This topic is one on which the Dalai Lama has been working with the Mind & Life Institute for several years, resulting in a global framework entitled, ​Call to Care​. (​​). The visits to area colleges will include dialogues and presentations with faculty, national experts and students. His visit will culminate in a public presentation and forum at the Mullins Center for students, faculty and staff of the Five Colleges as well as the general public.

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Caring Economics

Caring Economics“What is the relevance of pro-social motivation and altruism in competitive systems such as the dominant Western economic system?” This is one of the questions that was posed during the 2010 Mind and Life dialogue entitled “Altruism and Compassion in Economic Systems: A Dialogue at the Interface of Economics, Neuroscience, and Contemplative Sciences.” We are so pleased to announce the publication of Caring Economics—the latest in the series of books based on these dialogues. Read More

Call to Care Meeting with the Dalai Lama


In 2012, inspired by the Dalai Lama’s call to design a pedagogy in “secular ethics,” the Mind & Life Institute embarked on a research initiative to explore the development of a new, interdisciplinary approach for nurturing children’s ethical and prosocial development. Since then, our Call to Care model has evolved into a professional development framework that follows a two-year cycle in which educators spend a full year focusing on themselves before implementing the framework in the classroom during the second year.
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Academy for Contemplative and Ethical Leadership (ACEL)

MLI’s leadership initiative to generate a shared horizon of inquiry that creates real life change

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new core faculty member for our academy, Dr. Dan Siegel, author, professor of clinical psychiatry at UCLA, and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center.

Together with nine other core faculty, Dan will be joining the ACEL team during the week of the academy, August 23–29, 2015, to be held at the Stowe Mountain Lodge in Stowe, Vermont.

Modern leadership is in crisis, facing new and broader challenges than any our world has seen before. To face the important issues of the 21st century, Mind and Life is excited to offer the Academy for Contemplative and Ethical Leadership (ACEL). Through this program, we boldly invite today’s leaders into a deep collaborative investigation of the possibilities for advanced leadership in the modern world. Read More