Best-selling authors and experts in the field of contemplative sciences contribute their talents and insights to the Mind & Life library of books. Here you will find a selection of titles documenting the historic Mind & Life Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, along with a selection of recent releases by members of the Mind & Life community. View recent releases »

Mind & Life Dialogues

Each of these books includes an introduction to the subject matter of the Dialogue, the presentations provided by scientists and scholars to his His Holiness, and excerpts from the most intriguing and thought-provoking exchanges following each presentation.

  • Book-MonasteryAndMicroscopeComing summer 2017
    2013 Mind & Life Dialogue in Mundgod, India

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

    Edited by Wendy Hasenkamp with Jenna White
    (Yale University Press)

  • Books-CaringEconomics2010 Mind & Life Dialogue in Zurich, Switzerland

    Caring Economics

    Edited by Tania Singer and Matthieu Ricard

  • Book- Minds Own Physician2005 Mind & Life Dialogue in Washington, DC, USA

    The Mind’s Own Physician: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of Meditation


    By Jon Kabat-Zinn and Richard Davidson with Zara Houshmand
    (New Harbinger Publications)

  • Book- Train Your Mind Change Your Brain2004 Mind & Life Dialogue in Dharamsala, India

    Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves


    by Sharon Begley
    (Ballantine Books)

  • Book-TheDalaiLamaAtMIT2003 Mind & Life Dialogue in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

    The Dalai Lama at MIT


    by Anne Harrington and Arthur Zajonc
    (Harvard University Press)

  • Book- Mind And Life2002 Mind & Life Dialogue in Dharamsala, India

    Mind and Life: Discussions with the Dalai Lama on the Nature of Reality


    by Pier Luigi Luisi with Zara Houshmand
    (Columbia University Press)

  • Book-DestructiveEmotions2000 Mind & Life Dialogue in Dharamsala, India

    Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama


    by Daniel Goleman
    (Bantam Doubleday Dell)

  • Book- The New Physics And Cosmology1997 Mind & Life Dialogue in Dharamsala, India

    The New Physics and Cosmology: Dialogues with the Dalai Lama


    by Arthur Zajonc
    (Oxford University Press)

  • Book- Visions Of Compassion1995 Mind & Life Dialogue in Dharamsala, India

    Visions of Compassion: Western Scientists and Tibetan Buddhists Examine Human Nature


    Edited by Richard J. Davidson and Anne Harrington
    (Oxford University Press)

  • Book- Sleeping Dreaming And Dying1992 Mind & Life Dialogue in Dharamsala, India

    Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying: An Exploration of Consciousness with the Dalai Lama


    Edited by Francisco J. Varela
    (Wisdom Publications)

  • Book-HealingEmotions1990 Mind & Life Dialogue in Dharamsala, India

    Healing Emotions: Conversations With the Dalai Lama on Mindfulness, Emotions, and Health


    Edited by Daniel Goleman
    (Shambhala Publications)

  • Book-ConsciousnessAtTheCrossroads1989 Mind & Life Dialogue in Los Angeles, California, USA

    Consciousness at the Crossroads

    Edited by Zara Houshmand, Robert B. Livingston, and B. Alan Wallace
    (Snow Lion Publications)

  • Book-GentleBridges1987 Mind & Life Dialogue in Dharamsala, India

    Gentle Bridges: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on the Sciences of Mind


    Edited by Jeremy W. Hayward and Francisco J. Varela
    (Shambhala Publications)


Recent Releases

The field of contemplative sciences is fueled in large part by the published work of Mind & Life fellows and grant recipients. Here are some recent releases from our community.

  • Book-TheEmbodiedMind

    The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience

    By Evan Thompson, Eleanor Rosch and Francisco J. Varela
    (MIT Press)

  • Book-TelomereEffect

    The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer

    by Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel
    (Grand Central Publishing)

  • Book-ResourcesTeachingMindfulness

    Resources for Teaching Mindfulness: An International Handbook

    Edited by Donald McCown, Diane K. Reibel and Marc S. Micozzi
    Including chapters by Susan Bauer-Wu, Willoughby B. Britton and Rhonda Magee

  • Book-MindfulBirthingMindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond

    By Nancy Bardacke

  • Book-CravingMind

    The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love—Why We Get Hooked & How We Can Break Bad Habits

    Judson Brewer
    Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn
    (Yale University Press)