At Mind & Life, we believe that fostering dialogue among individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives is essential to pursuing practical solutions to complex challenges. Our convenings bring together researchers, contemplatives, and changemakers to explore big questions. Among them is how contemplative wisdom can be applied in pursuit of a more just, compassionate, and inclusive world.

Mind & Life convenings are cross-disciplinary and cross-generational learning exchanges, incorporating diverse perspectives, contemplative practices, and the arts. We create spaces where enduring relationships are formed, and new insights can emerge. Increasingly, we’re focused on the theme of interconnection, and how the integration of science and contemplative wisdom can contribute to individual well-being—and collective flourishing.  

As part of our commitment to inclusion, many of our programs include scholarships for individuals who would otherwise be unable to attend.

Upcoming Events

Inspiring Minds – Yoga as a Tool for Social Change

Inspiring Minds – Yoga as a Tool for Social Change

Topics: Body-based Practices | Social Change

Recent Events

2020 Mind & Life Conversation

Mind & Life Conversation: Resilience, Compassion, and Science for Healing Today

June 19, 2020, 10:30pm EDT The Mind & Life Institute was honored to host this special livestream event with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The program explored insights for individual and collective healing, integrating contemplation, science, and action, helping us to consider how crisis can be an opportunity to shift human consciousness and embrace our […]

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Compassion & Empathy | Contemplative Wisdom | Self & Other

2020 Summer Research Institute

Cultivating Prosocial Development Across the Lifespan: Context Relationships, and Contemplative Practices

The world, in the face of pressing global ecological, economic and political challenges, stands in need of social systems renewal. We need generations of individuals, both young and old, who are skilled in the virtuous habits of the head, the heart and the hand, and who therefore are positioned to address the global challenges of our times. How can prosocial qualities be cultivated in individuals, families, schools and communities such that we support generations of people in becoming “forces for good” in the world today?

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Compassion & Empathy | Education | Social Change

Inspiring Minds – Mindfulness and Racial Healing

Inspiring Minds – Mindfulness and Racial Healing

Join Mind & Life for our monthly online series that brings together thought leaders and contemplatives to engage with one another and the audience in exploring the role of the mind in human flourishing. At a time of profound global crises, we’ll be looking at how science and contemplative wisdom can inform efforts to build a more just, compassionate, and inclusive world.

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Interconnection | Self & Other

About Mind & Life Events


Mind & Life research conferences provide a rich forum for interdisciplinary investigation of the mind and contemplative practices in diverse contexts. Innovative thought leaders present groundbreaking research in neuroscience, psychology, clinical science, the humanities, philosophy, and education—all with the goal of advancing understanding of the mind and its role in individual and collective flourishing.


The Summer Research Institute (SRI) is a week-long, residential program held at the Garrison Institute in New York. Through inquiry and dialogue, the SRI seeks to foster collaborative research among scientists, scholars, contemplatives, and social activists. SRI participants refer to this annual event—now in its 17th year—as a unique gathering place and “professional home.”


Mind & Life Conversations convene key thought leaders—prominent scholars, contemplatives, and changemakers—to engage in intimate, one- to two-hour discussions designed to bridge contemplation, research, and action. A key theme is addressing contemporary issues related to disconnection.


Mind & Life Dialogues are conversations between leading thinkers and spiritual leaders such as the Dalai Lama, addressing critical issues of modern life at the intersection of scientific and contemplative understanding. The Dialogues began in 1987 as intimate discussions and have grown to include large public and private events at locations around the world.


Mind & Life has a long history of hosting transformative, cross-disciplinary learning exchanges that bridge science and contemplative wisdom. Over time, our events have served a variety of audiences and needs. A consistent goal is fostering new insights that inspire action in addressing real-world challenges—from education to leadership to nurturing prosocial behaviors.