Dialogues with the Dalai Lama
2017 Mind & Life Dialogues
It was an intimate dialogue 30 years ago between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a small group of leading Western scientists that established the Mind & Life Institute. Since then, Mind & Life has paved the way for new approaches to understanding the mind and establishing the interdisciplinary field of contemplative sciences, focused on the study of meditation and contemplative practices. In 2017, Mind & Life will present two Dialogues, including an historic visit by the Dalai Lama to Africa.
Mind & Life Dialogue in Botswana
The Practice of Botho/Ubuntu and its Renewal in African Society and Globally
Date: 17 – 19 August, 2017
Location: Gaborone, Botswana
Venue: University of Botswana Sports Arena
Tickets: To be announced
The Mind & Life Dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Botswana brings the mind sciences directly into conversation with specialists and practitioners of the African worldview of Botho/Ubuntu. An indigenous knowledge system, Botho/Ubuntu translates to “I am because we are.” The Dialogue in Botswana engages historical, neuroscientific and applied perspectives on Botho/Ubuntu, including the neurobiology of stress, in conversation with feminist voices on healing trauma. The renewal of Botho/Ubuntu serves as a model for addressing our educational, medical and socioeconomic challenges in Africa and globally.
In addition to the 5,000 ticket holders who will experience the spiritual energy and charismatic wisdom of the Dalai Lama in person, the event will also be live-streamed to a global audience. The Botswana Dialogue features a panel of world-renowned scientists and scholars sharing their expertise through discourse with the Dalai Lama during five sessions over three days beginning 17 August, followed by a public address by the Dalai Lama on the afternoon of 19 August.
Mind & Life Dialogue in Montréal
Prosocial Learning, Well-Being and the New Sciences of Mind
Date: 19 – 21 October, 2017
Location: Montréal, Québec
Venue: Museum of Fine Arts
Tickets: By Invitation
The Mind & Life Dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, hosted in partnership with the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, has a threefold theme: Applications of prosocial education, social-emotional learning and compassion in K-12 school settings; Clinical applications of mindfulness and compassion-based practices in healthcare and well-being; The new sciences of mind, particularly recent findings in neuroscience and cognitive science by Canadian research scientists.
The Mind & Life Dialogue in Montréal is a private event, but live streaming will transmit the timeless (and timely) messages of compassion, diversity, inclusion and ethics from the Dalai Lama to a global audience. In addition, there will be a public address by the Dalai Lama on 20 October. Tickets for the public address can be obtained directly through the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts.