From its inception Buddhism has probed the nature of mind, using the mind itself as its instrument of investigation, especially with the aid of refined meditation methods. For the past millennium, Tibetan Buddhists have pursued this investigation in monastic universities with rigor and exacting scholarship. Until now, science has been skeptical of this course of investigation because of its subjectivity — the use of the mind to investigate itself. Today, however, especially with the development of new technology, the biobehavioral sciences (neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, biomedicine) are in the process of extending their methods in search of ever-bolder approaches to studying the workings of the human mind. This Dialogue will consist of three sessions that address empirical findings about three aspects of mind that have been addressed by both Buddhism and biobehavioral science: attention and cognitive control, emotion, and mental imagery.

LOCATION: Cambridge, Massachusetts


Session Videos

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Mind & Life XI – Session 1

Mind and Life Institute • September 14, 2003

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Contemplative Wisdom

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Mind & Life XI – Session 2

Mind and Life Institute • September 14, 2003

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Contemplative Wisdom

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Mind & Life XI – Session 3

Mind and Life Institute • September 14, 2003

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Contemplative Wisdom

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Mind & Life XI – Session 4

Mind and Life Institute • September 14, 2003

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Contemplative Wisdom


Participants

Adam Engle, JD, MBA

Mind & Life Institute

Ajahn Amaro

Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery

Richard J. Davidson, PhD

Mind & Life Chief Scientific Advisor, Center for Healthy Minds at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Anne Harrington, PhD

Harvard University

Thupten Jinpa Langri, PhD

McGill University

Daniel Kahneman, PhD

Woodrow Wilson School

Nancy Kanwisher, PhD, FBA

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Eric Lander, PhD

Whitehead Institute

David Meyer, PhD

University of Michigan

Fellow, PPC Member

Matthieu Ricard, PhD

Karuna-shechen

Convening Faculty, Fellow

Evan Thompson, PhD

University of British Columbia

Convening Faculty, Fellow, Grantee

Arthur Zajonc, PhD

Mind & Life Institute

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