In contemporary behavioral science, the general term “depression” covers a wide range of some of the most striking and prevalent forms of mental suffering in the world today. Within the broad spectrum of depression, some forms are relatively well understood. This Dialogue builds on that understanding to further examine the nature of depression and explore the possibility that some meditative practices may be helpful in its treatment or prevention.

LOCATION: Atlanta, Georgia


Richard J. Davidson, PhD

William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder & Director of the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Founder and Chief Visionary for Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc.

John Dunne, PhD

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thupten Jinpa, PhD

Compassion Institute

Board Chair

Lobsang Tenzin Negi, PhD

Emory University & Drepung Loseling Monastery


Helen S. Mayberg, MD

Emory University School of Medicine

Charles Raison, PhD

Emory University


Zindel Segal, PhD

University of Toronto-Scarborough

Convening Faculty, Fellow, Planning Committee Member