As part of the grand opening of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, the Dalai Lama, along with contemplatives and contemplative scholars, engaged in a dialogue with scientists envisioned in the style of a working lab meeting. In a session to update His Holiness on the latest scientific discoveries, presenters outlined recent research findings as well as obstacles and challenges.

LOCATION: Madison, Wisconsin


Thupten Jinpa, PhD

Compassion Institute

Board Chair

Richard J. Davidson, PhD

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

John Dunne, PhD

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Barbara Fredrickson, PhD

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Antoine Lutz, PhD

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Discussant, Fellow

Matthieu Ricard, PhD


Convening Faculty, Fellow

Sharon Salzberg

Insight Meditation Society

Clifford Saron, PhD

University of California, Davis

Convening Faculty, Fellow, Planning Committee Member