In this private dialogue, six young scientists were chosen to represent the Francisco J. Varela Grant program, a catalyst for seeding the field with young scientists investigating contemplative practice. These researchers, representing a new generation of scientists, presented the Dalai Lama with their recent research outcomes.

LOCATION: Rochester, Minnesota


Thorsten Barnhofer, PhD

University of Surrey

Willoughby Britton, PhD

Brown University

Convening Faculty, Fellow, Grantee, PPC Member

Richard J. Davidson, PhD

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

Norman Farb, PhD

University of Toronto Mississauga

Fellow, Grantee

Thupten Jinpa, PhD

McGill University

Baljinder Sahdra

University of California–Davis

Fellow, Grantee

David Vago, PhD

Vanderbilt University

Convening Faculty, Fellow, Grantee, PPC Member

Helen Weng, PhD

University of California, San Francisco

Convening Faculty, Fellow, Grantee