For some years now, there has been a great deal of interest in the ways that contemplative practices with roots in spiritual traditions may also provide a range of emotional and physical benefits to practitioners. We now have a substantial body of experimental and clinical work focused both on outcomes and on the neural, cognitive, and affective markers of changes resulting from practice. It is often assumed that these data have a great deal to offer the world of psychotherapy, stress management and what some call “wellness” practices — so much so that some now speak of an emerging field of “clinical contemplative science.” But how relevant really are the laboratory data for the real-world complexities of health maintenance and enhancement? Does the fact that we might measure changes in response to distressing images in a laboratory study have any bearing on how well-being can be enhanced in real world contexts? When persons undergo training in mindfulness meditation in the context of a supportive community of fellow travelers searching for better health, do we know enough to say that the meditation practice is the critical ingredient in any improvement they might experience? How does the current “medicalization” of meditation affect patients or potential patients coming from religious traditions where contemplative practice is either central, or regarded with suspicion?

LOCATION: New York, New York


Session Videos

Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XXV – Part 1

Mind and Life Institute • October 20, 2012

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Mindfulness | Stress & Resilience

Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XXV – Part 2

Mind and Life Institute • October 20, 2012

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Mindfulness | Stress & Resilience

Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XXV – Part 3

Mind and Life Institute • October 20, 2012

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Mindfulness | Stress & Resilience

Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XXV – Part 4

Mind and Life Institute • October 20, 2012

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Mindfulness | Stress & Resilience

Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XXV – Part 5

Mind and Life Institute • October 20, 2012

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Mindfulness | Stress & Resilience

Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XXV – Part 6

Mind and Life Institute • October 20, 2012

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Mindfulness | Stress & Resilience

Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XXV – Part 7

Mind and Life Institute • October 20, 2012

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Mindfulness | Stress & Resilience

Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XXV – Part 8

Mind and Life Institute • October 20, 2012

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Mindfulness | Stress & Resilience

Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XXV – Part 9

Mind and Life Institute • October 20, 2012

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Mindfulness | Stress & Resilience

Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XXV – Part 10

Mind and Life Institute • October 20, 2012

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Mindfulness | Stress & Resilience


Participants

Anne Harrington, PhD

Harvard University

Alfred Kaszniak, PhD

The University of Arizona

Bruce McEwen, PhD

The Rockefeller University

Clifford Saron, PhD

University of California, Davis

Convening Faculty, Fellow, PPC Member

Jimmie Holland, MD

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Lis Nielsen, PhD

National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health

Matthieu Ricard, PhD

Karuna-shechen

Convening Faculty, Fellow

Thupten Jinpa Langri, PhD

McGill University

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