Our world is at a crossroads. Multiple crises—from the global pandemic to climate emergencies—are profoundly impacting mental health, especially that of young people. At the same time, there is much that science and contemplative wisdom can teach us about how to navigate today’s challenges and be a force for good.

On December 8 (Indian Standard Time), His Holiness the Dalai Lama engaged in conversation with stress scientist Elissa Epel and emotions researcher Michelle Shiota on how to embrace the current moment with compassion, courage, and purpose. Watch the recording above (subtitles can be turned on or off with the CC button) or read the event synopsis on the Dalai Lama’s website. You can read the six lessons we learned from the event on our blog.

Mind & Life president Susan Bauer-Wu hosted the discussion with moderation by Buddhist scholar John Dunne, and translation provided by Thupten Jinpa. Crises often illuminate the need for radical change. What is the role of activating hope in pursuing a positive vision of the future? Can action come with a heavy heart, and before we have a clear vision of the radical changes needed? How can we cultivate joy amidst adversity?

Watch the recording for an exploration of how we can—together—transform this moment into one that unifies us in a common purpose.

To apply the wisdom from the event in your own life, Elissa invited viewers to join the BIG JOY challenge—the largest-ever citizen science project on cultivating personal joy through micro-actions.