New York • Tuesday, December 7 • 10:30pm
San Francisco • Tuesday, December 7 • 7:30pm
Paris • Wednesday, December 8 • 4:30am
Dharamsala • Wednesday, December 8 • 9:00am
This program will be recorded. Registrants will be emailed a link to the recording after the event.

His Holiness frequently arrives early. We encourage you to tune in 15-20 minutes earlier than the scheduled time to ensure you don’t miss any of the program.


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 will engage in conversation with stress scientist Elissa Epel and emotions researcher Michelle Shiota on how to embrace the current moment with compassion, courage, and purpose.

Hosting the discussion will be Mind & Life president Susan Bauer-Wu 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?

The program will be simultaneously translated into multiple languages: Chinese, Hindi, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, German, Portuguese, French, Italian, and Tibetan (subject to change).

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

Elissa Epel invites everyone to join the BIG JOY challenge! Take 4 minutes to create some JOY for yourself and test drive the largest-ever citizen science project on JOY. Learn more and watch the Mission: JOY film featuring the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu.

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