The Mind & Life Education Research Network (MLERN) was formed in 2006 as a multidisciplinary intellectual forum dedicated to investigating issues at the intersection of the mind, brain, education and contemplative practice. Directed by Dr. Richard Davidson of the University of Wisconsin, MLERN included a core group of contemplatives and contemplative scholars, neuroscientists, cognitive, developmental and educational scientists, and educational activists. 

The group met three times a year for three years to discuss and explore how contemplative practices might enrich education, child and adolescent development, education, and support lifelong learning. As these discussions progressed, the MLERN group identified key issues concerning the role of education in cultivating skills in young people including self-control, self awareness, personal and social responsibility, conflict resolution, empathy, compassion and global awareness. These discussions and insights ultimately led to the public forum with the Dalai Lama: Mind & Life XIX: Educating World Citizens for the 21st Century,” on October 8–9 at DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC.

MLERN Core Members

Richard J. Davidson, PhD

William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder & Director of the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Founder and Chief Visionary for Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc.

John Dunne, PhD

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Adam Engle, JD, MBA

Mind & Life Institute

Mark Greenberg, PhD

Pennsylvania State University

Convening Faculty, Fellow, Planning Committee Member, Reviewer

Amishi Jha, PhD

University of Miami

Convening Faculty, Fellow, Grantee, Planning Committee Member, Steering Council Member

Thupten Jinpa, PhD

Compassion Institute

Board Chair

David Meyer, PhD

University of Michigan

Fellow, Planning Committee Member

Robert Roeser, PhD, MSW

Pennsylvania State University

Convening Faculty, Reviewer, Steering Council Member

David Vago, PhD

Vanderbilt University

Convening Faculty, Fellow, Grantee, Planning Committee Member, Reviewer