This think tank will develop a meditation-based curriculum for peacebuilding along with guidelines for its implementation as a component of Colombia’s ongoing peacebuilding process. We will draw on Mind & Life’s model to bring together scholars, scientists, and contemplatives across institutional and geographical boundaries for this immediate opportunity to promote individual and societal flourishing in an important global context. Our primary goal is to develop a manual for a program that uses compassion, equanimity, and kindness meditation and didactic exercises for use in peacebuilding contexts. As long-term goals, think tank participants will go on to implement this framework with Colombian ex-combatants. Additionally, scientific research on its effects will be carried out in or to further refine the program and facilitate its adaptation for use with other marginalized populations in the USA and other global contexts.
Universidad de Antioquia; Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Grantee, Planning Committee Member, Reviewer
Juan is an early-career researcher from Colombia who works in neuroscience and contemplative research. His training has involved studying the neurophysiological dynamics underlying meditation training and sensory perception in humans, … MORE
Founding Director of the Jung Center’s Mind Body Spirit Institute
Convening Faculty, Fellow, Reviewer