To date, we have awarded more than $5.2 million to over 270 projects in cognitive science, psychology, medicine, anthropology, religious studies, and education—in 30 US states and in 20 countries. As a result of Mind & Life funding, more than 280 scholarly articles and books have been published, and our grantees have gone on to compete successfully for over $110 million in follow-on grant funding from other sources.

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Where have we funded research?

Mind & Life is proud to have supported research in 30 US states and in 20 countries worldwide. Click any pin in the map below to learn more about each project.

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Mind & Life Awarded Grants

2019

Think Tanks

Mechanisms of Meditation and Consequences for Clinical Practice

Marieke van Vugt, David Vago, Antonino Raffone, Elena Antonova, Jos Brosschot, Anne Speckens, Heleen Slagter, Philipp Kanske, Judson Brewer, Susan Bogels, Henk Barendregt, Zoltan Dienes, Amber Carpenter, Shaun Gallagher, Brian Ostafin, Thorsten Barnhofer

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Mental Health | Mindfulness | Self & Other

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Critical Neuroscience and the Politics of Mindfulness Interventions for Youth: A Proposal for an Interdisciplinary Working Group

Suparna Choudhury, William Wannynn, Elena Hailwood, Steven Stanley, Jennifer Thomson, Rhonda Magee, Elizabeth Gagen, David Forbes, Kristina Eichel, Ana Gomez-Carillo, Joshua Moses, Rachel Lilley, Funie Hsu, Paul Howard Jones, Barbara Ibinarriago Soltero, Anne Harrington, Jamie Kucinskas

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Education | Mindfulness | Self & Other | Social Change

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Decolonizing Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Spaces

Priya Iyer, Irene Barraza, Sonia Montoya, Meha Davé

Topics: Body-based Practices | Mindfulness | Social Change

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Wise Climate Actions & Sacred Activism

Vivian Valentin, Radhule Weininger, Michael Kearney, John Foran, Kevin M Gallagher, Leila Cavallho, Monique Myers, Stacy Pulice, Shawn VanValkenburgh, Kristen Goodrich, Joanna Macy, Catherine Gautier, Jose Caballero, Linda Buzzell-Saltzman, Martin Wagner, Yemaya Renuka Duby, Jessica Alvarez Parfrey, Ken Hiltner, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Summer M. Gray, Sarah Ray, Maithilee Kanthi, Bill McKibben, Emiliano Campobello, David Pellow

Topics: Compassion & Empathy | Environment | Interconnection | Social Change

2018

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African Contemplative Practices for Healing the Past, for Transforming the Present and for Future Flourishing

Lucy Draper-Clarke, Warren Nebe, Nonkululeko Faith Busika, Sinethemba Makanaya, Bandile Seleme, Prince Theogene Niwenshuti, Gregory Maqoma, Vincent Mantsoe, Karen Fitzgerald, Melike Fourie, Caryn Green, Hamish Mabala Neill

Topics: Body-based Practices | Contemplative Wisdom | Social Change

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Mindfulness Practices as Anti-Oppression Pedagogy: Strategies for Preparation, Implementation, and Assessment

Greta Gaard, Zenzele Isoke, Beth Berila, Alex Haley, Doug Kennedy, Louise Delagran, Erik Storlie, Shannon Gibney, David Voelker, Alison Staudinger, Franklin Chen, Sawa Senzaki, Samuel Cocks, Ann Lawton, Kaylee Spencer, Courtney Wells, Mary Wright, Ann Brand, Michelle Hamilton, Terri Karris, Brian McAlister

Topics: Education | Mindfulness | Social Change | Stress & Resilience

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Designing and implementing a contemplative practice-based program for ex-combatants in Colombia’s peacebuilding process

Alejandro Chaoul, Juan Santoyo, Ana Maria Restrepo Saenz, Brooke D. Lavelle, Catalina Acosta, Constanza Baquedano, Cristobal Danobeitia, Ismael Palacios-Garcia, Juan Felipe Jaramillo, Juliana M Santoyo, Luis Alejandro Moya Riveros, Mariana Fajardo Patino, Sebastian Medeiros

Topics: Compassion & Empathy | Contemplative Wisdom | Social Change

2017

Think Tanks

Establishing Contemplative Studies Programs: Practices, Priorities and Problems

Anne Klein, Harold Roth, Mirabai Bush, Carolyn Jacobs, Judith Simmer-Brown, David Germano, John Dunne

Topics: Education

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Embodiment, Contemplative Practice, and Equality: Developing a Programmatic and Research Agenda for Reducing Ingroup Bias through Embodied Inquiry and Contemplative Practice

angel Kyodo williams, Bo Forbes, Gregory Cajete, Jim Coan, William Cunningham, John Dunne, Norman Farb, Aneeta Rattan, David Vago, Christine Wilson-Mendenhall

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Socially-Engaged Mindfulness Interventions (SEMI) and the Promise of Making Refuge

David Loy, Edwin Ng, Zack Walsh, Jack Petranker, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Mushim Patricia Ikeda, Katie Loncke, Rhonda Magee, Sharon Suh, Beth Berila, Tom Yarnall, Charles Strain

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Interconnection | Mindfulness | Social Change

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Educating the Heart: Cultivating Compassionate Global Citizens

Caroline Murphy, Thomas Pruzinsky, Scarlett Lewis, Liz Gulliford, Alan McMurray, Anne-Marie Poynor, Jacqueline Irwin, James Nelson, Alan McCully, Dorothy Black, Gerard McCann, Anne Dichelle, Majella O’Shea, Rita Sexton, Aidan Clifford, Frank Geary, Brendan Ozawa-de Silva

Topics: Compassion & Empathy | Education

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Microphenomenology and Contemplative Experience: Exploring the Intra- and Intersubjective Dynamics of Language and Embodied Experience

Andreas Roepstorff, Anne Klein, Michel Bitbol, Kiku Day, Jean-Philippe Lachaux, Antoine Lutz, Soizic Michelot, Claire Petitmengin, Donata Schoeller, Michael Sheehy, Martijn van Beek

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Contemplative Wisdom

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Conceptualizing Compassion: A Heuristic Model

Andrew Dreitcer, Brooke D. Lavelle, Paul Condon, Helen Weng, Wendy Hasenkamp, Gaelle Desbordes, Yoona Kang, Paul Gilbert, John Makransky, Wendy Farley, Eve Ekman, Jennifer Mascaro

Topics: Compassion & Empathy

2016
2015

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Abrahamic Contemplative Traditions

Nathan Fisher, Rabbi Eliezer Shore, Rabbi Doniel Katz, Andrew Dreitcer, David Cooper, Wendy Farley, Natalia Lapteva, Neil-Douglas Klotz, Misbah Noorani, Tasnim Hermila Fernandez, Arthur Zajonc, Chris Kaplan, Jared Lindahl, Willoughby Britton

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom

2014

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Varieties of Contemplative Experience

Willoughby Britton, Jared Lindahl, David Cooper, Nathan Fisher, David Loy, Daniel Stuart, William Waldron, John Tresch, Linda Heuman, Eric McCord, Barnes Peterson, Wendy Hasenkamp, Leigh Brasington

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Mindfulness Media Hype

Marieke van Vugt, Andrew Olendzki, Kim Nolan, Ted Meissner, David Vago, Willoughby Britton, Julie Brefczynski-Lewis, Brent Field, Sara Lazar, Nicholas Van Dam, Laura Schmalzl, David Meyer, Clifford Saron, Catherine Kerr

2013

Mind & Life Contemplative Studies Fellowship

Contemplative practice, Hasidic modernism and contemporary psychology

Don Seeman

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom

Mind & Life Contemplative Studies Fellowship

The roles of constitutive contexts in contemplative practice

David Germano, Shauna Shapiro

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom

Think Tanks

Interoception and Contemplative Practice

Catherine Kerr, Cynthia Price, Jennifer Daubenmeier, Barnaby Dunn, Norman Farb, Wendy Hasenkamp, Anne Klein, Wolf Mehling, Martin Paulus

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science

2012

Mind & Life Contemplative Studies Fellowship

Nonattachment and Intergroup Harmony

Baljinder Sahdra

Topics: Interconnection | Self & Other

Mind & Life Contemplative Studies Fellowship

Meditation in Context

David McMahan

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Mindfulness

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