June 19, 2020, 10:30pm Eastern Daylight Time

(June 20, 2020, 8:00am India Standard Time)

The Mind & Life Institute was honored to host this special livestream event with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The program explored insights for individual and collective healing, integrating contemplation, science, and action, helping us to consider how crisis can be an opportunity to shift human consciousness and embrace our shared humanity.
For viewers in the United States, the livestream occurred on the holiday Juneteenth, the oldest nationally-celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery. It is our intention that the program embraced the spirit of the holiday through its emphasis on reflection, acknowledgement, and hope for the future.
Read a summary on our blog »
You can watch the entire recording above or select particular segments of interest below to watch on our Youtube page.

  • Interested in the Dalai Lama’s view of COVID? Listen at 10:46 to hear Carolyn Jacobs start the conversation on our collective need to reduce anxiety around the things we cannot control.
  • Starting at 16:53, hear the Dalai Lama discuss the challenging “-isms” that divide us, including racism in the United States, and the importance of promoting the oneness of humanity.
  • From 27:11, listen to the Dalai Lama advocate for the United States to embody its name and serve as an example of unity for the world.
  • Based on quantum science and Buddhist teachings, the Dalai Lama explains at 32:08 how emotions like anger and fear that drive division and separation are unfounded. We should be developing compassion.
  • Beginning at 34:26, listen to Richie Davidson describe the pandemic’s effect on our mental health and disproportionate impact on Black Americans.
  • Want to learn about the origin of compassion-focused research? From 49:55, listen to Richie Davidson recount how the Dalai Lama influenced a group of western scientists to study the positive impact of cultivating this feeling – including how practicing compassion can reduce implicit bias.
  • What is hygiene of emotion? Starting at 53:18, listen to the Dalai Lama explain how modern education needs to incorporate the study of our inner world and emotions.
  • Listen to the Dalai Lama and Carolyn Jacobs at 1:15:48, where they discuss the need for a compassionate society based on dialogue and mutual respect.
  • From 1:31:06, learn about the basis of destructive emotions and the practices that help the Dalai Lama cultivate compassion.

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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Richie Davidson
Chief Scientific Advisor, Mind & Life Institute
Founder and Director, Center for Healthy Minds
Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Carolyn Jacobs
Board Member, President Emerita (Interim, 2015-2016), Mind & Life Institute
Dean Emerita, Smith College School for Social Work

Thupten Jinpa
Board Chair, Mind & Life Institute
Founding Faculty, Compassion Institute
Principal Translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Susan Bauer-Wu
President, Mind & Life Institute

Sona Dimidjian
Board Member, Mind & Life Institute
Director, Renée Crown Wellness Institute
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of Colorado Boulder

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