Set in a beautiful house affiliated with Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, Mind and Life’s Visiting Scholars program provides time and space for self-directed and intensive individual and collaborative work between scholars, Institute staff, and the local academic community.
It is specifically geared toward scholars who are self-motivated and who would benefit from a minimally structured program that allows for maximum time and dedication toward one’s projects.
The Visiting Scholars House provides shared, nonresidential working space for up to seven Visiting Scholars at a time. Scholars will have access to the libraries of the Five Colleges (Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst) as well as other resources at Amherst College.
In addition, regularly scheduled lunch discussions and peer-led seminars will offer Visiting Scholars opportunities for informal dialogue across disciplines.
By bringing together Junior and Senior Scholars in one place for stays from six weeks to a semester, the Visiting Scholars program broadens the collective efforts and impact of the fields of contemplative science and studies.
Recent projects undertaken by scholars-in-residence include research that explores the mindful dimensions of artificial intelligence, a project that will result in a curriculum that addresses teacher burnout, the development of studies that aim to understand the cognitive nature of attention, and a book project on what Buddhism can teach women about the nature (and myths) of self-sacrifice. Other successful applications have focused on book projects, non-laboratory research, and the development of introspective and contemplative methodologies.
Mind and Life is not currently accepting applications for this program.