Supporting the evidence-based benefits of contemplative practice with a charitable donation to the Mind & Life Institute helps to promote compassion and understanding in our society.

For over three decades, an ever-growing number of scientists, philosophers, and scholars of religion have built a unique community at the crossroads of their disciplines — a place where they can push the boundaries of traditional research to shine new light on fundamental questions about the human experience.

The Mind & Life Institute has served as the hub for this transdisciplinary community from the earliest conversations — nurturing the emerging field of contemplative sciences by providing research funding, holding annual research institutes for young scholars, convening interdisciplinary dialogues with influential leaders like our co-founder the Dalai Lama, and hosting a large biennial international research symposium.

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In addition to online giving, you can support Mind & Life in the following ways:

Send a check to:
Mind & Life Institute
210 Ridge McIntire Rd
Suite 325
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Attention: Heather Cochrane

Wire Transfer or Stock Transfer:
Mind & Life Institute  accepts large gifts by wire or by stock transfer. Please contact for wire/stock transfer instructions.

Planned Giving:
For more information about making a planned gift, such as a trust or various forms of bequest, please contact Heather Cochrane at 434-339-0281, or by writing to

The Mind & Life Institute operates as a nonprofit organization thanks to the charitable contributions of individuals, foundations and sponsors. Charitable contributions are the source of more than 90% of Mind & Life’s budget. As careful stewards of the funds entrusted to the institute, Mind & Life undergoes a third-party audit every year and complies with all regulations governing non-profits in the United States. The Mind & Life Institute is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS tax code, EIN # 77-0284767.