Dharamsala Dialogue Livestream
*His Holiness will be present for all morning sessions.
Monday, 12 March | Day One
Early Childhood Development and Social Emotional Learning
Session Moderator: Kimberley Schonert-Reichl
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.* India Standard Time (UTC +5:30): Introductory Remarks: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Susan Bauer-Wu
Tuesday, 13 March | Day Two
Social Emotional Learning and Education in the Classroom
Session Moderator: Anthony Phillips
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.* India Standard Time (UTC +5:30)
Sophie Langri & Tara Wilkie
Wednesday, 14 March | Day Three
Meta-Awareness and Attention Training in Education Research
Session Moderator: Richard Davidson
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.* India Standard Time (UTC +5:30)
Thursday, 15 March | Day Four
Ethics and Compassion in Education Research
Session Moderator: Dan Goleman
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.* India Standard Time (UTC +5:30)
His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama
Friday, 16 March | Day Five
Evaluation and Implementation: Challenges and Opportunities for Human Flourishing
Session Moderator: Aaron Stern
9:00 – 11:30*
Presenters & Moderators
Michel Boivin is Canada Research Chair in Child Development, Professor of Psychology, director of the Research Unit on Children’s Psychosocial Maladjustment (GRIP) at the School of Psychology of Université Laval, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He leads a program of research on the bio-psycho- social determinants of child development, with a special emphasis on early childhood. This research is anchored to large population-based longitudinal studies, including the Quebec Newborn Twin Study and the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development. He has extensively published in leading international journals in psychology, psychiatry and pediatrics, including 3 books, 44 book chapters, and 226 articles. He co-leads the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Development and the web-based and multilingual Encyclopaedia on Early Childhood Development, two international initiatives aimed at knowledge dissemination. He has trained more than 50 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.
Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is the William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Davidson’s research is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing including meditation and related contemplative practices. He has published over 375 articles, numerous chapters and reviews and edited 14 books. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2006. He is the author (with Sharon Begley) of “The Emotional Life of Your Brain” published in 2012 and co-author with Daniel Goleman of the book, “Altered Traits”, published in 2017. In 2017 Davidson was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2003 and the National Academy of Medicine, and is the Chief Scientific Advisor and a Founding Steward of the Mind & Life Institute.
Sona Dimidjian, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on cultivating enduring well-being for women, children, and families. She is a leading expert in the treatment and prevention of depression, with a focus on the mental health of pregnant and postpartum women. Her work examines the clinical application of contemplative practices, including mindfulness meditation, and behavioral approaches in healthcare settings, as well as social emotional learning in schools. She also has a longstanding interest in the dissemination of evidence-based practice, using digital technology and community based strategies, such as training peers and lay counselors, to increase access to effective treatments. She is the recipient of numerous awards acknowledging her teaching and clinical research. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Chicago and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington. Dimidjian currently serves on the board of the Mind & Life Institute.
Daniel Goleman, best known for his worldwide bestseller Emotional Intelligence, is most recently co-author of Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body. A meditator since his college days, Goleman has spent two years in India, first as a Harvard Predoctoral Traveling Fellow and then again on a Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Dr. Goleman’s first book, The Meditative Mind: The Varieties of Meditative Experience, is written on the basis of that research, offering an overview of various meditation paths. Goleman has moderated several Mind and Life dialogues between the Dalai Lama and scientists, ranging from topics such as Emotions and Health to Environment, Ethics and Interdependence. Goleman’s 2014 book, A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World, combines the Dalai Lama’s key teachings, empirical evidence, and true accounts of people putting his lessons into practice, offering readers guidance for making the world a better place. Having worked with leaders, teachers, and groups around the globe, Daniel Goleman has transformed the way the world educates children, relates to family and friends, and conducts business. He is a Founding Steward of the Mind & Life Institute.
Patricia Jennings, PhD is an Associate Professor of Education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. An internationally recognized leader in the fields of social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education, Dr. Jennings led the teams that developed and studied the CARE for Teachers, a mindfulness-based professional development program shown to significantly improve teacher well- being, classroom interactions, and student engagement in a federally funded study. She is the principal author of the Compassionate Schools Project curriculum, a health and physical education curriculum for elementary students that integrates social and emotional learning, mindful awareness and compassion practices, mindful movement and healthy eating skills. Dr. Jennings is also the co-Principal Investigator of a large randomized controlled trial to examine the curriculum’s efficacy in promoting positive youth outcomes, and author of “Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom.”
Dr. Amishi Jha is neuroscientist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami, and Director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the UMindfulness Initiative, prior to which she was an Assistant Professor at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania. She received her PhD from the University of California-Davis in 1998, and received her post-doctoral training at the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center at Duke University in functional neuroimaging. She studies the neural bases of attention and the effects of mindfulness-based training programs on cognition, emotion, and resilience. With grants from the Department of Defense, and several private foundations, she has been systematically investigating the potential applications of mindfulness training in education, sports, business, and the military. Her work has been featured in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Emotion, and PLoSOne and she serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Frontiers in Cognitive Science, and Frontiers in Cognition. She has received several awards for teaching and innovation in science, including selection as a Poptech Science and Public Leadership Fellow in 2010. She is an internationally recognized speaker who has lectured at the World Economic Forum, Aspen Institute, Pentagon, and NY Academy of Sciences as well as many other forums on topics such as optimizing attention, building brain fitness, mindfulness and other forms of contemplative training, and how to protect the brain from stress and aging. She has been interviewed on NPR, CBS, and NBC, as well as in the NY Times, New Yorker, Washington Post, LA Times, Time Magazine, GQ, Newsweek, and Scientific American.
Jennifer Knox is an educator with over 18 years experience in the US, Europe and Asia. As a member of the core Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning team at Emory University, she has been central to the development of the curriculum since its first steps in 2015. She serves as a SEE Learning education consultant, curriculum designer, teacher training facilitator, and liaison with partner schools. As a certified CBCT instructor, Jen has worked to incorporate CBCT into educational settings, including formal research studies at an International Baccalaureate charter school and at the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has also taught CBCT to students at Emory and to faculty in Atlanta Public Schools. For 12 years, she has taught visual art at Woodward Academy where she teaches a SEE Learning Course and coordinates with senior administrators, counselors and faculty to align SEE Learning initiatives academy-wide.
Sophie Langri holds a BA in East Asian Studies and Anthropology from Montreal University and an MA in Sociology and Politics of Development from the University of Cambridge, England. She has been the project manager for the Institute of Tibetan Classics since 1999. Since 2003, Sophie has been a regular attendee at the bi-annual Mind & Life conferences and the in-depth dialogues between the Dalai Lama and scientists and scholars interested in the study of human mind and its potentials. Sophie’s participation in these conferences has enabled her to interact with neuroscientists, psychologists and educators who are passionate about translating important scientific insights into the domain of education. In addition, Sophie has received extensive training in NVC (Non-violent Communication) as well as Restorative Justice methods. Combining her NVC background with what she has learned through years of interaction with scientists in the field of brain and learning, in 2008 Sophie created and began Ma Classe Zone de Paix, a school program teaching SEL (social and emotional learning) for children ages 5-12. For this innovative school program Sophie was awarded the YMCA Québec Peace Medal in 2010. She is currently working as a SEL consultant with the MEESR (Ministry of Education Québec) for the ‘Grandes Rencontres’ project which will give information to all school regions about SEL throughout Québec. She is currently also in the process of receiving her certification as a Stanford CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training) instructor. She is the co-founder, along with Dr. Tara Wilkie, of the Institute of Social Emotional Education and the co-author of CS3 a K-8 curriculum. She lives in Montreal with her husband and two daughters.
Sonia Lupien is the founder and director of the Centre for Studies on Human Stress whose mission is to transfer scientifically validated knowledge on stress to the general public. Her studies have shown that children are as vulnerable as adults to stress and that children as young as age 6 can produce high levels of stress hormones. Her studies in adults have shown that stress can significantly impair memory performance. In her new research projects, she is working on differences between men and women in stress reactivity, and she is developing new educational programs on stress in adolescents and workers. Greatly involved in the transfer of scientific knowledge to the public, Sonia has published a book for the public entitled ‘Par amour du stress’ now translated in english under the title : “Well Stressed: Manage Stress Before It Turns Toxic”; which aims at helping the public better understand stress as it has been studied for the last 50 years by scientists across the world.
Dr. Anthony Phillips has expertise in brain function and behavior. He was Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (2009-2017), Founding Director of the UBC Institute of Mental Health, and is currently Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Senior Investigator with the UBC Djavid Mohafhagian Centre for Brain Health.
Dr. Phillips’ research focusses on the neural bases of learning and memory and has contributed to better treatment of addiction and mental ill health. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Dr. Phillips has received numerous awards including the Heinz Lehmann Award from the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the Bill and Marilynn Weber Lifetime Achievement Award from the UBC Faculty of Medicine. In 2015 he became a member of the Order of Canada.
Matthieu Ricard, PhD, is a Buddhist monk at Schechen Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. Born in France in 1946, he received his PhD in Cellular Genetics at the Institut Pasteur under Nobel Laureate Francois Jacob. As a hobby, he wrote Animal Migrations (Hill and Wang, 1969). He first traveled to the Himalayas in 1967 and has lived there since 1972, studying with Kangyur Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, two of the most eminent Tibetan teachers of our times. Since 1989, he served as French interpreter for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He is the author of The Monk and the Philosopher (with his father, the French thinker Jean-Francois Revel), The Quantum and the Lotus (with the astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan), Happiness, A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill and Why Meditate? He has translated several books from Tibetan into English and French, including The Life of Shabkar and The Heart of Compassion.
As a photographer, Matthieu has published several albums, including The Spirit of Tibet, Buddhist Himalayas, Tibet, Motionless Journey, and Bhutan. He devotes all of the proceeds from his books and much of his time to one hundred and twenty humanitarian projects (schools, clinics, orphanages, elderly people’s homes and bridges) in Tibet, Nepal and India, through his charitable association Karuna-shechen and to the preservation of the Tibetan cultural heritage. Matthieu has been deeply involved in the work of the Mind & Life Institute for many years, and is a Founding Steward of the Mind & Life Institute.
Robert W. Roeser, PhD, MSW, is the Bennett Pierce Professor of Care, Compassion and Human Development at in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State University. He has a PhD from the Combined Program in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan (1996) and holds master’s degrees in religion and psychology, developmental psychology and clinical social work.
In 2005 and 2016 he was a United States Fulbright Scholar in India; from 1999-2004 he was a William T. Grant Faculty Scholar; and from 2006 to 2010 served as the Senior Program Coordinator for the Mind & Life Institute (Boulder, CO) and helped to coordinate the Mind & Life Education Research Network. He also served on the working group that designed the original Call to Care Curriculum for the Mind & Life Institute. He is a scientific advisor to the follow-on work of the Courage of Care Coalition and is currently serving on the planning committee for Mind & Life Institute’s 2018 Summer Research Institute.
Dr. Roeser’s scholarship and research is focused on schools as key cultural contexts of human development, and the use of contemplative practices in educational settings for school administrators and leaders, teachers and staff, and students. His laboratory is devoted to the study of the effects of mindfulness and compassion in education with regard to improving health and wellbeing, teaching and learning, and an equitable and compassion culture in education.
Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), an interdisciplinary research unit in Faculty of Medicine at UBC. Prior to her graduate work, Kim was a middle school teacher and then a teacher at an alternative high school for “at risk” adolescents. As a renowned expert in social and emotional learning, Kim’s research focuses on identification of the processes that foster positive human qualities including empathy, compassion, and altruism in children and adolescents. Kim serves as an advisor to the British Columbia Ministry Education on the redesign of the Curriculum and Assessment Framework that includes a focus on the promotion of students’ personal and social competencies. She is an Advisor to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development’s (OECD) Education 2030, a board member of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), and an advisor to the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. She is the recipient of the 2015 Joseph E. Zins Distinguished Scholar Award for outstanding research on SEL, and the 2009 Confederation of University Faculty Associations BC’s Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award in recognition of her sustained outstanding contributions to the community beyond the academy through research over the major portion of her career.
Aaron Stern is a composer, educator, internationally recognized consultant on learning, and the founder of the Santa Fe, New Mexico-based educational institution, the Academy for the Love of Learning. He conceived the Academy with musician Leonard Bernstein, and serves as its President and educational leader.
The Academy was founded as a “think and do tank” to develop, practice, foster research on, and disseminate its transformative learning methods, which are designed to activate the natural love of learning as a transformative practice in people of all ages. To accomplish this, the Academy offers a comprehensive set of programs grounded in its learning model and innovative awareness-based practices, offered through its various institutes, including the Institute for Teaching, Institute for Living Story, Institute for Foundation Studies, which offers the Academy’s pioneering leadership program, Leading by Being®, Institute for Organizational Learning, and others. Stern currently serves on the board of the Mind & Life Institute.
Tara Wilkie holds a PhD in cognitive psychology with a special focus on understanding different learning profiles. She has been a researcher, a classroom resource teacher, a special education consultant, a school psychologist and a university lecturer. Dr. Wilkie’s research has focused on the use of computers as cognitive tools and on the application of metacognitive learning strategies. Her clinical experience includes working with children and adolescents both in the classroom and in specialized settings.
Since 2015 Dr. Wilkie has been the Director of Social and Emotional Learning at the Peace Grantmakers Network (PGN), a group of philanthropic foundations, individual donors, and partner organizations working collaboratively in applied peace efforts and social harmony initiatives. As the director of SEL at PGN as well as its key resource person, Dr. Wilkie has been actively involved in the development of such applied peace initiatives as “Les Grandes Rencontres”. She also helped organize two key symposia for educators: “Creating Caring School Communities: Social Emotional Learning & Bullying Prevention” (February 2014) and “Research Meets Practice: Effective Tools to Prevent Bullying” (November 2014). Dr. Wilkie’s current focus is in the area of social emotional learning (SEL), bullying prevention, and creating caring school communities.
Dr. Wilkie co-developed “Ma Classe Zone de Paix”, a Non-Violent Communication-based Social and Emotional Learning school program. Since 2009 she has been teaching this program in French two days a week at École Bussonière, a primary school in Montreal. She also offers workshops and training on social emotional learning for teachers, parents, as well as school boards and maintains a private practice. Dr. Wilkie is the co-founder (with Sophie Boyer Langri) of the Institute of Social Emotional Education and the co-author of CS3 a K-8 curriculum. She lives in Montreal with her husband and two daughters.
Interpreter to His Holiness the Dalai Lama:
Thupten Jinpa Langri, PhD, was trained as a monk at the Shartse College of Ganden Monastic University in south India, where he received the Geshe Lharam degree. Jinpa also holds BA honors in philosophy and a PhD in religious studies, both from Cambridge University. He taught at Ganden monastery and worked also as a research fellow in Eastern religions at Girton College, Cambridge University. Jinpa has been the principal English translator to His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 1985 and has translated and edited numerous books by the Dalai Lama, including the “New York Times” bestsellers “Ethics for the New Millennium” and “The Art of Happiness,” as well as “Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World.” His own publications include, in addition to numerous works in Tibetan, translations of major Tibetan works featured in “The Library of Tibetan Classics” series as well as “Essential Mind Training, Self, Reality and Reason in Tibetan Philosophy,” and “Grains of Gold: Tales of a Tibetan Cosmopolitan” (co-edited with Donald S. Lopez Jr.) His latest book, released in May 2015, is “A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives.” He is the main author of CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training), an eight-week formal program developed at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), Stanford University. Jinpa is an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University, Montreal, the founder and president of the Institute of Tibetan Classics, Montreal, and the general series editor of its “The Library of Tibetan Classics” series. He has been board chair of the Mind & Life Institute from its inception, and since January 2012, the Chairman of its board. Jinpa lives in Montreal with his wife and two daughters.