Dalai Lama unable to attend Mind & Life Dialogue in Botswana

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia, USA, 11 August 2017 — The Private Office of the 14th Dalai Lama informed the Mind & Life Institute today that due to health reasons, His Holiness is unable to travel to Botswana.

The Mind & Life Dialogue will continue as scheduled at Botho University in Gaborone, Botswana.

In a statement, the Dalai Lama said, “I was very much looking forward to coming to Africa again and visiting your country. I was especially interested in taking part in discussions of Ubuntu, which I feel reflects my fundamental belief that we are all interdependent and need to conduct ourselves with a sense of universal responsibility. Despite my absence, I am urging the conference organizers to continue with their plans, to hold valuable discussion and publish the results.”

Examining African values and healing practices in light of new scientific research on social connection and trauma, the Mind & Life Dialogue in Botswana explores the potential of Botho/Ubuntu as a framework for healing the legacy and trauma of wars and colonialism, and advancing social justice and women’s equality.

The Mind & Life Institute is a nonprofit organization founded in 1991, providing grant funding for research projects and think tanks, and hosting academic conferences and Dialogues with the 14th Dalai Lama. Its mission is to alleviate suffering and promote flourishing by advancing the interdisciplinary field of contemplative sciences, deepening understanding of the mind, and promoting evidence-based applications of meditative practices in real-world contexts.


Donald J. Crotteau
Communications Director

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