Mind and Life Institute to Host the Dalai Lama in Partnership With Amherst and Smith Colleges and The University Of Massachusetts Amherst to Discuss Ethics and Education

A three-day visit by the Dalai Lama in October will include visits to three area colleges, will focus on a global framework for incorporating care and compassion into education, and will culminate in a public lecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Arthur Zajonc and Thupten Jinpa


(Hadley, Mass.) April 4, 2015 ​Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, will come to the Pioneer Valley with scheduled visits at three area colleges October 23-25, 2015. Hosted by the Hadley-based Mind & Life Institute, a non-profit dedicated to exploring the connection between science and contemplative studies, the Dalai Lama will make visits to Amherst and Smith Colleges as well as the University of Massachusetts Amherst, ending his visit with a public lecture at the Mullins Center.

The purpose of the visit is to focus on education, secular ethics and, specifically, an approach to incorporating care and compassion into the framework of education from K-12 through postgraduate education worldwide. This topic is one on which the Dalai Lama has been working with the Mind & Life Institute for several years, resulting in a global framework entitled, ​Call to Care​. (​www.mindandlife.org/care​). The visits to area colleges will include dialogues and presentations with faculty, national experts and students. His visit will culminate in a public presentation and forum at the Mullins Center for students, faculty and staff of the Five Colleges as well as the general public.

 "We are very honored to bring His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the area, and we are especially pleased to partner with our colleagues at Amherst, Smith and UMass on a topic that is so important to education at all levels, namely how to bring altruism and compassion more fully into the heart of our collective work," said Dr. Arthur Zajonc, President of the Mind & Life Institute. Dr. ​Zajonc was an Amherst College professor of physics for more than 30 years prior to his leadership of the Mind & Life Institute. Mind & Life has been working on the Call to Care project with Smith College’s Department of Education as well as with global partners in Europe, Israel and Asia.

Both Amherst and Smith College are resolving details of the events they will host for their respective campus communities, and will announce those details as soon as they are finalized, likely some time this summer. Specifics about the public lecture at the Mullins Center at UMass Amherst are also in the process of being finalized.

About the Mind & Life Institute

Since 1987 the Mind & Life Institute has been committed to building an integrative scientific understanding of the mind by fostering interdisciplinary, cross-cultural dialogue between science, philosophy, the humanities, and traditions that foster rigorous first-person contemplative inquiry. Insights from these dialogues and associated research can be used to help reduce suffering and to promote human flourishing, which are twin goals for the Mind & Life Institute.

Contact: MJ Viederman, (603) 759-0738,


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