Summer Research Institute
2019 Summer Research Institute
Exploring Mental Habits: Contemplative Practices and Interventions for Individual and Social Flourishing
Garrison, New York | June 8 – 14, 2019
Application period: December 6, 2018 – January 21, 2019
The Mind & Life Summer Research Institute (SRI), now in its sixteenth year, is a week-long immersive, residential program held annually at the Garrison Institute in New York designed to foster collaborative research across the sciences and humanities, based on a process of inquiry and dialogue with contemplative practitioners and professionals engaged in applied work. The long-term objective is to advance the training of interdisciplinary scholars and practitioners interested in exploring the influence of contemplative practice on mind and behavior, brain function and health, including the potential role of contemplative methods in shaping and enriching human experience, society, and consciousness. The program incorporates academic presentations, informal breakout groups, poster presentations, and regular contemplative sessions, including daily yoga and a full-day silent retreat. This program is designed to provide opportunities for deep dialogue across disciplines as well as inquiry through first-person reflection and meditation practice. SRI participants become eligible to apply for the Mind & Life Francisco J. Varela Research Grants.
The goals of the Mind & Life Summer Research Institute are:
- To cultivate strategic dialogue between neuroscientists, clinical scientists, other scientists of mind and behavior, humanities scholars, and contemplative scholars/practitioners to develop new research collaborations that explore the mind from an integrative perspective, including first-, second-, and third-person approaches, and the effect of contemplative practices on mind, behavior, brain, and health.
- To create a context for this dialogue that embodies a contemplative orientation via meditation and yoga instruction, daily contemplative practice periods, a full day of silent contemplative retreat, and a closing reception.
- To foster a new generation of nascent scientists (graduate students and postdocs) and contemplative scholars and practitioners interested in innovation and collaboration in research into contemplative practices.
- To catalyze the field of contemplative sciences, focusing on the study of how contemplative practices engender effects on brain, mind and behavior, and how these effects are conditioned by culture, history, and other contextual variables.
- To examine and train in emerging methods and best practices, future opportunities, and challenges within the contemplative sciences.
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