Meditation: “A Guided Compassion Meditation”

Drawing on CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training), a protocol developed at Stanford and widely studied, in this session Thupten Jinpa will lead through a guided practice focusing on two key themes: Setting your Intention and Connecting with Our Common Humanity. The guided practice will be interspersed with brief explanations of key constructs, their rationale, and underlying theory of change, …

Panel Discussion: “What Does Spirituality Mean To US?”

People across the U.S. have shared their personal experiences and perspectives about spirituality and religion in a national research study completed this year. Commissioned by the Fetzer Institute, the study aimed to learn more about the beliefs, behaviors, and benefits that undergird people’s spiritual and religious identification, and their relationship to community and civic life. …

Keynote and Q&A: “Contemplative Studies: An Ecological Methodology for Multidisciplinarity”

Building on the conception of ‘ecological phenomenology’ that Maria Heim and Ram have developed, and which he has written about in his recent book, he will share that there is a deep ‘ecological’ conception of being human in the contemplative traditions that could provide a paradigm for looking at the disciplinary and reflexive phenomenology of …

On the Dalai Lama’s Birthday, a New Film Calls Us to Embrace Our Shared Humanity

To celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday on July 6th, Mind & Life is pleased to announce the release of a new film, “Evolution of the Heart.” The film pays tribute to the Dalai Lama’s lifelong spirit of inquiry and values he has long championed: compassion, forgiveness, cooperation, altruism, and kindness.  The documentary chronicles profound conversations …