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Mind and Life Institute
Type Non-profit
Founded 1990
Website http://www.mindandlife.org/index.html

The Mind and Life Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring the relationship of science and Buddhism as methodologies in understanding the nature of reality. The institute has affiliates including notable scientists, and Buddhist practitioners, the most notable of which is Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama.



Joan Halifax with Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, at the XIVth Mind and Life Institute conference, 2007, Dharamsala

The 14th Dalai Lama is interested in science since a long time ago[1]. In 1973, he visited the astrophysics laboratory of Cambridge University. Ten years later, he participated to the conference Alpbach Symposia on Consciousness – where he met Francisco J. Varela. They had several discussions later on. At the time of a visit of the Dalai Lama in France, he proposed him to consecrate a week to him in Dharamsala in the north of India. Varela met also R. Adam Engle, who also wished exactly such an exchange. This was the origin of the first week of discussions between scientists and the Dalai Lama. After the 3rd lectures Mind and Life Institute was founded.

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Mind and Life Conferences


1987 : Mind and Life I

Dialogues between Buddhism & the Cognitive Sciences Dharamsala, India

1989 : Mind and Life II

Dialogues between Buddhism & the Neurosciences Newport Beach, California, USA

1990 : Mind and Life III

Emotions & Health Dharamsala, India

1992 : Mind and Life IV

Sleeping, Dreaming, & Dying Dharamsala, India

1995 : Mind and Life V

Altruism, Ethics, & Compassion Dharamsala, India

1997 : Mind and Life VI

The New Physics & Cosmology Dharamsala, India

1998 : Mind and Life VII

Epistemological Questions in Quantum Physics and Eastern Contemplative Sciences Innsbruck, Austria

2000 : Mind and Life VIII

Destructive Emotions Dharamsala, India

2001 : Mind and Life IX

Transformations of Mind, Brain & Emotion Madison, Wisconsin, USA

2002 : Mind and Life X

The Nature of Matter, The Nature of Life Dharamsala, India

2003 : Mind and Life XI

Investigating the Mind Cambridge, MA, USA

2004 : Mind and Life XII

Neuroplasticity: The Neuronal Substrates of Learning and Transformation Dharamsala, India

2005 : Mind and Life XIII

The Science and Clinical Applications of Meditation Washington DC, USA

2007 : Mind and Life XIV

A Dialogue on The Universe in a Single Atom Dharamsala, India

2007 : Mind and Life XV

Mindfulness, Compassion, and the Treatment of Depression October 20, 2007 — Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

2009 : Mind and Life XVIII

Attention, Memory and the Mind: A Synergy of Psychological, Neuroscientific, and Contemplative Perspectives with His Holiness The Dalai Lama April 6-10, 2009 — Dharamsala, India

2009 : Mind and Life XIX

Educating World Citizens for the 21st Century: Educators, Scientists and Contemplatives Dialogue on Cultivating a Healthy Mind, Brain and Heart October 8-9, 2009 — Washington D.C., USA

2010 : Mind and Life XX

Altruism and Compassion in Economic Systems: Dialogue between Economics, Neuroscience and Contemplative Sciences April 9-11, 2010 — Zurich, Switzerland.


  1. ^ Tibetan Monks Learn Secrets of the Gene
  2. ^ Passerelles, entretiens avec des scientifiques sur la nature de l'esprit, Albin Michel 1995, Poche : Albin Michel 2000 (ISBN 2226115102)
  3. ^ Le Pouvoir de l'esprit Entretiens avec des scientifiques, Dalaï Lama XIV, Editions Fayard, 09/2000, (ISBN 221360715X)
  4. ^ Quand l'esprit dialogue avec le corps, Daniel Goleman, Editeur Guy Trédaniel 11/1998 (ISBN : 9782857079262)
  5. ^ Dormir, rêver, mourir, explorer la conscience avec le Dalaï Lama, Francisco J. Varela, Claude Levenson, Nil éditions 1998 (ISBN 2841110990)
  6. ^ Surmonter les émotions destructrices, Un dialogue scientifique avec le Dalaï Lama , Dalaï-Lama, Daniel Goleman, Editeur Robert Laffont, octobre 2003 (ISBN 2221093011)
  • Sharon Begley, Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves, Ballantine, January 2007 ISBN 978-1-4000-6390-1
  • Gentle Bridges: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on the Sciences of Mind Edited by Jeremy W. Hayward and Francisco J. Varela Shambhala Publications
  • Anne Harrington and Arthur Zajonc, The Dalai Lama at MIT, Harvard University Press 2006, ISBN 0674023196

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