ESRI 2017: ‘Exploring experience brings us to the heart of contemplation’

Andreas Roepstorff (chair of the planning committee) and Nathalie Legros (chair of the community building committee) are both at the heart of Mind and Life Europe’s European Summer Research Institute (ESRI). We got them together to talk about this year’s edition ‘Exploring Experience’. When did you join the European Summer Research Institute? Nathalie: I’m rather new to ESRI. In 2016, I was invited as a speaker to share my experiences of contemplative practices in a working environment. This year, I am involved in the planning committee and in the community building committee because I believe in the community dimension and more ...

‘This workshop model is the future of contemplative science.’

In June, one of Mind and Life Europe’s Communities, the "Initiative for Contemplative Phenomenology", organised its first public meeting. A group of thirty philosophers, psychologists, neuro-cognitive scientists and medical doctors, all practitioners of meditation in various traditions, gathered in France to explore and describe their lived experience of contemplative states. ‘The workshop was a great opportunity to go deeper into meditative experience and to engage with pioneers, smart, kind, and rigorous thinkers, therapists and researchers interested in a non-reductionist look at conscious experience.’ Workshop participant Describing state of consciousness from within Most Western scientific approaches to contemplative disciplines investigate meditation more ...