Earlier this month Amy Cohen Varela, Mind & Life Europe's Chairperson, attended the latest Mind & Life Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India. She shares her experience in the following report. On Monday morning, March 12, the sun was brilliant and the air crisp as members of the Mind and Life community made their way up the path to the Tsuglagkhang, the Tibetan Temple by the Dalai Lama's residence in Dharamsala, India. This was the first of five days of 'Reimagining Human Flourishing', the 33rd Mind and Life Dialogue. The program, co-chaired by Richard Davidson and Thupten Jinpa, ...
‘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 ...