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Conferences of Interest

International Symposia for Contemplative Studies
October 30 - November 2, 2014 • Boston, MA

2014 Summer Research Institute:
Transforming Craving
This SRI examined the issue of craving and its possible transformation. Drawing on research in both the sciences and the humanities, including neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, religion, and contemplative studies, the event featured presentations on the biological and experiential aspects of craving and desire, the role of intention or volition in mediating our response to craving, and the possibilities for transformation that are held within the fundamental nature of desire. It also examinined how craving, attachment, and desire can be a hindrance to the full potential for human development and flourishing, and explored contemplative practices to help remediate problems stemming from craving, ranging from negative mental patterns to drug addiction.

2013 Dialogues with the Dalai Lama, Mind and Life XXVII:
Craving, Desire, and Addiction
June 2013 • Dharamsala, India

2013 Summer Research Institute:
Mapping the Mind
Drawing on research in neuroscience, basic psychological science, clinical psychology, philosophy, and contemplative studies, this SRI focused on the effort to develop comprehensive maps of the mind and its potential for development and transformation. Such an effort includes the development of rich conceptual, phenomenological, and scientifically based taxonomies of mental processes, as well as scientific investigations aimed at understanding functional interrelations between key cognitive, affective, and volitional processes and their behavioral expressions. From this knowledge, important implications for translational research in clinical, educational, and other social domains can be discovered.

2013 Dialogues with the Dalai Lama, Mind and Life XXVI
Mind, Brain, and Matter: Critical Conversations Between Buddhist Thought and Science
January 17-22, 2013 • Drepung Monastery, Mundgod, India

2012 Dialogues with the Dalai Lama, Mind and Life XXV:
Contemplative Practice and Health: Laboratory Findings and Real World Challenges
October 20, 2012 • New York, New York

2012 Summer Research Institute:
The Situated and Embodied Mind
The 2012 SRI was devoted to the theme, “The Situated and Embodied Mind.” Drawing on research in neuroscience, basic psychological science, clinical psychology, philosophy, and contemplative studies, this SRI focused on ways to integrate the study of embodied and situated cognition and emotion into contemplative science. Special attention was given to the role of the body in contemplative practices, and to biobehavioral investigations of these practices that go beyond exclusive focus on the brain.

2012 Dialogues with the Dalai Lama, Mind and Life XXIV:
Latest Findings in Contemplative Neuroscience
2012 • Rochester, Minnesota

International Symposia for Contemplative Studies
April 26-29, 2012 • Denver, Colorado

Mind and Life XXIII:
Ecology, Ethics and Interdependencece
October 17-21, 2011 • Dharamsala, India

Mind & Life Summer Research Institute:
New Frontiers in Contemplative Science
June 12-18, 2011 • Garrison, New York

Center for Mindfulness:
International Mindfulness Conference for Clinicians, Researchers and Educators
March 30-April 3, 2011 • Worcester, Massachusetts

Mind & LIfe XXII:
Contemplative Science:
The Scientific Investigation of the Effects of Contemplative Practices on Human Biology and Behavior

November 19–21, 2010 • New Delhi, India

Upaya Zen Center:
ZEN BRAIN: Zen Practice and the Emerging Science of Alleviating Suffering
July 28 - August, 2010 • Santa Fe, New Mexico

Mind & Life Summer Research Institute:
Human Development, Education and Contemplative Practice: 
Questions, Challenges and Opportunities

June 14-20, 2010 • Garrison, New York

Mind & Life XX:
Altruism and Compassion in Economic Systems: 
A Dialogue at the Interface of Economics, Neuroscience and Contemplative Sciences
April 9–11, 2010 • Zurich, Switzerland