News on the Evolution of the Heart film, human-earth connection presentations, and Mind & Life Service Award
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"Evolution of the Heart" Film Release to Honor the Dalai Lama's Birthday


On July 6, Mind & Life will honor the Dalai Lama's birthday with the release of "Evolution of the Heart." The 36-minute film chronicles conversations between the Dalai Lama, evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson, and social scientist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela. The film emerged from a 2019 Mind & Life event, “Conversations on Compassion, Interconnection, and Transformation,” held in Dharamsala, India.
 
The film explores questions at the heart of the human condition. Can we consciously evolve to be kinder and more compassionate? How do we reconcile the needs of the individual with those of society? And what makes true forgiveness possible? David points to a sea change that has occurred in evolutionary science toward a focus on altruism and prosociality. Pumla describes the African philosophy of ubuntu that laid the groundwork for healing in the aftermath of apartheid in South Africa. All three speakers point to steps each of us can take to advance the Dalai Lama’s call to create an "ethics for the whole world."   
 
The film will be available—for free—on Mind & Life's website beginning July 6th. 

Watch the trailer »

Free Recordings from Roshi Joan Halifax and Vandana Shiva on Human-Earth Connection


Thanks to everyone who joined us last week for our event “The Mind, the Human-Earth Connection, and the Climate Crisis.” We were inspired by the outpouring of interest and enthusiasm for the event, which engaged 900+ attendees from over 30 countries. Planetary healing is work we must do together. In that spirit, we are sharing two sessions for free:

  • Hear teacher and Mind & Life Founding Steward Roshi Joan Halifax in her presentation on integrity and moral suffering in relation to climate change and human health. 
  • Listen to scholar and environmental activist Vandana Shiva speak about Earth Democracy and how protecting the rights of the Earth provides for the well-being of everyone. 
Learn more »

Mind & Life Honors #PrideMonth


Throughout the year, Mind & Life is working to cultivate inclusivity and diversity in our organization and the field of contemplative research. In honor of Pride Month this June, we are sharing insights from recent grantees, event faculty, and Fellows that advocate for honoring the LGBTQ community in research, healthcare, and contemplative spaces, and resources for sustaining well-being for those engaging in social justice work. We hope you’ll follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for videos, highlights, articles, and news on upcoming retreats!

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Congratulations to Rob Roeser, Recipient of the Mind & Life Service Award


In recognition of his invaluable contributions and countless hours of volunteer service, Rob Roeser is being honored with Mind & Life’s Annual Service Award. “Rob has brought great warmth and intellectual rigor to his many roles with Mind & Life—making people feel at home and creating the space for deep connections and powerful insights to emerge,” said Mind & Life President Susan Bauer-Wu, who presented the award on June 11 at the 2021 Summer Research Institute. “Rob deeply embodies our values of compassion, integrity, curiosity, inclusion, and excellence.”
Read more on the blog »

Podcast Survey

Have you been enjoying the Mind & Life podcast? Do you have ideas for future episodes? We want to hear from you! 
 
Take our brief listener feedback survey, and be entered to win a signed copy of host Wendy Hasenkamp’s "The Monastery and the Microscope"—an illuminating record of dialogues between the Dalai Lama and some of today’s most prominent scientists, philosophers, and contemplatives! Listen to the latest episodes or revisit a favorite here.
 
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Your feedback will help make the show even better!

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"MISSION: JOY - Finding Happiness in Troubled Times" - Watch Now!
Purchase a ticket to watch this newly released film based on the dear friendship between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The film recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is available to watch from home through June 23rd.

Mind Matters "What's Beyond Mindfulness?" - June 17
Register for the next event in Mind & Life Europe's Mind Matters series, "What's Beyond Mindfulness?" featuring Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. The presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session.

Virtual Retreat: The Light of Love in the Shadow of Grief - July 10
Join Mind & Life Institute President Susan Bauer-Wu and Frank Ostaseki for a virtual retreat from the Garrison Institute focusing on how to move from the shadow of grief into the light of loving awareness to feel whole again.
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