The Dalai Lama Releases New Book on Climate Change
A new book, Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World, co-authored by the Dalai Lama and environmental journalist Franz Alt, champions the role of today’s youth in calling for climate action and urges voters and political decision-makers to stand up for a more climate-friendly world. The book speaks to the importance of balancing economic and ecological interests, of educating students in environmental ethics, of moderating consumptive patterns, and recognizing our fundamental interdependence.
Our Only Home elaborates on themes explored in Ecology, Ethics, and Interdependence: The Dalai Lama in Conversation with Leading Thinkers on Climate Change, summarizing Mind & Life’s 23rd Dialogue with the Dalai Lama.
Mind & Life will again examine the role of the human mind in healing our relationship with the earth in our 2021 Summer Research Institute, “The Mind, the Human-Earth Connection, and the Climate Crisis.”
As the year draws to a close, we’re happy to share a
special and uplifting conversation with Buddhist teacher, author, and psychologist Jack Kornfield. In his conversation with host Wendy Hasenkamp, Jack reflects on a range of topics, including how he's interpreting our current moment and what's needed most, connections between Buddhism and Western psychology in terms of healing, the problem of spiritual bypassing, how to work with difficulties through allowing and gratitude, the role of Buddhist ideas in activism and social justice work, and much more.
Make sure you’re subscribed to Mind & Life on your favorite podcast player, so you don’t miss any of Season 2! Coming in mid-January...
Join us on December 16 from 2-3:30pm ET for the next conversation in our Inspiring Minds series of live discussions offering wisdom for our times. Each month, we bring together thought leaders and contemplatives to engage with one another and the audience in exploring the role of the mind in human flourishing.
Our next event, “Finding Connections: Pathways to Embodied Wisdom,” features Peter Wayne and Willa Blythe Baker, along with sitarist Srinivas Reddy. Among the topics we’ll explore are:
How transdisciplinary approaches inform mind-body and integrative medicine research and clinical care; and
Embodied practices (e.g., Tai Chi, Qigong, somatic-oriented meditation, yoga) for accessing the wisdom of the body
The program will begin with a distinguished presentation from Peter Wayne, who is the recipient of Mind & Life’s 2020 Catherine Kerr Award for Courageous and Compassionate Science. Read more about his work on our blog.
A recording will be made available afterwards. We hope you can join us for an afternoon of inspiration, connection, and community building!
Bridging Psychology and Contemplative Practice to Benefit Hearts and Minds Today
Meditation practitioners in modern cultures face a challenging task between seemingly competing forces. On one hand, contemplative practices need to be adapted so they can effectively serve and transform the hearts and minds of people in modern cultures. On the other, there is a need to understand and preserve key elements of the cultural contexts in which contemplative practices have been traditionally embedded because those cultural contexts contain integral forms of practice.
Through close collaboration, Paul Condon asserts, people with expertise in both contemplative traditions and science can use science to help discern and recover valuable elements of traditional cultures for people with modern upbringings.
SRI 2021 to Focus on Reawakening Our Relationship with the Earth
Mind & Life’s 2021 Summer Research Institute (SRI), now in its 18th year, will explore how the union of contemplative wisdom and science can lead to greater awareness of the interconnectedness of all life, and the relationship between earth care and human health and cooperation.
Often referred to as a “unique place,” with possibilities to “participate without feeling judged, and where every opinion is held and considered,” the SRI is a weeklong immersive program that brings together primarily young scholars, changemakers, and practitioners to engage in deep dialogue across disciplines as well as inquiry through first-person reflection and contemplative practice and arts.
With guidance from prominent scholars and practitioners, including Christiana Figueres, Dr. Elke Weber, Dr. Matthieu Ricard, and Roshi Joan Halifax, we will seek to reawaken our relationship with the earth and all its inhabitants, while reigniting our collective responsibility as stewards of our planetary future.
Applications open late December/early January and close on February 26. Please check the website for updates.
We are seeking an Administrative Associate. This position will provide support for various departments, including office and fundraising administration; contribute to live and virtual events; and serve on the workplace culture crew. Come grow with us and be part of a dynamic team seeking to bridge science and contemplative wisdom to better understand the mind and promote positive change in the world!