Mind and Life XXII - Contemplative Science

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Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Morning Session

Afternoon Session

Session One (Day1-Morning): "Overview and Framework - Philosophical Perspectives from Hinduism and Buddhism".
Moderator: Daniel Goleman
Presenters: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tupten Jinpa and Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad
Discussants: Richard Davidson, Geshe Ngawang Samten and PN Tandon
Note: Due to technical difficulties, Session One is presently not available.

Session Two (Day1 - Afternoon): "Foundations for Scientific Understanding of Contemplative Practices - State of Research: Buddhism and Science
Moderator: Daniel Goleman
Presenters: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Matthieu Ricard and Richard Davidson
Discussants: Wolf Singer, John Dunne and Rajesh Kasturirangan

Session Three (Day2 - Morning): "Understanding Contemplative Practices: Vedanta - Review of Vedanta Practices and the Intersection with Science".
Moderator: John Dunne
Presenters: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Swami Atmapriyananda and Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad
Discussants: Wolf singer, Matthieu Ricard and Aditya Murthy

Session Four (Day2 - Afternoon): "Understanding Contemplative Practices: Yoga and Jain - Review of Jain and Yoga Practices, and the Intersection with Science
Moderator: Wolf singer
Presenters: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Muni Mahandra Kumar, BN Gangadhar, Shirley Telles
Discussants: HR Nagendra, Richard Davidson

Session Five (Day3 - Morning):
"Reflections, Integration, and Future Directions"
Moderator: Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath
Discussants: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, VS Ramamurthy, Kapila Vatsyayan, Richard Davidson, Wolf Singer


Tenzin Gyatso: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Swami Atmapriyananda:
Vice Chancellor of Ramakrishna Mission, Vivekananda University. Received his Ph.D. from the University of Madras, India in Theoretical Physics

Richard Davidson, Ph.D.: William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the W.M. Kreck Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience and the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

John Dunne, Ph.D.: Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Emory University, Co-Director of the Encyclopedia of Contemplative Practices and the Emory Collaborative for Contemplative Studies.

B.N. Gangadhar, M.D.: Professor of Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health and NeuroSciences (NIMHANS), heads the Advanced Center for Yoga at NIMHANS>

Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.: Psychologist and science writer, co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Intelligence at the University of Illinois, and co-director of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at Rutgers University.

Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D.: Principal English translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama for over 25 years. Adjunct professor at the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University, Montreal and a visiting scholar and an executive committee member at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), the School of Medicine, Stanford University.

Rajesh Kasturirangan, Ph.D.: Associate Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore.

Muni Mahendra Kumar: Jain monk and versatile scholar of diverse disciplines like Physics, Mathematics, Bioscience, and Philosophy.

Aditya Murthy, Ph.D.: Associate professor at the Centre for Neuroscience, Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.

Hongasandra Rama Rao Nagendra, Ph.D.: President of VYASA, Bagalore, VYASA, International, VYERTI, Melbourne, and Vice Chancellor of SVYASA Deemed University.

Geshe Ngawang Samtem: Vice Chancellor of Central University of Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varansi.

V.S. Ramamurthy, Ph.D.: Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore and Member of the National Security Advisory Board. He is a well know Indian nuclear scientist with a broad range of contributions form basic research to science administration.

Chakravarthi Ram Prasad, D.Phil.:
Professor of Comparative Religion and Philosophy, and Assciate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster University.

Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath, Ph.D.: Professor and Chairman of the Centre for Neuroscience at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Matthieu Ricard, Ph.D.: Buddhist monk and author, received a Ph.D. in Cellular Genetics at the Institut Pasteur, French interpreter for H.H. the Dalai Lama.

Wolf Singer, M.D., Ph.D.: Director of the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt and Founding Director of the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies and the Ernst Strungmann Institute for Brain Research.

P.N. Tandon, Ph.D.: President, National Brain Research Centre, Haryana, India.

Shirley Telles, M.B.B.S., M. Phil., Ph.D.: Director of Research at Patanjali Yogpeeth, Hardwar, India, and Head of the Indian Council of Medical Research Center for Advanced Research in Yoga and Neurophysiology at Bangalore.

Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan: Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Chairperson, IIC-Asia Project, India International Centre.


Mind and Life XXII - Contemplative Science Mind and Life XXII - "Contemplative Science: The Scientific Study of Contemplative Practice on Human Biology and Behavior". The conference brings together scientists, philosophers and contemplative scholars and practitioners to discuss the benefits of contemplative practice.

Venue: Habitat Center, New Delhi, India
Date: November 21st to 23rd, 2010
Duration: 5 sessions each approximately 1:45
Languages: English