Drepung Lachi, Mundgod, Karnataka, India, 20 January 2013 - The pattern of this meeting has been for there to be morning and afternoon sessions in the Drepung Lachi Monastery during which several scientists and scholars have made their presentations and there is some time for questions and discussion. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has participated in all these sessions so far with attentive interest. There has been an opportunity for members of the audience to ask the presenters questions every day following the afternoon session. Today, this will take place in the Drepung Loseling assembly hall where several thousand monastics have been following the proceedings. There is also to be a special opportunity for nuns to meet and hold discussions with the female scholars and scientists in the Mind & Life group.
Today, the overall topic was the nature of consciousness. Christof Koch, who has pioneered the scientific investigation of consciousness, opened with an acknowledgement that he belonged to a tradition that has included Plato, Descartes, Darwin and his own mentor, Francis Crick. He said,
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Christof Koch during the fourth day of the Mind and Life XXVI meeting at Drepung Monastery in Mundgod, India, on January 20, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|Mathieu Ricard presenting the Buddhist perspective to consciousness during the fourth day of the Mind and Life XXVI meeting at Drepung Monastery in Mundgod, India, on January 20, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|