Drepung Lachi, Mundgod, Karnataka, India, 21 January 2013 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama came to the Mind & Life meeting today, his shoulders draped with a green shawl that he explained he had been given by people who had just met him seeking his support for the local polio vaccination campaign. He laughed to see that the day’s first presenter, Sona Dimidjian, was wearing almost exactly the same colour.
Moderator Diana Chapman Walsh reviewed what has been covered so far at these meetings and recalled yesterday’s deliberations: Christof wants to measure everything, the Frenchmen want to possess the space and Arthur, as ever, wants to build a bridge. After scientists have discussed how contemplative practice can affect the brain and body, we also need to know how they can affect how we live. She said that in the morning, Sona Dimidjian, Arthur Zajonc and Geshe Ngawang would each speak about contemplative practice in the world. In the afternoon, in the context of promoting human development, James Doty would speak about Compassion Cultivation Training at Stanford University; Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi would speak about Cognitively-Based Compassion Training, a secular programme and Aaron Stern, a musician, would speak about the Academy for the Love of Learning.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeting Sona Dimidjian before her presentation at the Mind and Life XXVI conference at Drepung Monastery in Mundgod, India, on January 21, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|Geshe Ngawang Samten making his presentation at the Mind and Life XXVI conference at Drepung Monastery in Mundgod, India, on January 21, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|