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Excerpts from the forthcoming documentary MIND and LIFE by Franz Reichle, on issues of meditation, science and mindfulness practice, are now available on

In this video, His Holiness the Dalai Lama talks about the inner potential of all human beings, and how to explore this potential.

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The Neuroscience of Compassion

Can training our brains help make the world a better place? In this video for the World Economic Forum, Tania Singer, Mind and Life Europe Board member, shows how our decision making is driven by a set of psychological motivations - from power to fear - that can be altered to help us make better decisions for society and for our health.

Interview with Amy Cohen Varela, Chair of the Board

Amy Cohen Varela has been involved with Mind & Life since its inception. As Chair of Mind & Life Europe, what is her vision for the organization's future and its contribution to the world of contemplative science, taking into account the specificity of the European context?

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Matthieu Ricard on PBS

In an interview with Tavis Smiley on PBS, Mind & Life Europe Board member Matthieu Ricard talks about altruism, compassion, and caring economics:

A European core with a global reach

Mind and Life Europe (MLE) is a non-profit organization committed to building a scientific understanding of the mind as a way to help reduce suffering and promote human flourishing, based on an integrated mode of knowing that combines the world's contemplative traditions with methods and findings from contemporary scientific inquiry.

In this regard, Mind and Life Europe is an integrative part of the global Mind and Life strategy to build and support Contemplative Science and Contemplative Studies at an international and interdisciplinary level. Established to further expand related activities in Europe of the Mind and Life Institute (, in response to increased interest from individuals and institutions, Mind and Life Europe assesses needs, implements strategies, and facilitates programs to help advance the study of consciousness and contemplative practices, specifically in Europe.

Free eBook: Compassion

Almost everything there is to know about compassion in a free multimedia eBook! The eBook: Compassion. Bridging Practice and Science by Mind & Life Europe Board member Tania Singer and Matthias Bolz describes existing secular compassion training programs and empirical research as well as the experiences of practitioners. The eBook includes video clips and a selection of original sound collages by Nathalie Singer, and artistic images by Olafur Eliasson.

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Raising Compassion

Raising Compassion brings together a diverse group of neuroscientists, mental health professionals, and Buddhist monks in a remarkable exchange between science, art, and contemplative practice, in a series of informal conversations about compassion initiated by neuroscientist Tania Singer and artist Olafur Eliasson.

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A Force for Good
In his new book A Force for Good, New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence and Mind & Life Institute Board member Daniel Goleman outlines His Holiness XIV Dalai Lama's singular vision for transforming the world in practical and positive ways.
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European Summer Research Institute
Applications are now closed for the 2015 session. All applicants have been informed by May 15th, 2015, as to the status of their applications.

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