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"Mind & Life Europe's contribution is a unique alchemy"

Cornelius Pietzner served as Vice President of the Board of Mind & Life Europe since its re-activation in 2011.  During the reorganization of MLE in 2014, Pietzner was asked to take on the position of Managing Director. He stepped back from the Board in early 2015 to concentrate on the various operational tasks of Mind & Life Europe. How does he perceive MLE's contribution and future?

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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.

Mind & Life video interviews

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

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

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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.

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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