Ouroboros 2021 is back with Part 2!

After the Summer break, we started the second season with lectures by Antoine Lutz (September 1) and Michel Bitbol (September 15).

Themed "Life and Work of Francisco Varela", this lecture series is co-organized with Metanoia (Slovenia) and live-streamed on our MLE YouTube channel.

Live webinar with the Dalai Lama (June 9)

We are grateful for the insightful and inspiring event 'Dialogue for a Better World Remembering Francisco Varela'.

Pier Luigi Luisi, Amy Cohen Varela and Elena Antonova entered into a shared space of remembering Francisco and of dialogue on friendship and its effects on the world.

'Francisco & Friends' webinars continue!

In the context of our celebratory year, we center this series on the themes of friendship and relationship linked with Francisco Varela.

We have invited friends and colleagues of Francisco, amongst them Jon Kabat-Zinn (September 9) and Roshi Joan Halifax (September 23).

A catalyst for human flourishing

How to understand the mind and cultivate the heart

Every day, we support vital work that transforms our scientific understanding of the human mind and its capacity to develop positive mental states. We believe that when contemplative wisdom and practices are fully integrated into modern day science it has the power to act as a catalyst for human and societal flourishing. This is the promise of what we call contemplative science.

The main message, to me, is the importance for human beings to learn how to become experts on their own mind. -- Francisco J. Varela

Together with the world’s leading scientists, contemplative scholars, and healthcare, educational and management practitioners, we create an open and interdisciplinary dialogue between modern sciences and contemplative practices and share our findings with the world.

MLE Initiative: Education

We cultivate a contemplative and mindfulness based education with our Community of Contemplative Education (CCE) that includes members from all over Europe.

Films on climate change

We are excited to share with you the series of films "Climate Emergency - Feedback Loops" produced by Barry Hershey (MLE Association member) and narrated by Richard Gere.

MLE Friends

Join our MLE Friends community to meet like-minded people and seek to foster contemplative science. Enjoy benefits like exclusive webinars and discounts on MLE events.

ESRI 2020 (online)

In 2020, we held the first ever online European Summer Research Institute (ESRI). Themed "Grounding Knowledge in Uncertainty" more than 100 participants from 27 countries joined the event.

CSS 2019

The Contemplative Science Symposium themed "Beyond Confines - Integrating Society, Consciousness and Society" took place in October 2019 in Fürstenfeldbruck (near Munich, Germany).

MLE Retreat

Following our Symposium in 2019, we held our first MLE Retreat for young researchers in Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany.
Our last MLE Retreat took place online on February 12-14, 2021.