The start of Mind & Life

During the 1980s His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, neuroscientist Francisco Varela and businessman Adam Engle shared a vision to make science more humane and advance progress in human well-being. They understood that science had become the dominant framework for investigating the nature of reality and the modern source of knowledge to improve the lives of humans and the planet, however, they regarded this approach to be incomplete.

All three were convinced that well-refined contemplative practices and introspective methods could, and should, be used as equal instruments of investigation - instruments that would not only make science itself more humane but also ensure its conclusions were far-reaching.

They formed the Mind & Life Institute in 1987 to bridge this divide and advance progress in human well-being. Over the past 30 years, Mind & Life has become more than just a leader in the field of contemplative science; it has become an incubator for discovery in all of the fields this new science touches. 

Mind & Life Europe

To further their cause in Europe, Mind & Life Europe was established in 2008. We are based in Switzerland and develop activities all over Europe. We strive to bridge and integrate contemplative wisdom and practices with modern research capabilities and bring a new wave of initiatives into the European science community.