Mind Matters

In 2020, we decided to invite our wider community to participate in live events with talks by internationally renowned speakers like Richard J. Davidson, Roshi Joan Halifax and Matthieu Ricard.

Under the title 'Mind Matters', we are offering publicly accessible talks on a quarterly basis. This interactive format consists of two parts: a presentation (30 mins) and a Q&A session (30 mins).

 

Overview

February 17, 2021

MLE 'Mind Matters' series: "A Plea for All-Inclusive Altruism"

featuring Matthieu Ricard

online
November 12, 2020

MLE 'Mind Matters' series: "Well-Being is a Skill"

featuring Richard R. Davidson

online
August 1, 2020

MLE 'Mind Matters' series: "Standing at the Edge"

featuring Roshi Joan Halifax and Amy Cohen Varela

online

 

Recordings of the 'Mind Matters' events

Matthieu Ricard | "A Plea for All-Inclusive Altruism"


This talk of Matthieu Ricard (MLE Honorary Board Member) was streamed live on February 17, 2021 on the topic of "A Plea for All-Inclusive Altruism".

About the online event: A Plea for All-Inclusive Altruism. We need a unifying concept to face the multiple challenges of the 21st century. Having more consideration for others, altruism, can allow us to have an all-inclusive approach to alleviate poverty in the midst of plenty, to care for our environment and to take seriously in consideration the fate of future generations (even though we will not be there). We must also include in our preoccupations and action the fate of the eight million other species who are our co-citizens on the planet and whose populations are shrinking at soaring speed. 

Richard J. Davidson | "Well-Being is a Skill"


This talk of Richard J. Davidson (William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder & Director of the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison) was streamed live on November 12, 2020 on the topic of "Well-Being is a Skill".

About the online event: Well-Being is a Skill. This talk considered scientific evidence that suggests that we can change our brains by transforming our minds and cultivate habits of mind that will improve well-being. These include happiness, resilience, compassion and emotional balance. These mental training strategies can be used to improve the well-being of children, teachers, parents and ultimately communities. The talk provided an overview of neuroscientifically validated constituents of well-being and will illustrate how each of these is rooted in specific brain circuits that exhibit plasticity and thus can be modified through training. These practices can be applied in a wide range of contexts and have the potential to positively impact social change.

Roshi Joan Halifax and Amy Cohen Varela | "Standing at the Edge"


This exclusive MLE interview was streamed live on August 1, 2020. Themed "Standing at the Edge", Roshi Joan Halifax (MLE Honorary Board Member) was interviewed by Amy Cohen Varela (MLE Board Chair).

About the online event: Roshi Joan Halifax is a Zen Buddhist teacher, anthropologist, activist and Founder, Abbot and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At this exclusive event she was be talking to Amy Cohen Varela about her history as an activist, contemplative teacher and leader, her longstanding relationship with Mind and Life, and what it means to “stand at the edge” in the times of uncertainty and impermanence we are experiencing today.