Mind & Life — Early Dialogues with the Dalai Lama

A documentary by Franz Reichle & Juliette Forster, 80 Minutes - 2017

The systematic exploration of consciousness has a longstanding tradition stretching over hundreds of years in Tibetan philosophy. Since 1987 dialogues between Francisco Varela, other Western scientists and the Dalai Lama have been conducted regularly; with topics like healing and destructive emotions, the state of consciousness during sleeping, dreaming and dying etc.. These dialogues open up new paths of knowledge building bridges between Western scientific and Tibetan buddhist thinking, which are highly relevant and meaningful for today and for the future.

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H.H. the Dalai Lama dedicates his Liberty Medal to the Mind & Life Institute

In 2015, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was awarded the Liberty Medal. In his absence, the award was received by actor and friend Richard Gere, Mind and Life Chair Thupten Jinpa, interim Mind and Life president Carolyn Jacobs, and Mind & Life Institute board member Richard Davidson. In this video, His Holiness expresses his gratitude and dedicates his award to the Mind & Life Institute.

The Neuroscience of Compassion

Can training our brains help make the world a better place? In this video for the World Economic Forum in 2015, 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. 

Raising Compassion

Raising Compassion brings together a diverse group of neuroscientists, mental health professionals, and Buddhist monks. Through informal conversations they establish a remarkable exchange between science, art, and contemplative practice about compassion. The movie was initiated by neuroscientist Tania Singer and artist Olafur Eliasson in 2011. More information and see the movie