As this is a time of giving, we hope you will consider offering your
support to our work at the Mind and Life Institute. Last month's Mind and
Life XIII conference in Washington, DC was extremely well received and we feel we are at a critical juncture in expanding our impact in bridging science and contemplative practice. Your support ensures that our work will continue.
We now recognize that our work at the Mind and Life Institute is no longer
limited to dialogue and understanding. Equally, and even more important, is the need to translate these understandings into programs, interventions and tools that will bring tangible benefit into people's lives.
In the coming year, the Mind and Life Institute will be sponsoring several
meetings to continue the important work of creating and maintaining healthy minds:
April - Mind and Life XIV, with the Dalai Lama in India
June - Summer Research Institute in Garrison, NY
September - Public Talk by the Dalai Lama in Denver, CO
November - Mind and Life XV with the Dalai Lama in Japan
Additionally, Mind and Life is facilitating a major initiative in the field
of Mindfulness in Education. The goal of this initiative is to develop
practical tools for everyday use in our schools that foster mindfulness in
№9751Добавлено: Ср 18 Янв 06, 17:57 (13 лет тому назад)Re: Предновогоднее послание директора MLI
Ну послал так послал!
Всем оказывается денюжки нужны!
Лучше пожертвовать на общество "Свободный Тибет", чем на не известно что и не известно кому.
Юра, вы бы лучше не пОстили такие простыни, а давали коротко суть плюс ссылка - этого достаточно. Это же не газета, а форум, здесь обычно говорят коротко и по делу (или без дела, но все равно коротко). Думаете кто-то все это читает? _________________ от имха слышу...
№9911Добавлено: Пт 20 Янв 06, 16:17 (13 лет тому назад)
В завершение посвящения Калачакры, «благоприятного события, которое состоялось в священном месте Амаравати», Его Святейшество Далай-лама дал заключительные наставления каждой из групп своих многочисленных последователю. Обращаясь к монахам и монахиням он, в частности, посоветовал Сангхе изучать не только буддийскую Дхарму, но также знакомиться с результатами научных изысканий. «Мы должны быть практиками XXI века, - отметил он. - До сегодняшнего дня мы прилагали большие усилия, стремясь сохранить философский аспект буддийской Дхармы. Однако сегодня очень важно расширить круг изучаемых нами тем. Давайте выйдем за пределы тех предметов, которые мы изучали на протяжении предшествующих столетий».
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The 2006 Mind and Life Summer Research Institute
The purpose of the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute is to advance collaborative research among behavioral scientists, neuroscientists, and biomedical researchers based on a process of inquiry, dialogue, and in some cases, collaboration, with Buddhist contemplative practitioners and scholars and those in other contemplative traditions. The long-term objective is to
advance the training of a new generation of behavioral scientists,
cognitive/affective neuroscientists, clinicians, and contemplative
scholar/practitioners interested in exploring the potential influences of meditation and other contemplative practices on mind, behavior, brain function, and health. This includes examining the potential role of contemplative methods for characterizing human experience and consciousness
from a neuroscience perspective.
The specific goals of the Summer Research Institute are:
1) to nurture creative and strategic dialogue between modern experimental psychologists, clinicians, neuroscientists, cognitive scientists, on the one hand, and Buddhist and other contemplative practitioners and scholars, on the other, with the aim of developing research protocols for investigating human mental activity and its potential effects on health and wellbeing;
2) to encourage and mentor a cadre of nascent scientists (graduate students and post-docs) and young Buddhist and other contemplative practitioners and scholars in an effort to develop the next generation of scientists, clinicians, and scholars interested in innovation and collaboration at the mind-brain-behavior interface;
3) to advance a collaborative research program to study the influence of contemplative practices on the mind, on behavior, and on brain function by informed use of individuals who have, through intensive training and practice, developed a high degree of intimacy with and control over their own mental functioning.
The 2006 Summer Research Institute will be held at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York. Please see the Garrison Institute website for more details:
The week will take the form of a retreat in which opportunities for deep dialogue across disciplines, as well as inquiry through first-person meditation practice, are optimized. The natural beauty and cloistered atmosphere of the venue, coupled with the informal and collegial nature of the gathering all contribute to a relaxed but vigorous community of intention and mutual respect. The Faculty will consist of a small group of scientists, Buddhists and other contemplative practitioner/scholars, and clinicians.
The meeting will be restricted to 125 participants, as innovative and interdisciplinary scientific conversations and potential collaborations and new projects are more likely to develop successfully with a limited number of committed participants. It is also hoped that emerging areas of research and even new fields can be dramatically shaped by providing training opportunities for young scholars, who are in the very early stages of their
careers or who are still in training.
1) Both the scientific and contemplative presentations will be structured to encourage substantive dialogue. The scientists will give talks on subjects closest to their research interests. The contemplative faculty will respond to these talks by raising relevant connections concerning how specific mind insights might shed light on specific aspects of the brain research. The contemplatives will give talks on topics such as the nature of
mind, or consciousness, and the scientists will respond to these
presentations from their perspectives. Each day will have one or two principal science topics presented, then discussed by Buddhists and other contemplatives, and one or two Buddhist or other contemplative topics, then discussed by scientists. Each session will last about 2 hours. The specific topics will be decided by a committee (see below), and posted on the website
once the entire program is defined.
2) Formal meditation practice, with appropriate instruction, is an
integral part of the program, allowing all concerned to have an extended first-hand experience of what is involved practically speaking in engaging in contemplative practice, and the challenges of honoring and learning from first-person experience. In addition to the daily meditation sessions that will take place morning and evening, there will also be a day-long "mini-retreat" led by the contemplative faculty to extend and deepen the
experience, understanding, and challenges of meditation practice. This mini-retreat is an integral part of the larger institute, and the faculty has committed to being present for the entire week.
3) Small group conversations of 10-15 students and 2 Faculty (one Buddhist or other contemplative, one scientist) will allow exploration of the topics in more detail, directed towards developing testable hypotheses.
The overriding theme of the meeting will be to foster a meaningful dialogue between modern psychology on the one hand, and the domain of contemplative practice on the other. These two epistemologies constitute different ways of
investigating and understanding the mind. For such dialogue to occur, it is important for the participants to appreciate the theoretical commonalities and differences between contemplative and modern scientific perspectives. Hence attention will be given to cogent issues inherent in studying the mind. The scientific emphasis will include developing rigorous experimental
designs to evaluate both state and trait effects of contemplative practice and potential experimental designs for corporating "first-person" contemplative methods into cognitive/affective neuroscience research on consciousness. We will encourage the active collaboration of scientists, Buddhists, and other contemplative practitioner/scholars in all phases of research. Examples of early findings from such collaborations will be
Examples of the possible themes that will be addressed include:
Functional neuroimaging research on relations between changes in subjective experience during meditation and alterations in brain function Neuroplasticity and its implications for nderstanding transformations in brain and behavior as a function of development, including the impact of educational methods, with a focus on certain critical issues in developmental psychology.
Integration of first-person methods in research on brain function,
meditation, and consciousness
Affective and cognitive trait effects of meditation and methods to interrogate these changes in brain and behavior
Longitudinal research with meditation practitioners
Epistemological and methodological issues about introspection and meta-cognition, as seen from the perspectives of Buddhist and other contemplative psychology and modern cognitive science
The Summer Research Institute will begin in the evening of Sunday, June 11, and continue for 6 days, through noon on Saturday June 17.
As noted above, a committee consisting of scientists, philosophers, Buddhists, and other contemplative practitioner/scholars, together with selected participants from previous Summer Institutes, will constitute the planning committee for this meeting, and will develop the specific topics
and themes for the presentations, as well as the overall structure. The schedule will be posted on this website when it is complete. Readings will be posted in advance. Informal talks with ample time for discussion will be the typical mode of presentation.
Approximately 2 hours/day will be devoted to talks by Buddhist and other contemplative practitioner/scholars . The remainder of the time will be devoted to scientific talks and dialogue.
Reading lists for the 2006 Summer Research will be posted as they become available.
Summer Research Institute Faculty
The complete faculty list for the 2006 Summer Research will be posted as the information becomes available.
Faculty Announced to Date:
(Click on the links below for a biography of the faculty members)
Jonathan Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., Princeton University
Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
John J. Dunne, Ph.D., Emory University
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph. D., University of Massachusetts
Margaret E. Kemeny, Ph.D., UCSF Medical Center
Joan Halifax Roshi, Ph.D., Upaya Zen Center
Sharon Salzberg, Insight Meditation Society
Evan Thompson, Ph.D., University of Toronto
Application and Registration Schedule
January 16, 2006 - Applications open
February 28, 2006 - Applications close and materials due
March 30, 2006 - Final selection of applicants
April 7, 2006 - Notification of applicants
April 7, 2006 - Registration and payment opens for accepted applicants
April 30, 2006 - Last day for the payment of fees
Who Should Attend
Research Fellows: Trainees, including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows conducting research in behavioral science, neuroscience and/or biomedicine will be considered "Research Fellows" and pay the reduced $300 cost for the institute.
Senior Investigators: Academic researchers in these same areas who hold university or college faculty appointments (full-time, clinical or adjunct) at the level of Assistant Professor or above will be considered "Senior Investigators", and cover the full $600 cost of the institute. Other professional groups (e.g. clinicians) who are independent practitioners will also fall into this category.
Research Fellows: Dharma students or other students at the graduate or postdoctoral level studying contemplative traditions will register in the category of "Research Fellows", and pay the $300 reduced fee.
Senior Investigators: Contemplative scholars, teachers or researchers who hold a faculty or comparable position will be considered "Senior Investigators" and cover the full $600 cost of the institute.
Limited funds may be available for accepted applicants who are encountering exceptional circumstances and would not be able to attend the institute without financial assistance. This applies to applicants from the USA and other countries. Please enquire regarding this at the time of submission of your e-mail application materials.
Registration Process and Cost of the Seminar
The registration fee for the Mind and Life 2006 Summer Research Institute will be $300 for Research Fellows and $600 for Senior Investigators. This fee also covers room and board for the six days. In addition, each participant will be expected to cover the cost of their travel and related expenses. Accepted applicants will be notified and instructed to go to a website URL for final registration and payment.
Payment of the $300 or $600 fee must be made by accepted applicants by April 30, 2006 or the applicant's reserved place will be canceled and given to a waitlisted applicant.
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