Tuesday, August 14, 2012

2012 International Symposia for Contemplative Studies - CORRECTED

Correction:: I corrected the link to the Symposia below so you can register first. The sponsor requested this so please fill out the very short registration and you are ready to view at your leisure. Sorry for any inconvenience I may have caused. Enjoy!

Below is the information about this incredible gathering of the greatest brain/mind research scientists and contemplative Masters from all religious and philosophical traditions in the world.* It is a collaborative effort among centers and laboratories around the world to explore the correlates and consequences of contemplative practice. Facilitated by the Mind and Life Institute, the broader Symposia considered how training the mind through the use of contemplative practices can lead to a reduction in suffering, enhanced health and cognitive/emotional functioning, greater happiness and increased social harmony. They gathered together in Denver, CO from April 26, 2012 to April 29, 2012. This link will take you to the home page. Click on the first picture that says, "Free Webstreaming...Click Here to Watch". If the picture changes, you can wait for it to come back around or just click the "Home" link and it will be the first picture.

A link to the Keynote Speeches and Master Lectures on each day is on the left. I highly recommend that you watch everything in chronological order. Each Webcast contains a lot of very interesting and detailed information so start by watching one per sitting and adjust your viewing accordingly. You may want to have a pen and some paper handy too. It moves rather fast because of time constraints/scheduling so stay Mindful and be prepared to be Wowed :)!

This is the first Symposia in the 25 year history of the Mind and Life Institute where actual replicated scientific findings are presented. They are mind-blowing indeed! Take your time and Enjoy!


*The first ever International Symposia for Contemplative Studies, coordinated
and cosponsored by the Mind & Life Institute, will be held at the Denver Hyatt
Regency Hotel April 26-29, 2012. In this landmark cross-disciplinary
conference, more than 700 neuroscientists, educators, and contemplative
scholars from around the world will gather to share cutting-edge research on
the nature and workings of the human mind. Keynotes, master lectures, and
other presentations will explore how a scientific understanding of the mind can
address a wide range of issues, including health, education, and personal and
social wellness.

Symposia speakers include luminaries from the world’s most prestigious
institutions, such as Harvard University, Brown University, the Max Planck
Institute for Brain Research in Zurich, and the Centre National de la Recherche
Scientifique in Paris. Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) will discuss his new
book, A Mindful Nation, in which he advocates using contemplative practices to
address a host of current national concerns. Wellesley College past-president
Diana Chapman Walsh will deliver the opening keynote address on the first full day, April 27th.

The research presented at the Symposia reflects scientists’ findings that
contemplative practices, such as meditation and mindfulness, can produce
measurable effects that alleviate suffering and improve well-being, including
reducing addiction, pain, post-partum issues depression, and anxiety disorders,
as well as improving educational performance, leadership, and overall physical
and mental health.

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  1. Sounds wonderful. That photo of that guy with all the things on his head is pretty bizarre.

    1. Hi Amy,

      Thank you for visiting my humble blog and leaving a comment. Indeed, this symposia is the beginning of the end to human suffering - just the first baby step, though, yet more important than our first step on the moon.

      The man in the picture is Tibetan Master, French Interpreter for H.H. The Dalai Lama, and prestigious scientist, Matthieu Ricard. He is definitely "wired for sound"...lol...and was the first master meditator to be studied using this new incredible tool, the fMRI. Here is a brilliant and wonderfully-flowing interview/conversation between him and one of my favorite interviewers, Krista Tippett, that explains it's amazing capabilities and enormous potential. He leads you on a journey inward and right up to the point of Enlightenment. Wow!! I highly recommend this:


      Be sure to either listen to the unedited interview on the left or watch the video of the live session just a little further down. You will love it!

      Please visit often and feel free to ask any question(s) about anything, share your Wisdom, and/or express your thoughts and feelings anytime. Be well!

      Peace and Love...Namaste'