Galaxy of scholars gather in Dharamsala for Mind & Life conference


October 27, 2013 7:38 pm

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DHARAMSHALA: His Holiness the Dalai Lama will join a galaxy of prominent Tibetan Buddhist scholars and scientists in Dharamsala to explore ways to tackle  - craving, desire, and addiction – which are most pressing causes of human suffering. 

The Mind and Life Institute have brought together the scholars for the 27th Mind and Life conference to be held from 28 Oct – 1 Nov.

“By bringing contemplative practitioners and scholars from Buddhist and Christian traditions together with a broad array of scientific researchers in the fields of desire and addiction, hopefully new understandings will arise that may ultimately lead to improved treatment of the root causes of craving and its many manifestations,” the Mind & Life Institute said in a statement 

Scholars attending the conference include Kent Berridge, PhD, James Olds Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Department of Psychology (University of Michigan); Sarah Bowen, PhD, Acting Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (University of Washington); Richard J Davidson, PhD, William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry Director, Laboratory of Affective Neuroscience (University of Wisconsin–Madison); Wendy Farley, PhD, Professor – Department of Religion (Emory University); Vibeke Asmussen Frank, PhD, Deputy Director and Associate Professor – Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research (Aarhus University, Denmark); Roshi Joan Halifax,PhD, Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher – Upaya Zen Center; Thupten Jinpa, PhD, Adjunct Professor (McGill University) Chairman – Mind & Life Institute; Marc Lewis, PhD, Professor – Behavioural Science Institute (Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands); Nora Volkow, MD, Director – National Institute on Drug Abuse National Institutes of Health; Diana Chapman Walsh, PhD, President Emerita (Wellesley College), Governing Board Member – The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT; and Arthur Zajonc,PhD, Professor Emeritus of Physics (Amherst College), President of Mind & Life Institute.

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