Dalai Lama & Scientists At Mind & Life Institute Conference; Johns Hopkins & Georgetown co-Host As Georgetown Awards CME Credits

Adam Engle, Chairman and co-founder with the Dalai Lama of the Mind and Life Institute, says the Dalai Lama will join acclaimed speakers from the scientific and contemplative communities to discuss sience and cinical applications of meditation.

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Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 4, 2005

The Dalai Lama and top scientists will shed light on an emerging area of science as they participate in “Mind & Life XIII: The Science and Clinical Applications of Meditation,” discussing topics ranging from scientific studies to contemplative perspectives.

Held November 8-10 in Washington DC at DAR Constitution Hall, the Mind and Life Institute with Johns Hopkins Medical Center is presenting the Georgetown University Medical Center-sponsored conference through which the Georgetown University Hospital is offering 12-1/2 credits to medical professionals attending through its Continuing Medical Education (CME) program.

With acclaimed speakers from the scientific and contemplative communities, the conference will be in dialogue format. The subject matter and presentation will intrigue medical and science professionals as well as the general public. The forum will detail breakthrough research efforts on the role of meditation in maintaining a healthy mind.

Adam Engle, Chairman and co-founder with the Dalai Lama of the Mind and Life Institute, said, “Meditation is being used in some treatment of stress, pain and other chronic diseases, but applications have only touched the surface. The Mind and Life conference will make a major stride building on the growing interest in meditation in medicine and biomedical science.”

The November meeting will be the second public dialogue with the Dalai Lama. The previous 11 private conferences were in India, Europe and the U.S. since 1987 and seven books have been published about those discussions. In 2003, The McGovern Institute at MIT co-sponsored the first public meeting, held at MIT.

More information is available at http://www.mindandlife.org and http://www.investigatingthemind.org.

Engle said, “With sophisticated brain imaging technology, science investigating the brain and mind is growing exponentially and is where genomic research was decades ago. The potential applications for the benefit of mankind are plentiful.”

The Mind and Life Institute, based in Boulder, CO, is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a working collaboration and research partnership between modern science and Buddhism and other contemplative traditions to better understand the nature of reality and investigating the mind. For more information visit the websites, http://www.mindandlife.org and http://www.investigatingthemind.org or contact Brian Dobson at Dobson Communications at 203-894-9240.

The Mind and Life Institute, based in Boulder, CO, is a 501 C3 non-profit organization co-founded in 1987 by the Dalai Lama, entrepreneur Adam Engle and an acclaimed neuroscientist, the late Franciso J. Varela, to create a rigorous dialogue and research collaboration between modern science and Buddhism. The Mind and Life Institute operates through four divisions: Meetings and Dialogues, Publications, Scientific Education and Research Grants and Sponsorship. Since 2000, the focus of MLI has been the creation of a new interdisciplinary field of science that asks and answers the question: how do we create and maintain a healthy mind? For more information visit the websites, http://www.mindandlife.org and http://www.investigatingthemind.org or contact Brian Dobson at Dobson Communications at 203-894-9240.

Georgetown University Medical Center is an internationally recognized academic medical center in Washington, DC, with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through its partnership with MedStar Health). Its mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis—or “care of the whole person.” The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Health Studies, both nationally ranked, and the world renowned Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. For more information, visit the websites http://www.gumc.georgetown.edu and http://cfmi.georgetown.edu/.

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is one of the world's premier centers for scholarship, research and patient care. The university and The Johns Hopkins Health System are separate, but closely allied, institutions. Founded in Baltimore, they now reach across the Baltimore Washington area, with additional facilities in China, Italy and Singapore and partnerships around the world. The university comprises eight schools, a research and development division called the Applied Physics Laboratory and a number of institutes and centers. Components of the $2.7 billion enterprise are consistently named at the top of national rankings for best hospital and best school of medicine, and its faculty consistently wins the largest share of National Institutes of Health research funds. For more information, visit the website http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/about/.

Note to editors: To attend conference register at https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/MindandLifeInstitute/ITMMedia.html

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