Dalai Lama & Scientists Set To Attend Mind & Life Institute Conference: “Science and Clinical Applications of Meditation” Nov. 8-10 In Washington DC; Co-Sponsored By Georgetown & Johns Hopkins

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Adam Engle, Chairman and co-founder with the Dalai Lama of the Mind and Life Institute, said the Dalai Lama and top scientists will participate in the Institute's November conference in Washington DC.

The Dalai Lama and top scientists are set to attend the Mind and Life Institute’s public dialogue, “Mind & Life XIII: The Science and Clinical Applications of Meditation” on November 8-10 in Washington DC at the DAR Constitution Hall.

Adam Engle, Chairman and co-founder with the Dalai Lama of the Mind and Life Institute, said, “Meditation has begun to be used in the treatment of stress, pain and other chronic diseases, but the applications have only touched the surface. The conference will build on the growing interest in meditation in medicine and biomedical science. Leaders in science and related disciplines will share their views with the Dalai Lama and the public.”

The Mind & Life XIII conference is co-sponsored by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Georgetown University Medical Center. The public meeting is expected to attract thousands, including members of science and related disciplines and the general public interested in practices of meditation by Buddhists and other contemplatives relating to the data and disciplines of Western science.

The November meeting will be the second public dialogue with the Dalai Lama. The previous 11 private conferences took place in India, Europe and the United States 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 on the MIT campus.

The XIV Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, gave a directional challenge to the Mind and Life Institute to explore the means by which people can create and maintain a healthy mind. A recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, he is regarded worldwide for his leadership about universal responsibility, love, compassion and kindness. The Dalai Lama feels through a better understanding of meditation and scientific applications that people can be helped to find inner happiness and lead to a more peaceful world. He will be traveling to the United States from his home in India and will remain in the U.S. for a short time after the Mind and Life Institute meeting for other engagements, including a major speech at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and a public talk at the MCI Center in Washington DC. The Dalai Lama is head of the Tibetan government-in-exile and is revered as the leader of Tibetan Buddhism.

Engle said, “With the advent of sophisticated brain imaging technology, the area of 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. When the Dalai Lama co-founded the Mind and Life Institute to give direction and momentum to this area of scientific exploration of meditative practices, he opened vistas of opportunity for individuals and society.”

The Mind and Life Institute 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.

About the Sponsor and Co-sponsors

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 win the largest share of National Institutes of Health research funds. For more information, visit the website http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/about/.


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