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Mind & Life Institute

210 Ridge McIntire Road, Suite 325
Charlottesville, VA 22903
website: www.mindandlife.org

Description of Organization

The Mind & Life Institute is an organization grounded in Buddhist contemplative wisdom. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama co-founded the Mind & Life Institute, along with neuroscientist Francisco Varela and Adam Engle. Their idea was to bridge Buddhist contemplative wisdom with modern science, to understand the mind and ultimately better the world. Mind & Life catalyzed the science of meditation and played a key role in the mainstream acceptance of mindfulness and to the incorporation of Buddhist wisdom and contemplative practices into sectors such as education and health care.

Grant(s) Awarded

In 2019, a grant was awarded for $10,000 to Mind & Life in order to access a wider audience through the new Mind & Life Podcast. Through podcasts, Mind & Life will share stories of their community—contemplative wisdom, scientific and scholarly insights, and the power of contemplative practice to change mental patterns and habits. Podcast episodes will delve into meditation and science, dispelling myths and hype from current popular perceptions. The podcasts will embrace the nuances of the many kinds of Buddhist practice. What is mindfulness? What is compassion and how might it be developed? How do we construct our sense of self and what are the implications for how we relate to others?

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