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June 8, 2020—June 14, 2020

Mind & Life Summer Research Institute

The Mind & Life Summer Research Institute (SRI), now in its seventeenth year, is a week-long immersive, residential program designed to foster collaborative research across the sciences and humanities, based on a process of inquiry and dialogue with contemplative practitioners and professionals engaged in applied work. The long-term objective is to advance the training of interdisciplinary scholars and practitioners interested in exploring the influence of contemplative practice on mind and behavior, brain function, and health, including the potential role of contemplative methods in shaping and enriching human experience, society, and consciousness.

The program incorporates academic presentations, informal breakout groups, poster presentations, and regular contemplative sessions, including daily yoga and a full-day silent retreat. This program is designed to provide opportunities for deep dialogue across disciplines as well as inquiry through first-person reflection and meditation practice. SRI participants become eligible to apply for the Mind & Life Francisco J. Varela Research Grants.

SRI 2020 is an exploration of prosocial development across the lifespan of individuals and within communities, and of how history, social contexts, relationships, and contemplative practices all play key roles in such development. Integrating academic, contemplative, and artistic knowledge and wisdom, we will address how the development of prosocial qualities can be promoted at different stages of life––from infancy and childhood to adolescence, and from early adulthood to old age––and in different cultural-historical situations, through the use of contemplative practices, educational and social programs, community-building and activism, and systems reform.

This theme extends the arc from the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 programs that addressed contemplation in relation to context, social connectivity, intersubjectivity, cultural diversity, and pressing problems related to human health and wellbeing, social harmony and integration, and fair, just, and equitable societies.

Please Note: This retreat will be held in partial silence. The silent times will be during night times, 10:00 PM – 8:15 AM and all day Tuesday, June 9. 

This event is application based, see Mind & Life Institute website for more details (application deadline: 1/24/2020).

Prospective attendees can apply directly on the Mind & Life website by clicking here.