Explore the Science, Wisdom, and Power of Emotions

With His Holiness the Dalai Lama

and over 30 Leading Scientists + World Renowned Teachers

Access 5 Free Event Sessions!
May, 2021

Produced by The Awake Network Foundation and Mind & Life Institute

Learn from 20 Years of Research and Insights Catalyzed by a Scientific Dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Twenty years ago, the Mind & Life Institute held the seminal Destructive Emotions dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, exploring how we can overcome our negative emotions and cultivate our best human qualities. That gathering proved to be a catalyst for a revolution in the western conception of emotions, and helped springboard the scientific study of compassion. Now, through the Science & Wisdom of Emotions Summit, many of the visionary scientists from the original dialogue—along with His Holiness the Dalai Lama—are gathering with a new generation of inspiring thinkers to discuss the latest scientific insights, share practices for cultivating emotional well-being and emotional intelligence, and explore how developing our emotional wisdom can contribute to our collective flourishing.

A 4-Day Guided Exploration of the Powerful Forces that Shape Our Lives
Over the course of this 4-Day Summit you will learn:

The latest scientific insights and contemplative perspectives on the nature of emotions, stress, and human connection.

Powerful practices to transform difficult emotions and cultivate our natural wisdom, compassion, and joy.

How to harness the power of our emotions to participate in the creation of a more interconnected and compassionate world.

Summit Presenters

Featured Keynote Speaker

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, spiritual leader of the Tibetan people; Author, The Art of Happiness and The Universe in a Single Atom

Learn from 30+ of today’s leading neuroscience researchers, mindfulness and compassion experts, psychologists, and contemplatives

Thupten Jinpa, PhD

Founder, Compassion Institute; Principal Author, Compassion Cultivation Training Program; Principal English Translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama

Eve Ekman, PhD

Contemplative social scientist; Senior Fellow, University of California Berkeley Greater Good Science Center; Director, Cultivating Emotional Balance Training Program

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Renowned Buddhist Meditation Teacher; Author, Open Heart Open Mind, Carefree Dignity, and Fearless Simplicity

Richard Davidson, PhD

Distinguished Researcher; Co-author, Altered Traits and The Emotional Life of Your Brain; Founder, Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin

Resmaa Menakem

NYT Bestselling Author, My Grandmother's Hands; Founder, Justice Leadership Solutions; leading voice on racialized trauma

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD

Founding Executive Director, Center for Mindfulness; Founder, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction; Author, Wherever You Go There You Are

Patricia Jennings, PhD

Internationally recognized leader in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mindfulness in Education; Researcher and Professor of Education, University of Virginia

Daniel Goleman, PhD

Award-winning author, Emotional Intelligence; internationally known psychologist and science journalist; Co-founder, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

Mingyur Rinpoche

Renowned Buddhist Meditation Teacher; Author, The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness

Sona Dimidjian, PhD

Director, Renée Crown Wellness Institute; Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder

Michelle Shiota, PhD

Emotions Researcher; Author, Associate Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University; Performer

Paul Ekman, PhD

Pioneering human emotions Researcher; Author, Emotions Revealed; renowned Psychologist; Co-creator, Atlas of Emotions

Sebene Selassie

Meditation Teacher; Author, You Belong: A Call for Connection

Matthieu Ricard, PhD

Prominent Buddhist Teacher and Speaker; Buddhist Monk; Author, Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World

Dacher Keltner, PhD

Professor of Psychology, University of California Berkeley; Faculty Director, Greater Good Science Center; emotion and social interaction Researcher

Kaira Jewel Lingo

International Teacher of Buddhist meditation, secular mindfulness, and compassion; focused on the intersection of racial, climate, and social justice

B. Alan Wallace, PhD

Renowned Scholar, Author, Buddhist Teacher, and Lecturer; Founder and director of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and of the Centers for Contemplative Research in Colorado and Italy

Christian Howard

Narrative Designer and Cultural Strategist for building equitable futures; socially-engaged Buddhist Teacher

Robert J. Jagers, PhD

Vice President of Research, CASEL; leading work with partner districts to explore how social and emotional learning can be leveraged to promote equitable learning environments

Laurie Santos, PhD

Professor of Psychology, Yale University; expert on human cognition and cognitive biases; Host, The Happiness Lab podcast

Rev. Ronné Wingate Sims, DMin

Baptist Preacher; Meditation Teacher; Executive Minister, Imani Community Church; Lecturer and Workshop Convener on trauma and mental health

Richard Boyatzis, PhD

Distinguished Professor, Case Western Reserve University; leading expert in Leadership Development and Emotional Intelligence; Author

Modupe Akinola, PhD

Psychologist, Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Columbia Business School; Researcher of stress, organizational environments, and workforce diversity

Ana Teresa Fernandez

Artist, Social Change Interventionist

Mark Greenberg, PhD

Emeritus Professor, Penn State University; Founding Director, Bennett Prevention Research Center; founding Board Member, CASEL; Chairperson, CREATE

Brooke Lavelle, PhD

Co-founder and President, Courage of Care Coalition; Meditation Teacher; Trainer in anti-oppressive pedagogies, restorative healing methods, and systems tools

Cortland Dahl, PhD

Research Scientist and Chief Contemplative Officer, Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison; Translator; Meditation Teacher

Daniela Labra Cardero

Founding Partner and General Director, Atentamente; SEL Researcher and Trainer; Author

Yuria Celidwen, PhD

Scholar; Speaker; Advocate for the advancement of Indigenous and planetary rights

Shankari Goldstein

Yoga Teacher; Race and Environmental Activist; Regenerative Farmer; Host of Mind & Life Institute's Inspiring Minds Series

Martin Vitorino, PhD

Lead Faculty, Courage of Care Coalition; Meditation Group Leader for Transgender/GNC/NB/GQ communities

Miko Brown

Faculty and BIPoC Training and Facilitation Team Member, Courage of Care Coalition; over a decade committed to social justice and equity with a background in mental health and wellness work

Wendy Hasenkamp, PhD

Neuroscientist; Host of the Mind & Life Podcast; Contemplative Practitioner; Teacher; Writer

Kai Horton

Faculty, Courage of Care Coalition; Advocate for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities


Day One

Understanding Your Emotional Landscape

Hosted by Eve Ekman

Day Two

Being Intelligent About Emotions

Hosted by Daniel Goleman

Day Three

Cultivating Emotional Well-Being

Hosted by Richard J. Davidson

Day Four

Practices for Working with Emotions in Everyday Life

Hosted by Shankari Goldstein and Wendy Hasenkamp

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Tibetan Community Partners

A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to support the preservation of Tibetan culture. This offering is made in recognition of the far-reaching contributions of the Tibetan community to this field of research and our efforts to nurture personal well-being and more compassionate communities worldwide. Contributions will support the following charities: Tibetan Children's Village and Tsoknyi Humanitarian Foundation: Supporting the Nuns of Tsoknyi Rinpoche.

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