Event Schedule

See the List of Summit Sessions Below!

The summit will take place May 2–5, 2021. Beginning at 4pm PT | 5pm MT | 6pm CT | 7pm ET each day, our summit hosts will give live introductory talks on the theme of the day. Click here to see your timezone>>

ALL of the day’s sessions will also open for viewing at this time. Recordings of all sessions will be available for free for 48 hours after their initial airing, so you can watch at your own convenience. Each talk is between 40-60 minutes.

Please note: this Sunday, May 2, there will also be a special live pre-summit community practice session led by Kaira Jewel Lingo and Eve Ekman at 2:30pm ET.

Day 1

Understanding Your Emotional Landscape

Sunday, May 2

LIVE Welcome to Day 1 (7pm ET): Understanding Your Emotional Landscape

With Eve Ekman, PhD at 7pm ET

Opening Remarks

With His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Understanding Our Emotions and Our Potential for Goodness: Panel Discussion

Michelle Shiota, PhD | Matthieu Ricard, PhD | Dacher Keltner, PhD | Eve Ekman, PhD

Cultivating Genuine Happiness and Mental Balance

With B. Alan Wallace, PhD

  • Explore how to cultivate genuine happiness and the role that training the mind plays in true contentment

  • Hear Alan describe his four-fold model of mental balance and how you can use it to increase your own well-being

  • Consider the power of first-person introspection as a key leverage point in transforming our emotional landscape

"Somatic Abolitionism": Healing Structural Racism Through Embodied Practice

With Resmaa Menakem

  • From a somatic psychology perspective, explore how the legacy of racism and “white body supremacy” is held as intergenerational trauma in our personal and collective bodies

  • Learn how we can begin to acknowledge, heal, and transform this intergenerational trauma through embodied practices that activate and train our “Soul Nerve” (or Vagal Nerve)

  • Hear about some of the often unacknowledged history of overtly racist and cruel “experiments” which have been carried out in the name of modern science and listen to Resmaa’s vision for why scientific research must begin with “me-search”

Art, Emotions, and Social Transformation

With Ana Teresa Fernandez

  • Explore the role that emotion plays in art, and the power that art has to impact social change

  • Watch as Ana shares three of her most powerful “social sculptures” which challenge our minds and hearts to open to painful and difficult realities, yet invite us to touch beauty and be transformed in the process

  • Hear about the role that contemplative practice plays in Ana’s artistic process

Guided Practice: Grounding in Our Sensory Experience

With Christian Howard

  • Discover how grounding in our direct sensory experience can help liberate us from our limiting beliefs and connect us to a larger reality

  • Explore embodied practice as a vehicle to both befriend the unique limitations and suffering of our relative lives while simultaneously connecting us with an ultimate perspective

  • Consider how ancient wisdom traditions can help us navigate today's world

An Interview with Paul Ekman, PhD

With Paul Ekman, PhD and Eve Ekman, PhD

Day 2

Being Intelligent About Emotions

Monday, May 3

LIVE Welcome to Day 2: Being Intelligent About Emotions

With Daniel Goleman, PhD at 7pm ET

Building a Thriving Future: Social Emotional Learning for Children and Adults Panel Discussion

Mark Greenberg, PhD | Patricia Jennings, PhD | Rob Jagers, PhD | Daniel Goleman, PhD

Practicing Compassion: The Strength of a "Trembling Heart"

With Thupten Jinpa, PhD

  • Hear Jinpa’s unique perspective on the strengths and limitations of western and eastern approaches to emotions, and how we can benefit from both of them

  • Receive an introduction to compassion training and learn why compassion is traditionally said to benefit the giver as much as the receiver by increasing your sense of joy, energy, and purpose

  • Be led in a guided practice to help you tap into your deepest compassionate intention, recognize our common humanity, and bring this energy into your everyday life

Befriending Our "Beautiful Monsters": A Guided Practice to Work with Difficult Emotions

With Tsoknyi Rinpoche

  • Explore how “being with” difficult emotions with non-judgmental, compassionate, embodied awareness allows them to naturally open and transform, revealing the innate well-being and “essence love” at the core of our beings

  • Understand how the cognitive mind can keep us trapped in cycles of emotional struggle by trying to fix, change, ignore, or run away from what we are feeling, rather than meeting it with direct kind awareness

  • Be led in a guided practice to help you work with difficult emotions and connect with your grounded body, open heart, and clear mind

The Science of Happiness

With Laurie Santos, PhD

  • Better understand common misconceptions about happiness, why our minds think in unhelpful ways even though they make us unhappy, and the research that can help us change

  • Learn 5 simple “hacks” that you can do to decrease stress, improve well-being, and connect more fully with those around you

  • Discover why research on “emotion contagion” suggests that cultivating your own deep happiness may be one of the most powerful ways to serve the happiness of those you love

Transforming Your Relationship to Stress

With Modupe Akinola, PhD

  • Understand the physiology and psychology of stress, and learn how changing your stress mindset can optimize your performance in challenging situations

  • Explore how introspection and “tuning into yourself” can help you connect with your outer and inner resources and increase your empathy for others

  • Explore powerful research which shows that women in professional leadership positions are less likely to delegate than men, and how reframing women’s relational stress triggers can help shift this pattern

  • Hear Modupe’s personal story about how she became interested in stress research as a result of her experience as a woman and a person of color

Creating Lasting Personal Growth and Change

With Richard Boyatzis, PhD

  • Learn the 5 steps of Richard’s “Intentional Change Theory” and understand how they can support you in seeing lasting changes in your personal growth

  • Understand why being motivated by your “sense of calling” activates neural networks that increase your openness to new experiences and change, while “setting goals” can activate neural networks that actually close you down to new information

  • Hear Richard’s insights into why “caring relationships” are essential for personal growth and how you can create your own “personal board of directors”

Day 3

Cultivating Emotional Well-Being

Tuesday, May 4

LIVE Welcome to Day 3: Cultivating Emotional Well-Being

With Richard Davidson, PhD at 7pm ET

Emptiness and Compassion as Antidotes to Destructive Emotions

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Diverse Perspectives on Cultivating Well-Being and Flourishing Panel Discussion

Cortland Dahl, PhD | Yuria Celidwen, PhD | Daniela Labra Cardero | Mingyur Rinpoche | Richard Davidson, PhD

Guided Practice: The 4 Pillars of Well-Being

With Mingyur Rinpoche

  • Learn why awareness is fundamental to your well-being

  • Be led through practices to touch into and cultivate the 4 Pillars of Well-being—Awareness, Connection, Insight, and Purpose

  • Discover that the 4 Pillars of Well-being are not something you have to acquire from outside, rather they are already inherent in your mind and can be uncovered through practice

An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation for Healing Intergenerational Trauma

With Rev. Ronné Wingate Sims, DMin

  • Be led in an introductory guided mindfulness practice in order to settle, develop a compassionate and nonjudgmental relationship with your thoughts and feelings, and become more present

  • Explore how mindfulness practice can be a portal into appreciating both the wisdom and struggles of our ancestors, and a method to heal intergenerational trauma

The State of Compassion Research

With Sona Dimidjian, PhD

  • Explore how compassion research began, where it is today, and where it is headed to support the increased adoption of compassion practices into diverse sectors of modern society

  • Consider how research can be more inclusive and effective by engaging collaboratively with the communities it is trying to serve from the initial phases of study development through completion

  • Explore how training the mind, opening the heart, and acting with skillfulness are all interconnected in the cultivation of compassion

Day 4

Practices for Working with Emotions in Everyday Life

Wednesday, May 5

LIVE Welcome to Day 4: Practices for Working with Emotions in Everyday Life

With Shankari Goldstein at 7pm ET

LIVE Guided Practice and Q&A

With Jon Kabat-Zinn at 2pm ET

Culminating Keynote Dialogue

His Holiness the Dalai Lama| Richard Davidson, PhD | Daniel Goleman, PhD

Shifting the Paradigm: Creating Cultures of Relationality

Brooke Lavelle, PhD | Kai Horton | Martin Vitorino, PhD | Miko Brown

An Embodied Contemplative Approach: Cultivating Wholesome Emotions

With Kaira Jewel Lingo

  • Discover how to cultivate wholesome emotions and tap into your “immeasurable” capacity for love, compassion, kindness, and joy

  • Learn how to connect with your positive qualities of consciousness during times of difficulty in order to help you face the moment from a place of strength

  • Be guided in a practice to access and nurture your vast love and interconnection with all life

Reawakening Our True Belonging

With Sebene Selassie

  • Consider how the many global crises we are now experiencing can be heard as a call to reawaken our true belonging

  • Explore how gently opening to all that has been cut off in ourselves, our societies, and our ancestral lineages can be a profound gateway into deeply re-embodying our true belonging and ability to love

  • Be guided in a mindfulness of the 4 elements practice and directly feel the nourishing primal energies of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air circulating through your body and connecting you with the natural world

Where We've Been and Where We're Going: Reflecting on the Original "Destructive Emotions" Dialogue

Eve Ekman, PhD | Paul Ekman, PhD | Daniel Goleman,PhD | Richard Davidson, PhD | Matthieu Ricard, PhD