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

Culminating Keynote Dialogue

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In this rich dialogue, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Richard Davdison and Daniel Goleman explore a vast terrain of topics including: His Holiness’s latest ideas about new directions for scientific inquiry into emotions, how we can meet social injustice with compassion, the importance of mind training and ethics as two important bases of living a happy life, our common responsibility to build a peaceful and happy future as a global community and more. Listen in as His Holiness shares his insights, wisdom and big heart!

About 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.

About Richard Davidson, PhD

Richie Davidson’s research is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing including meditation and related contemplative practices. He has published over 465 articles, numerous chapters and reviews, and edited 14 books. He is the author (with Sharon Begley) of The Emotional Life of Your Brain, published in 2012, and co-author with Daniel Goleman Altered Traits, published in 2017. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2017 and appointed to the Governing Board of UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) in 2018.

To learn more about Dr. Davidson's work you can visit Center for Healthy Minds.

About Daniel Goleman, PhD

Daniel Goleman is an internationally known psychologist and science journalist. His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence was a bestseller and has been translated into more than 40 languages. His most recent book, Altered Traits, was co-authored with Richard Davidson and reviews the best meditation research. Dan has also organized a series of intensive conversations between the Dalai Lama and scientists, which resulted in the books Healing Emotions, Destructive Emotions, and Ecology, Ethics, and Interdependence. For the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday Dan wrote A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for our World. He is a former board member and a Founding Steward of the Mind & Life Institute.

You can learn more about Dr. Goleman's work on his website.

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  1. JUAN FRANCISCO LABRA May 5, 2021 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Incredible amount of brains and hearts!
    Thank you so much .
    Juan Francisco Labra.
    Viña del Mar Chile

    • Guy Wheal May 5, 2021 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      I am only able to leave a comment as a reply to a previous comment, so thank you to the person who commented 😊.
      Thank you to everyone concerned who created and contributed to this program. Thank you for making it freely available.
      It has been very useful. Thank you, and best wishes.

  2. Elisa Carter May 5, 2021 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    These words from the Dali Lama are consistent with mind body medicine’s understanding of stress vs relaxation systems. When in a stress neurophysiological state, negative emotions dominate, the PFC is not very accessible, the amygdala is in the driver’s seat—in other words, no access to discernment (clear logical thinking and planning, reasoning, problem solving, positive emotions, self o from etc. When relaxed, the Pafac takes over again from amygdala which reverts to its quiet role , not triggering the neurophysiological responses to threat. Emotions are positive as is reasoning & all the other uniquely human neurological abilities offer by a mind led by the prefrontal cortex. When we act from here, from positive emotions, including compassion, it is energizing & per Barbara Fredrickson’s theory, broadens our perspectives and creates human bonds of mutual support.

    • Pam Maccabee May 5, 2021 at 10:30 pm - Reply

      Have u heard of mindful crying?

  3. Grace Campbell May 5, 2021 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    I feel so blessed to have been a part of this important discussion. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    I will take the Holiness’ suggestion that our community is not just those around me, it is the community of 7 billion people and I can share happiness with all!

  4. Sony May 5, 2021 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Excellent presentation
    A profound message for the world to hear and folk

  5. Monica May 5, 2021 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Interesting God bless.

  6. Vincent May 5, 2021 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Merci 😊

  7. Silvina Limarzo May 5, 2021 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Thank you ver much for such precious words! Hope we can introduce all this mind training towards positive emotions and compassion into all school systems and our own homes…If trained and taught since an early age, the next generations will truly experience this embracing sense of compassion to all humanity. Let’s start now from our own close social circles…

  8. Carey May 5, 2021 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Thank you all for your boundless kindness and teachings!

  9. Eva May 5, 2021 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you from the depths of my heart.

  10. Jyoti Dar May 5, 2021 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    Pranam from Rishikesh so honored to hear HH and all distinguished panelists eases our lockdown opens the mind to Global Love Consciouness to ease suffering

  11. Macarena May 5, 2021 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Thank you all, for charing this.
    A big and important responsibility it has give us

  12. Yin May 5, 2021 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Thank you! A beautiful reminder.

  13. Chandana Watagodakumbura May 5, 2021 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    Great insights from HH. The notions of interconnectedness, oneness, unconditional love and so on are embedded in them. Ideally, the evolution of our societies and the planet should come from a deeper understanding from the part of everyone.

  14. Anuka Eichbaum May 5, 2021 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful teaching on humanity, love and compassion.Thank you so much His Holiness .🙏Thank you all for this wonderful conversation🙏

  15. Kathy B May 5, 2021 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Everyone has been so articulate on such an intangible subject. However, every time I hear his Holiness speak it rises above all the theories and in the most direct terms brings everything into view. I noted he refused to embrace constructive anger- but in the most graceful way. My interpretation : anger creates imbalance (dis-ease) within ourselves- even when the intention is good. Instead, compassion can be used to solve complex issue but creates balance within (wellness). Compassion as described by Buddhist texts- not western interpretation that is. Thank you to all for a remarkable dialog.

  16. Keiko May 5, 2021 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    Thank you 🙏🏻

  17. Maria May 5, 2021 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much❤🙏🙏🙏
    It’s really inspiring program to develop our natural abilities to become less reactive and more sensible.

  18. Sonia Tidemann May 5, 2021 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Thank you to the organisers and technical producers that made the Science and Wisdom of emotions summit a smooth and professional series of sessions. Thank you too, to the riches of the speakers, in particular, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. You have all given me much to both contemplate on and to try to put into practice. Sonia Tidemann, Port Lincoln (place to see Great White Sharks!), South Australia.

  19. Sonia Tidemann May 5, 2021 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    Thank you to the organisers and technical producers of the Science and Wisdom of emotions summit. It was a professional series that was rich in its offerings. Thank you, too, to the considered presentations of all the speakers, especially His Holiness the Dalai Lama. You have all given me much to think about and to practise in my daily life. Sonia Tidemann, Port Lincoln (home of the Great White Sharks), South Australia

  20. Sushama Charudutt Chaudhari May 6, 2021 at 12:23 am - Reply

    ‘Hello, I am wondering that with all this knowledge and understanding to support fellow human beings and being compassionate, why economics overrules humanity (Case in point is denial for waving off intellectual copyright for vaccines; at least during Pandemic should we not practice what we preach)’

  21. Giuliana Urru May 6, 2021 at 1:38 am - Reply

    Thank you to all and to His Holliness for the inspiring conversations!🙏💗
    Giuliana from Sardinia

  22. Dr.A.Selvaraj May 6, 2021 at 1:48 am - Reply

    Namastey. I am from India. His Holiness insight is so powerful and practising oneness for happy Humanity should be the major takeaway. Thanks a lot to Dr.Daniel Goleman, Dr.Richie Davidson and Dr.Thuptan Jinpa for lovely intervention with His Holiness.

  23. Susanne May 6, 2021 at 1:48 am - Reply

    Thankyou I felt very moved and very peaceful after watching this and also very reflective. Humanity rules!

  24. SUSAN JOYCE May 6, 2021 at 2:53 am - Reply

    I always enjoy the presence of His Holiness. In 2005 I was privileged to attend a session held at a very large venue (sports area ??) in Washington, D.C. It was part of “Meditate, D.C.”–a weeklong event with many wonderful presentations held over the entire area. That was 16 years ago and he seems to not have aged one bit!

  25. lisa May 6, 2021 at 5:37 am - Reply

    A wonderful presentation, thankyou from Berlin xx

  26. Paljor May 6, 2021 at 6:34 am - Reply

    Sharp brain is not sufficient to bring us a lasting joy. We need both warm heart and sharp brain. Thus, we should have this kind discussion to bring up a balanced humanity to make a better place for us and generations to come.

  27. Marie May 6, 2021 at 7:45 am - Reply

    I am so grateful to His Holiness and the scientists and all the others who made this conference available to me in my remote rural home, more isolated than usual by covid restrictions. I feel joy and renewal of purpose (the path of compassion) and my body responds with tears of joy. After a long career in education and environmental advocacy, I am retired from active contact with the young people who energized me and less physically able than I was, which causes some suffering. This conference was indeed a refuge and a reminder of all the blessings I share with the life of the planet, the wisdom of more advanced Buddhists, and the simple joy of kindness.

  28. Amy May 6, 2021 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Thank you for this opportunity.

  29. Stan Van Hoecke May 6, 2021 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Untill now, I don’t find any answer about personal boundaries. I feel it’s a less talked about topic that is really important. Even more so as we are connecting with alot more divers ppl and cultures in this day and age. Is it ok that Somebody harmfully behaves towards you and/or ur beloved ones? Rather be it physically, mentally or emotionally. Should we just accept and let harm lead the way by the other party? I would love to get some insight on behalf of everyone here on protecting ur beloved ones/urself/personal boundaries/protecting fellow beeings?

    With love, warmth, light and kindness


  30. Thânia Kalil Campos Alves May 6, 2021 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Estes são os verdadeiros lideres que sigo e são meus modelos.
    Sinto-me honrada e que posso ser mais compassiva, gentil, mais feliz somente por estar conectada com vocês ainda que online.
    Gratidão a vida por que hoje posso respirar e vocês estão aqui.
    Gratidão a cada um de vocês pela generosidade em partilhar seu tempo conhecimento e presença.

  31. Chopa Tenzin Lhadron May 6, 2021 at 10:31 am - Reply

    WOW! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and compassion. I have no words that can describe how much I am enjoying the Summit and I am sure millions of people around the globe are benefiting so much.

    Stay safe and stay strong. May all find peace and happiness as quickly as possible.
    Geshema Tenzin Lhadron (Chopa Tenzin Lhadron)

  32. Valérie Manelfe May 6, 2021 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Thank you so much !!! With love and compassion from Paris

  33. Rhonda May 6, 2021 at 10:56 am - Reply

    I am so grateful to having been offered this very generous and wonderful opportunity to hear this summit with all these amazing speakers. Thank you so much and I will try to continue living a life of loving kindness and compassion to all.

  34. Lisa McGuiness May 6, 2021 at 11:42 am - Reply

    I love this so much he is my saver

  35. Muriel May 6, 2021 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Such wisdom and simplicity. Thank you so much your holiness.

  36. Jennifer Manikkam May 6, 2021 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the opportunity of sharing these great works of healing wisdom from giants of humanity. I wish that I had the opportunity to listen to it over and over again, alas!
    Bless you for reaching out to the world especially in these unprecedented times.

  37. Lucia Cañizares May 6, 2021 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Incredible and wonderful conversation. Clear concepts on how relationship mind – emotions should bring humanity into our life, and more impact the flow of the conversation. This is a healthy model for us! Thanks a lot for this wonderful experience!!!

  38. Dr. Jaya Mohan May 6, 2021 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Greetings from India!

    This session has been exceptionally rewarding. Gratitude to His Holiness for all the wisdom.

    This summit has been so illuminating. The need of the hour. I am sure that the practitioners, healers and the world community at large have greatly benefitted by the scientific deliberation on emotional well being in the backdrop of ancient wisdom.
    It was so heartening to see the torch bearers leading the discussions, participating wholeheartedly and at the same time encouraging the young minds to talk about their work. Gratitude to all the panelists.
    More strength to the organizers.
    May we all together build a more compassionate world.

  39. Rose James May 6, 2021 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    My thanks to all those who made this happen and available to us. I am trying to digest it all and apply it to my life . Blessings to all,

  40. Els May 6, 2021 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much His Holiness, thank you, everyone of Mind & Life, for teaching us how we can attribute ourselves to make this a better world for everyone.

  41. lillian strauss May 6, 2021 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    lillianna : 12:53 May 6th 2021 Yukon Territories

    Thank you for all the reminders. In my 75 years on this planet, I never tire of the reminders that help me in this process of deprogramming, decluttering of negative emotions, of reprogramming, practice which is basically purification in this life of karma. It is serendipitous that I can bridge the old and the new as a holocaust child. I am grateful to HH, and all my teachers in books and those people whom I have encountered in daily life from whom I can learn by observing how I either react or respond in a discerning manner.

    I weep with joy at the opportunity to always learn.

    May all be well
    May all be happy
    May all be free of suffering and the causes of suffering


  42. thank you !

  43. M. Darrol Bryant May 6, 2021 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Fabulous…. HH the Dalai Lama speaks for a humanity that is grounded in compassion!!!!

    Prof M. Darrol Bryant who has been to Dharamsala more than a dozen times and twice with a group of 15 students studying the Living Religious Traditions of India…

  44. Mary Rivkin May 6, 2021 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    I think it is a conversation to be treasured and I would like to have a copy to share with family and other. Thanks to all who planned and supported, thanks to the dear participants, including the translator.

  45. Richard Ward May 6, 2021 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    Absolutely totally amazingly incredible!!! I think that if the world’s emotional problems were solved, all other problems would just fall out.

  46. Ecie Hursthouse May 6, 2021 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    I would very much like to download this Video. When will it be available?

    Than you.

  47. Cynthia May 6, 2021 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    With great gratitude. Thank you for
    your wisdom, insight and guidance.
    Thank you your Holiness

  48. Vasu May 6, 2021 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Absolutely transformative. Grateful for the opportunity to hear these talks

  49. Sister Elizabeth (Bouvier) May 6, 2021 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this teaching. I do wonder what the long term effect will be on children who in this time of pandemic and subsequent isolation from interaction with other children will be. I hope to see teachings come out from the Mind Life Institute in the future to offer guidance in how to heal the damage that has already been done in the past year during crucial developmental years of these children.

  50. Vesanto Melina May 6, 2021 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Thank you SO much.
    Somehow, this is simple but it goes deep.
    Vesanto Melina, MS, Registered Dietitian and author of books on plant-based nutrition
    Vancouver Canada

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