Cortland Dahl, PhD, Daniela Labra Cardero, Yuria Celidwen, PhD and Mingyur Rinpoche
From Neuroscience to Indigenous Wisdom: Diverse Perspectives on Cultivating Well-Being
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About Cortland Dahl, PhD
Cortland is a scientist, translator, and meditation teacher. His work focuses on the psychological mechanisms of different forms of meditation, as well as the development of programs that can be used as the basis for research and the broad dissemination strategies to train the mind. He currently serves as Research Scientist and Chief Contemplative Officer at UW-Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds and its affiliated non-profit, Healthy Minds Innovations, and also as Executive Director of Tergar International, an organization he co-founded with Mingyur Rinpoche that oversees a global meditation community.
You can learn more about some of his research on Mapping the Interface between Meditation and Neuroscience at Center for Healthy Minds.
About Daniela Labra Cardero
Daniela Labra is an expert in the design of online and face-to-face curriculum development, teacher training, and the link between scientific research and the pedagogical practice of socio-emotional education. Trained as a biologist, she was a professor-researcher and university coordinator for ten years. Daniela is co-author of books and programs on socio-emotional education, lectures nationally and internationally and is a senior instructor. She is a Founding Partner and General Director for the non-profit AtentaMente Consultores AC, a consultant for Healthy Minds Innovations, and is currently enrolled at Harvard Kennedy School.
You can learn more about her work at AtentaMente, an educational non-profit whose mission is to provide tools for well-being. They have participated in the development of Mexico's nation-wide SEL curriculum, training more than 15,000 teachers in person and 200,000 online. Their research-based programs are currently running the largest yet RCT for preschool SEL teacher training and they have developed a free app for IOS and Google Play to support these trainings.
About Yuria Celidwen, PhD
Dr. Yuria Celidwen (Indigenous Nahua and Maya) works on the intersection of Indigenous studies, cultural psychology, and contemplative science. She investigates the embodied experience of self-transcendence in world ecstatic and Indigenous traditions and how it enhances prosocial behavior. Her “Ethics of Belonging” thesis offers an earth-based ecology that engenders wellness and purpose through relational ecological awareness. She emphasizes the reclamation, revitalization, and transmission of Indigenous wisdom and the advancement of Indigenous and planetary rights.
To learn more about Dr. Celidwen's work you can visit her website.
About Mingyur Rinpoche
Born in Nepal, Mingyur Rinpoche began to study meditation as a young boy and spent many years of his childhood in strict retreat and traditional training. Rinpoche has also had a lifelong interest in Western science and psychology, which has led to many fruitful collaborations with neuroscientists and psychologists. In his approach to teaching meditation, he integrates traditional Buddhist practice and philosophy with the current scientific understanding of the mind and mental health – making the practice of mediation relevant and accessible to students around the world. Rinpoche is the author of the best-selling book The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness, as well as several other titles.
You can learn more about his work through Tergar Meditation Community and find his Online Training for The Joy of Living here.
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.