Great Minds meet to bridge Modern Science and Buddhism
July 6 (Telluride Daily Plane): Leading neuroscientists, meditative experts, scholars and psychologists met for a two-day summit in Telluride, Colorado to come to consensus on the definitions of certain mental terms — like compassion, attention, suffering and emotions — so a lexicon can be mapped out for the use of researchers.
The conference is being organized by Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) in conjunction with The University of Wisconsin’s Center of Investigating Healthy Minds and the Telluride Institute.
The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford was born out of a visit in 2005 by the Dalai Lama to the Stanford School of Medicine. While there, he had a dialogue with several scientists about things like human suffering, depression, craving and addiction. One of the things that emerged from this dialogue, according to CCARE, was a recognition that an engagement between science and Buddhist traditions could contribute toward a deeper understanding of the human mind and emotions.
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