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Mind and Life conference begins in Dharamsala

April 8, 2009

ICT by ANI
April 7, 2009

Dharamsala, Apr 7 (ANI) -- As a part of the Mind
and Life Institute founded by the Tibetan
spiritual leader Dalai Lama, Buddhists and
scientists of metaphysics from across the globe
converged here to deliberate on issues of science and Buddhism.

The five-day conference that commenced on Monday
happens to be the eighteenth in series of
conclaves mooted by the Dalai Lama in 1987 when
he set up an organisation named The Mind and Life Institute.

"The subject matter of this meeting is to explore
into the workings of attention, the functions of
mind, memory and how they are related to the
emotions and how they can have an effect in
undermining the negative emotions and increasing
the positive emotion," said Dorjee, interpreter for the Dalai Lama.

Scientists participating in the conference
believe that for the last many years through The
Mind and Life Institute has endeavoured through
conferences to explore many issues of convergence between science and Buddhism.

Adam, a metaphysics scientist from the USA said,
"What we are finding is that, these meetings with
the Dalai Lama have stimulated scientific
research on how the mind works and the scientists
are learning how to improve attention, emotional
balance, treatment and prevention of disease and
overall stress reduction and many other things
that can lead to better health and well being."

In this conference on mind and life, around 200
delegates including scientists, thinkers,
philosophers, psychologists and neuro-surgeons
from all over the world would make efforts
towards exploring both experimental and
philosophical ideas of attention, memory and mind.

The conference has been successfully conducted for the past two decades.

It would also be a platform for practitioners of
different faiths to come together on a single
platform and discuss issues regarding consciousness. (ANI)
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