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Live Webcast from Dharamsala: Mind and Life XXIII, Ecology, Ethics and Interdepence

In 1984, I attended the Inner Science Conference with the Dalai Lama and Western scientists and clinicians. The Inner Science Conference was the precursor to the Mind and Life Series, that is now in its 23rd incarnation. Amazingly, you can now go inside these meetings by watching this live webcast from India.Below is the information from the Mind & Life Institute. Please avail yourself of this unique opportunity.


Please join us for the live webcast of the conference on our website at Please note that the sessions begin at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm Indian time in October 17, which is 11.5 hours ahead of Denver. Therefore, the conference will begin at 9:30 pm MST on Sunday, October 16. If you experience problems viewing this video, you can also see it at The sessions will be available for streaming and download after the event at

Conference Overview

The slow meltdown of earth’s capacity to sustain much of life, as we know it, poses an urgent challenge for both spiritual traditions and science. These two ways of knowing have developed distinctive responses, which are potentially synergistic. The goal of the meeting is to provide an opportunity to articulate an engaged environmental ethics. This would include the understanding of interdependence through an examination of the most recent data on the scientific case for effective ecological action. Furthermore, it will be a unique opportunity to meet with other faith traditions that have arrived at a religious basis for motivating environmental activism. A dialogue between contemplative scholars, activists and ecological scientists could enrich the response to our planetary crisis. Insights from the new thrust in ecological science evoke the deep interconnections between individual choice and planetary consequence as well as through cross-fertilization of ideas and meaningful action among activists working within their own spiritual framework. We will explore many dimensions, from the human-caused deterioration in the global systems that sustain life, and the role each of us plays as seen through the lens of industrial ecology, to a view from Buddhist philosophy and other faith traditions, to the on-the-ground realities faced by ecological activists. Our hope is that this conference will be a significant catalyst for the formulation of new research ideas in these fields and solutions to our planetary crisis.
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