Embracing Hope, Courage, and Compassion in Times of Crisis

7 Dec 2021
Mind & Life Institute29 waitingScheduled for Dec 7, 2021
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will have a conversation on Embracing Hope, Courage, and Compassion in Times of Crisis with two scientists followed by a question and answer session online from his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India on December 8, 2021 organized by the Mind & Life Institute.


His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Moderator: John Dunne, PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison

John holds the Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Humanities at the Center for Healthy Minds of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he is also departmental chair of Asian Languages & Cultures. His work, which focuses on Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practice in dialogue with Cognitive Science, includes publications ranging across the Humanities and the Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Mind & Life Institute, where he previously served on the Board of Directors.

Discussant: Elissa Epel, PhD University of California, San Francisco

Elissa is the Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Psychiatry at University of California San Francisco. She studies how stress resilience and mindfulness interventions can protect health and promote thriving. She also studies transforming climate distress into climate action. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, President of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and Co-Chair of the Mind & Life Institute Steering Council.

Discussant: Michelle Shiota, PhD Arizona State University

Michelle (“Lani”) is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Substance Use and Addiction Translational Research Network (SATRN) at Arizona State University. Her research investigates positive emotions, emotion regulation, emotional processes in close relationships, and emotion-related mechanisms of behavior change. She is an editor of the Handbook of Positive Emotions (Guilford) and author of the textbook Emotion (Oxford University Press).

Translator: Thupten Jinpa, PhD Compassion Institute and the Mind & Life Institute

Thupten Jinpa has been the principal English translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama since 1985. He is the founder and president of the Institute of Tibetan Classics as well as the Compassion Institute. Jinpa was trained as a monk at the Shartse College of Ganden Monastic University, and also holds a B.A. in philosophy and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Cambridge University. He is the board chair of the Mind & Life Institute.

Host: Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD Mind & Life Institute

Susan is the President of the Mind & Life Institute. She has held leadership, academic, and clinical roles that have largely focused on fostering resilience through studying and teaching contemplative practices in health care and higher education.

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