sustainable happiness: a dialogue between science and contemplative wisdom

Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, developmental psychologist Dr. Robert W. Roeser from Portland State University, and cognitive neuroscientist Dr. David R. Vago from Harvard Medical School participate in an evening dialogue that explores the concept of sustainable happiness from modern scientific, contemplative and practical perspectives.

What is sustainable happiness? Is sustainable happiness possible in this life? How might it be cultivated through contemplative practices like meditation? What does scientific research tell us about how meditation affects health and happiness? How might sustainable happiness be linked to the broader concept of ecological sustainability?

Mingyur Rinpoche provides an introduction to the practice and science of meditation as a key means of realizing sustainable happiness and guides the audience in a short experience of meditation. Drs. Roeser and Vago, based on their work in educational and medical settings, and with the Mind and Life Institute, discuss new psychological and neuroscientific research findings about how meditation seems to affect health and happiness. Audience members ask Rinpoche and other dialogue members questions at the end of the program.