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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Mindfulness explored as aid in struggle against depression

Here's an interesting conference on Buddhist mindfulness and the treatment of depression. Mario and I devoted a fair amount of space in Chapter 6 of The Spiritual Brain to treatments for a number of mental disorders that depend on getting the mind to change the brain. Apparently,
... the Dalai Lama will meet in dialogue with neuroscientists, academic leaders and mental health professionals at a day-long conference at Emory University on October 20, 2007. Mind and Life XV: Mindfulness, Compassion and the Treatment of Depression is jointly presented by the Mind and Life Institute and Emory University at the Woodruff Physical Education Center on the Emory campus in Atlanta, Georgia.

This event is the fifteenth Mind and Life conference and the first to focus on depression. In the last two decades, these unique gatherings both in the United States and India with the Dalai Lama, neuroscientists, Buddhist scholars, and advanced meditation practitioners, have become the genesis of a new field of scientific research that investigates the effectiveness of techniques to enhance human development and alleviate mental suffering.

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