Serenity Ridge Dialogues

A FREE ONLINE SUMMIT WITH TENZIN WANGYAL RINPOCHE AND GUESTS

October 9–11, 2020

Watch a preview of the Dialogues in this exceptional conversation between Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Yongey Mingyur HERE

Explore the frontier where Buddhism and science meet

Join spiritual and scientific leaders from around the world to discuss how science and spirituality bridge our human experience and inform our practice.

Featuring Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is a respected and beloved teacher and meditation master from Tibet.

SERENITY RIDGE DIALOGUES

Join us for this special summit at the frontier of science and spirituality.

October 9–11, 2020
When we bring our attention to our body, our breath and our mind, what happens and why? How does our relationship to sensations, thoughts and perceptions change through meditation and other energetic practices? Can science and medicine inform what and how we engage with these ancient traditions?

Join Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and special guest Deepak Chopra, along with leading scientists, physicians and practitioners for a live online summit running October 9–11, featuring deep conversations at the intersection of scientific and spiritual knowledge about body, breath and mind.

Buddhism, medicine, neuroscience, physics, physiology and other contemplative traditions are the heart of this online summit from Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, Ligmincha International and Wisdom Publications.

Preview the Summit with this dialogue between Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Mingyur Rinpoche, moderated by Daniel Aitken, CEO of Wisdom Publications. Hear them share their views on the convergence of science and Buddhism. Watch now!

The official summit will then run October 9–11, entirely online via live Zoom webinars.

  • A Saturday evening conversation between Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Deepak Chopra
  • Four main dialogue sessions, including a capstone dialogue about Body, Breath, and Mind with esteemed experts. Each session features presentations of recent scientific and medical research in a moderated discussion with humanists and contemplatives
  • Guided meditation sessions with Tenzin Wangyal and others throughout each day
  • Guided Tibetan yoga with Alejandro Chaoul-Reich
  • “Lunch with Rinpoche”—a special lunchtime event where we’ll get to listen to Rinpoche and some of our presenters reflect on Buddhism and science in a more casual setting
  • Q&A session where the speakers will answer your questions

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

1. Opening Meditation and Discussion

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche will guide a meditation that brings us into the stillness, silence and spaciousness that exists within us all. Then Daniel Aitken and Rinpoche discuss the topics of the weekend’s sessions.

2. Body

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche – Discussant
Maria Kozhevnikov — Presenter
David Germano — Discussant
Ruth Wolever — Moderator

The Body session dialogues about how meditation techniques affect embodiment. Opening with a discussion about different contemplative styles and methods, the participants consider the neurophysiology of meditation. Current research is presented on how different meditation techniques can enhance control over the autonomic nervous system or activate the sympathetic nervous system. Activation of the sympathetic system in the body arouses phases of alertness and high wakefulness. Styles and methods of Buddhist meditation are mapped onto these findings, suggesting correspondence between meditations derived from Theravada practices with the autonomic nervous system and Vajrayana practices with the sympathetic nervous system. These ideas are brought into conversation with how body-based meditations are understood and practiced in Tibetan Buddhism.

3. Breath

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche – Discussant
Sat Bir Singh Kohsla — Presenter
Tawni Tidwell — Discussant
Alejandro Chaoul-Reich — Moderator

The Breath session discusses breathing practices, especially yoga breathing practices that slow and transform the body and mind. The dialogue session begins with a presentation on how breathing practices can regulate autonomic function, heart rate variability, stress and pain as well as improve gas exchange and respiration in direct correlation with the brain and central nervous system. This cutting-edge yoga breath research is brought into conversation with perspectives from Tibetan medicine, specifically the medical theory of five types of lüng or breaths that relate to autonomic function and stress response. Attention to Tibetan breath practices that suspend the normal timespan of bodily processes at the time of death raise important questions about the connections between body and breath.

4. Saturday Evening Keynote

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche – Discussant
Deepak Chopra – Discussant
Daniel Aitken – Moderator

This session will bring the healing wisdom of the Tibetan Bön tradition into conversation with the latest ideas and discoveries in integrative medicine. Rinpoche and Dr. Chopra will discuss how one can live more holistically in everyday life, across the aspects of body, speech, and mind. They’ll also touch on recent challenges that the world has faced, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

5. Mind

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche – Discussant
Menas Kofatos — Presenter
James Duffy — Discussant
David Vago — Moderator

The Mind session brings together perspectives from quantum physics, psychiatry, and neuroscience to discuss the dialectic between mind and nature. With a presentation on quantum visions of the mind, the session will discuss principles of duality and nonduality, the universality of knowledge, and the interactivity of factors that range from the atomic level of particles to the subject / object dualities of the ordinary mind. The dialogue will probe questions across the sciences of mind to connect ideas about complementarity with real-world practical applications related to trauma, intention, and compassion.

6. Capstone

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Speakers

The Capstone session is the apex of the program. Bringing together in dialogue speakers from each of the thematic sessions of body, breath, and mind, this session synthesizes core ideas and explorations that have emerged during the 3-days. Discussion will intentionally connect-the-dots to bring the overarching themes of the program into a unified whole. This will include dialogue about the neurophysiology of mind and body in relation to breathing, the activation of high wakefulness states through contemplative practices, potentials of deep relaxation, and the indivisibility of mind in the co-constructive processes or participating in reality.

MEET THE SPEAKERS

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is a respected and beloved teacher and meditation master in the Bön Buddhist tradition of Tibet. He has students in more than 25 countries, teaches around the world and reaches thousands of students through his online programs. Trained as a Bön monk, Rinpoche now lives as a householder, allowing him to more fully relate to the needs and concerns of his students. Known for the depth of his wisdom and his unshakeable commitment to helping students recognize their true nature, he is the author of many books and online courses.

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Mingyur Rinpoche was born in the Himalayan border regions between Tibet and Nepal and spent many years of his childhood in strict retreat. At age 17 he became a teacher at his monastery’s three-year retreat center. After completing the traditional Buddhist training in philosophy and psychology, he founded a monastic college at his home monastery in northern India. Mingyur Rinpoche has had a lifelong interest in Western science and psychology. In 2002, he was invited to the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where scientists examined the effects of meditation on the brains of advanced meditators. The results of this groundbreaking research were reported worldwide. In June 2011 Mingyur Rinpoche walked out of his monastery in Bodhgaya, India, to begin a four-and-a-half-year “wandering retreat” through the Himalayas and the plains of India. When not attending to the monasteries under his care in India and Nepal, Rinpoche spends time each year traveling and teaching at his centers on five continents.

Alejandro Chaoul-Reich, PhD

Alejandro Chaoul-Reich is the founder and director of The Jung Center’s Mind Body Spirit Institute. He has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism since 1989, and particularly in the Bön tradition since 1991. Ale is a senior teacher with The 3 Doors and a Tibetan yoga and meditation teacher for Ligmincha International. As an assistant professor and director of education at MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Program, for 20 years Alejandro taught Tibetan meditation to cancer patients, their families and caregivers, and researched the effects of Tibetan mind-body practices with cancer patients. He was recently named a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute.

Daniel Aitken

Daniel is the CEO and Publisher of Wisdom Publications. He is the host of the Wisdom Dharma Chats and the Wisdom Podcast, which has had over a million downloads. Daniel reads Tibetan and has studied Sanskrit and has a PhD in Buddhist Philosophy. His lifelong interest in Tibetan Buddhism, the Tibetan language, and its literature has taken him across Australia, America, India, Nepal, and Tibet to pursue a deeper understanding of Buddhist theory and practice with masters from the living tradition. He is also an experienced business executive with over a decade of insights gathered from corporate and consumer marketing executive roles working for multinationals such as Canon, and large financial firms such as Westpac.

David Germano, PhD

David Germano is executive director of the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia and has taught and researched Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the university since 1992. He is the founding director of UVA’s Tibet Center, which has hosted extensive initiatives in Tibet and Bhutan. He also has worked extensively in digital humanities, software design and transformative uses of digital technology. At the Contemplative Sciences Center, David is working with others to explore the integration of flourishing with students across the education spectrum, including initiatives regarding contemplation, as well as a strong commitment to how education and contemplation can facilitate social equity and environmental resilience. He is currently developing international and national networks of major universities with similar commitments and is lead organizer of an international research community of scholars and translators specializing in the dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

David Vago, PhD

David Vago is the director of the Contemplative Neuroscience and Integrative Medicine (CNIM) laboratory at Vanderbilt University and core training faculty for the Vanderbilt Brain Institute and Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation. He is a research associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University. He also is a research associate in the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dave is the former research director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and senior research coordinator for the Mind & Life Institute, where he is currently a Mind and Life Fellow, supporting the Mind and Life mission by advising on strategy and programs.

Deepak Chopra™ MD, FACP

Founder of The Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a whole health company at the intersection of science and spirituality, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. Chopra is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and serves as a senior scientist with Gallup Organization. He is the author of over 90 books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His 90th book and national bestseller, Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential (Harmony Books), unlocks the secrets to moving beyond our present limitations to access a field of infinite possibilities. For the last thirty years, Chopra has been at the forefront of the meditation revolution and his next book, Total Meditation (Harmony Book, September 22, 2020) will help to achieve new dimensions of stress-free living and joyful living. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.” www.deepakchopra.com

James Duffy, MD

James Duffy is currently professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco Weill Institute for Neurosciences in the School of Medicine. He has previously been a full professor at Cornell, the University of Texas, and the University of Connecticut. He is an elected Fellow of the American Neuropsychiatric Association and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and is board certified in psychiatry, integrative medicine, psychosomatic medicine and medical acupuncture. Jim has a long-held interest in contemplative approaches to healthcare. He lives in the Bay area with his family.

Maria Kozhevnikov, PhD

Maria Kozhevnikov is an associate professor at the National University of Singapore and also a visiting associate professor at Harvard Medical School. She received her PhD from Technion (Israel) jointly with UC Santa Barbara. Prior to joining the National University of Singapore, she held faculty positions at Rutgers University in New Jersey and George Mason University in Virginia. Her research interests focus on examining the neurocognitive bases of creativity and visualization as well as in exploring ways to boost creativity and cognitive capacities through the use of innovative technologies and ancient meditative practices.

Menas Kafatos, PhD

Menas C. Kafatos is the Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair Professor of Computational Physics at Chapman University and director of the Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations. Author, physicist and philosopher, he works in quantum mechanics, cosmology, the environment, climate change and natural hazards, and extensively on philosophical issues of consciousness, connecting science to metaphysical traditions. He leads collaborations of his research teams with a number of universities and international institutions. He holds seminars and workshops for individuals, groups and corporations on the universal principles for well-being and human potential, and works extensively and leads projects in all areas of hazards as well as the impact of climate change on agriculture and natural ecosystems. He is the author of 334 refereed articles and book chapters in Earth and space, quantum mechanics and philosophy, and interdisciplinary publications.

Michael Sheehy, PhD

Michael Sheehy is research assistant professor in Religious Studies, Director of Scholarship at the Contemplative Sciences Center and affiliated faculty with the Tibet Center at the University of Virginia. His work gives attention to Buddhist philosophy of mind, practices of contemplation and the history of thought in Tibet. Previously, he was director of programs at the Mind & Life Institute, a leading organization for scientific research on contemplation. His current research focuses on Tibetan yoga and meditation manuals, and interpretative discourses about Buddhist contemplative practices in the cognitive sciences, cultural psychology and the humanities. He is co-editor of The Other Emptiness: Rethinking the Zhentong Buddhist Discourse in Tibet (SUNY 2019).

Ruth Wolever, PhD, NBC-HWC

Ruth Q. Wolever serves as interim director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt and director of Vanderbilt Health Coaching. She is an associate professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, with secondary appointments in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and an adjunct associate professor at Meharry Medical College. She is the chief science officer for eMindful, Inc., and is a founding member and was inaugural president of the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching. Internationally recognized for her expertise on mindfulness and health coaching, Ruth studies mindfulness-based approaches to self-regulation and lifestyle change. Her research has been funded by a range of national organizations, industry and philanthropy. She is particularly interested in the intersection of mindfulness, behavior change and inter-professional training.

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa is director of research for the Yoga Alliance and the Kundalini Research Institute, and assistant professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School.  He has conducted scientific yoga research since 2001 on yoga for insomnia, stress, anxiety disorders, and workplace and school settings and is a practitioner/instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. He coordinates the annual Symposium on Yoga Research, is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, author of the Harvard ebook Your Brain on Yoga and chief editor of the medical textbook The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care.

Tawni Tidwell, PhD

Tawni Tidwell, a biocultural anthropologist (PhD, Emory University) and Tibetan medical doctor, the first Westerner to have formally completed her Tibetan medical education in a Tibetan institution alongside Tibetan peers. She trained at Men-Tsee-Khang in north India and at the Sorig Loling Tibetan Medical College of Qinghai University in eastern Tibet; the comprehensive five-year medical program followed by an internship and subsequent apprenticeships with master physicians across Tibet. Her doctoral dissertation combined insights from contemporary neuroscience, Buddhist epistemology and biocultural anthropology to understand how Tibetan physicians learn to embody diagnostic practices, particularly for cancer and metabolic disorders. Previously at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and now at the Center for Healthy Minds (Madison, WI), her work includes investigation of how Tibetan medicine understands physiologic, psychologic, pharmacologic and ritual paradigms of transformation and traditional modes of healing and resilience.

2020 Serenity Ridge Dialogues Event Schedule

All events are scheduled in Eastern Standard Time (New York).

October 9
7:00 PM –
8:00 PM
Opening Meditation & Discussion
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche guides a meditation to bring us into stillness, silence and spaciousness. Then Daniel Aitken joins him to discuss the topics of the weekend’s sessions.
October 10
9:00 AM –
9:30 AM
Guided Meditation with Alejandro Chaoul-Reich
We will start the day with a simple meditation of body, breath and mind, to reconnect to our inner refuge or inner home—our heart-mind. This is a practice that was part of many of the meditation and Tibetan Yoga protocols for people with cancer and their caregivers at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
10:00 AM –
11:30 AM
Session 1: Body
The Body session dialogues about how meditation techniques affect embodiment. Opening with a discussion about different contemplative styles and methods, the participants consider the neurophysiology of meditation. Current research is presented on how different meditation techniques can enhance control over the autonomic nervous system or activate the sympathetic nervous system. Activation of the sympathetic system in the body arouses phases of alertness and high wakefulness. Styles and methods of Buddhist meditation are mapped onto these findings, suggesting correspondence between meditations derived from Theravada practices with the autonomic nervous system and Vajrayana practices with the sympathetic nervous system. These ideas are brought into conversation with how body-based meditations are understood and practiced in Tibetan Buddhism.
12:00 PM –
12:45 PM
Body Practice with Aljandro Chaoul-Reich 
Wake up your body’s energetic dimension of channels and chakras through the ancient contemplative practice of Tibetan yoga (Trul khor). This practice explores the potential of your body, breath and mind for clearing obstacles, and be doorways to your openness and clarity in meditation practice, and your everyday life.
1:30 PM –
3:00 PM
Session 2: Breath
The Breath session discusses breathing practices, especially yoga breathing practices that slow and transform the body and mind. The dialogue session begins with a presentation on how breathing practices can regulate autonomic function, heart rate variability, stress and pain as well as improve gas exchange and respiration in direct correlation with the brain and central nervous system. This cutting-edge yoga breath research is brought into conversation with perspectives from Tibetan medicine, specifically the medical theory of five types of lüng or breaths that relate to autonomic function and stress response. Attention to Tibetan breath practices that suspend the normal timespan of bodily processes at the time of death raise important questions about the connections between body and breath.
3:15 PM –
3:45 PM
Breath Meditation with Sat Bir Singh Khasla
4:30 PM –
5:15 PM

Tibetan Medicine Meditation with Tawni Tidwell

6:00 PM –
7:00 PM
Keynote: Healthy Body, Healthy Speech, Healthy Mind, with Deepak Chopra and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
This session will bring the healing wisdom of the Tibetan Bön tradition into conversation with the latest ideas and discoveries in integrative medicine. Rinpoche and Dr. Chopra will discuss how one can live more holistically in everyday life, across the aspects of body, speech, and mind. They’ll also touch on recent challenges that the world has faced, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
October 11
9:00 AM –
9:30 AM
Guided Meditation with Ruth Wolever
We will start the day with a simple meditation of body, breath and mind, to reconnect to our inner refuge or inner home—our heart-mind.
10:00 AM –
11:30 AM
Session 3: Mind
The Mind session brings together perspectives from quantum physics, psychiatry, and neuroscience to discuss the dialectic between mind and nature. With a presentation on quantum visions of the mind, the session will discuss principles of duality and nonduality, the universality of knowledge, and the interactivity of factors that range from the atomic level of particles to the subject / object dualities of the ordinary mind. The dialogue will probe questions across the sciences of mind to connect ideas about complementarity with real-world practical applications related to trauma, intention, and compassion.
12:00 AM –
12:30 PM
Mind Meditation with Jim Duffy
The Redwood Blue Sky practice is a simple but profound contemplative practice that includes visualization, breath, and intention. The practice can be accessed at multiple levels and employed in almost any circumstance. Clinicians will find this practice particularly helpful with people who have experienced trauma.
1:00 PM –
2:00 PM
Online Lunch with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Guests
Rinpoche and panelists will join together for an informal and wide-ranging conversation over lunch.
2:30 PM –
4:00 PM
Capstone
The Capstone session is the apex of the program. Bringing together in dialogue speakers from each of the thematic sessions of body, breath, and mind, this session synthesizes core ideas and explorations that have emerged during the 3-days. Discussion will intentionally connect-the-dots to bring the overarching themes of the program into a unified whole. This will include dialogue about the neurophysiology of mind and body in relation to breathing, the activation of high wakefulness states through contemplative practices, potentials of deep relaxation, and the indivisibility of mind in the co-constructive processes or participating in reality.
October 9

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Opening Meditation & Discussion
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche guides a meditation to bring us into stillness, silence and spaciousness. Then Daniel Aitken joins him to discuss the topics of the weekend’s sessions.

October 10

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Guided Meditation with Alejandro Chaoul-Reich
We will start the day with a simple meditation of body, breath and mind, to reconnect to our inner refuge or inner home—our heart-mind. This is a practice that was part of many of the meditation and Tibetan Yoga protocols for people with cancer and their caregivers at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Session 1: Body
The Body session dialogues about how meditation techniques affect embodiment. Opening with a discussion about different contemplative styles and methods, the participants consider the neurophysiology of meditation. Current research is presented on how different meditation techniques can enhance control over the autonomic nervous system or activate the sympathetic nervous system. Activation of the sympathetic system in the body arouses phases of alertness and high wakefulness. Styles and methods of Buddhist meditation are mapped onto these findings, suggesting correspondence between meditations derived from Theravada practices with the autonomic nervous system and Vajrayana practices with the sympathetic nervous system. These ideas are brought into conversation with how body-based meditations are understood and practiced in Tibetan Buddhism.

12:00 AM – 12:45 PM
Body Practice with Aljandro Chaoul-Reich
Wake up your body’s energetic dimension of channels and chakras through the ancient contemplative practice of Tibetan yoga (Trul khor). This practice explores the potential of your body, breath and mind for clearing obstacles, and be doorways to your openness and clarity in meditation practice, and your everyday life.

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Session 2: Breath
The Breath session discusses breathing practices, especially yoga breathing practices that slow and transform the body and mind. The dialogue session begins with a presentation on how breathing practices can regulate autonomic function, heart rate variability, stress and pain as well as improve gas exchange and respiration in direct correlation with the brain and central nervous system. This cutting-edge yoga breath research is brought into conversation with perspectives from Tibetan medicine, specifically the medical theory of five types of lüng or breaths that relate to autonomic function and stress response. Attention to Tibetan breath practices that suspend the normal timespan of bodily processes at the time of death raise important questions about the connections between body and breath.

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Breath Meditation with Sat Bir Singh Khasla

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
Tibetan Medicine Meditation with Tawni Tidwell

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Keynote: Healthy Body, Healthy Speech, Healthy Mind, with Deepak Chopra and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
This session will bring the healing wisdom of the Tibetan Bön tradition into conversation with the latest ideas and discoveries in integrative medicine. Rinpoche and Dr. Chopra will discuss how one can live more holistically in everyday life, across the aspects of body, speech, and mind. They’ll also touch on recent challenges that the world has faced, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 11

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Guided Meditation with Ruth Woleve
We will start the day with a simple meditation of body, breath and mind, to reconnect to our inner refuge or inner home—our heart-mind.

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Session 3: Mind
The Mind session brings together perspectives from quantum physics, psychiatry, and neuroscience to discuss the dialectic between mind and nature. With a presentation on quantum visions of the mind, the session will discuss principles of duality and nonduality, the universality of knowledge, and the interactivity of factors that range from the atomic level of particles to the subject / object dualities of the ordinary mind. The dialogue will probe questions across the sciences of mind to connect ideas about complementarity with real-world practical applications related to trauma, intention, and compassion.

12:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Mind Meditation with Jim Duffy
The Redwood Blue Sky practice is a simple but profound contemplative practice that includes visualization, breath, and intention. The practice can be accessed at multiple levels and employed in almost any circumstance. Clinicians will find this practice particularly helpful with people who have experienced trauma. 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Online Lunch with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Guests
Rinpoche and panelists will join together for an informal and wide-ranging conversation over lunch.

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Capstone
The Capstone session is the apex of the program. Bringing together in dialogue speakers from each of the thematic sessions of body, breath, and mind, this session synthesizes core ideas and explorations that have emerged during the 3-days. Discussion will intentionally connect-the-dots to bring the overarching themes of the program into a unified whole. This will include dialogue about the neurophysiology of mind and body in relation to breathing, the activation of high wakefulness states through contemplative practices, potentials of deep relaxation, and the indivisibility of mind in the co-constructive processes or participating in reality.

SERENITY RIDGE DIALOGUES SPONSORS:

Ligmincha is a global community of meditators and practitioners of the ancient Bön spiritual tradition of Tibet. The Bön teachings show us how to embrace the joys, sorrows and challenges of life with an open heart. Connecting more fully to ourselves, we connect more fully to life. As the bounded and limited ways we view self and other loosen and open through meditation, the teachings guide us out of suffering toward liberation, or buddhahood. Self-realization is possible for everyone, without exception. Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is our founder and spiritual director.

Wisdom Publications is the leading publisher of books, podcasts and online courses on contemporary and classic Buddhism, mindfulness and meditation. They’re also now the premier membership platform for Buddhists, having launched the Wisdom Experience in 2019 and now providing hundreds of hours of video and thousands of pages of books for members to read online.

The Mind Body Spirit Institute, located within the Jung Center in Houston, helps individuals and communities to flourish with innovative new approaches to cultivating wellness and emotional health. MBSI’s experience and academically based classes and seminars are aimed at reducing stress, improving health and nourishing the human spirit. From insightful single session workshops to long-term, in-depth certificate programs, MBSI offers solutions to those looking to refresh their approach to life, embrace their own potential, and experience greater meaning and satisfaction in their work.

The Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC) of the University of Virginia is advancing the study and application of human flourishing at all levels of education— K-12, undergraduate, graduate, professional and lifelong. In particular we are focused on how educational institutions can better understand and facilitate the types of knowledge, mindsets and practices that promote flourishing. The CSC provides a variety of programs and initiatives in academic classrooms, residential life, digital technologies, research, scholarship, application and social innovation.

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