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From the Promoter

Nobel laureate, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will address the public on the education of the heart and the mind on October 20, 2017, at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

He will discuss the importance of compassion, secular ethics and well-being, and their applications in the modern world. Esteemed neurobiologist Dr. Michael Meaney from McGill University will give the opening remarks on the science of compassion.

The Dalai Lama will speak in the spirit of the Mind and Life Dialogues, which began in 1987 as intimate conversations between His Holiness and leading scientists and scholars to develop an understanding of the mind in relation to human behavior. These conversations have since grown to include large public and private events addressing critical issues of modern life at the intersection of scientific and contemplative understanding.

The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, he is an honorary citizen of Canada, and he is an internationally revered proponent of secular ethics, inter-religious harmony and human happiness. He is co-author with Archbishop Desmond Tutu of the best-selling “Book of Joy.” He is also the recipient of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize for his message of nonviolence, reconciliation and reverence for all living beings.

The event is organized by the Mind & Life Institute, a nonprofit organization founded in 1991, providing grant funding for research projects and think tanks, and hosting academic conferences and Dialogues with the 14th Dalai Lama. Its mission is to alleviate suffering and promote flourishing by advancing the interdisciplinary field of contemplative sciences, deepening understanding of the mind, and promoting evidence-based applications of meditative practices in real-world contexts.