Cosmology and Consciousness III – “Harmony and Happiness”
November 3-5, 2014
Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

“Harmony and Happiness” explores the important Buddhist concept of interdependence and connections to physical and biological systems in and out of balance. From the physical and biological sciences we will discuss balance and equilibrium, the importance of tiny perturbations and forces accumulating over time. Presentations will also focus on cultivating positive consciousness and well-being from the perspective of learning and teaching, and from the perspective of clinical and contemplative practices. The conference seeks to not only focus on sharing knowledge but also contribute towards a happier life and a harmonious world. Note presentations should focus on our theme of “Harmony and Happiness” but can also connected to our broader theme of the series: Cosmology and Consciousness.

“Cosmology and Consciousness III – Harmony and Happiness” is the third conference in a four part series made possible by the generous funding of the John Templeton Foundation. The conference series convenes Buddhist scholars, and western and Indian scientists in a 3-day dialogue to promote the integration of spiritual values and scientific investigations. The first conference, “Cosmology and Consciousness – a Dialogue a Dialogue between Buddhist Scholars and Scientists on Mind and Matter” was held in Dharamsala, in December, 2011, and was inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and our second conference on “Knowing and Action” was held at the Songtsen Library in Dehradun in 2013.

Complete Brochure (English on page 1, Tibetan on page 23)

Conference Themes

Perspectives on Harmony: Well-being, Self, & Consciousness

Panel Discussion – Perspectives on Harmony
Moderated by Geshe Lhakdor

Harmony and Happiness: Buddhist Views on Interdependence and Compassion– Abstract
Lodoe Songpo

Brain and the Interconnected Self: Science and Signs of Consciousness– Abstract
Sangetha Menon

The Importance of Human Connection, Kindness & Cooperation to Happiness– Abstract
Emiliana Simon-Thomas

Panel Discussion – Perspectives on Harmony: Well-being, Self, & Consciousness
Moderated by Sangetha Menon

Attention, Balance, and Well-being

Compassion Cultivation Training for Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Initial Efficacy from Two Preliminary Studies– Abstract
Marcel O. Bonn-Miller

Emotion Regulation Therapy: A Psychotherapy for Anxious Depression Enriched with Contemplative Practices– Abstract
David M. Fresco

Decentering from Distress: Regulating Negative Emotion by Increasing Psychological Distance– Abstract
Kathrine Shephard

Panel Discussion – Attention, Balance, and Well-Being – Part 1
Moderated by Emiliana Simon Thomas

Clearing the Mind: Dissecting the Effects of Meditation on Cognition by Means of Computational Models– Abstract
Marieke Van Vugt

Reciprocal Interactions between Emotions and Attention – Abstract
Narayanan Srinivasan

Panel Discussion – Attention, Balance, and Well-Being – Part 2
Moderated by Emiliana Simon Thomas

The Interdependent Cosmos & Perspectives on Happiness

In the quest of Harmony & Happiness: The Largest Eye on the Sky– Abstract
Saket Singh Kaurav

The Scientific Search for Equilibrium– Abstract
Paul Doherty

Five steps in developing a Science for the Monk – Abstract
A.K. Mukhopadhyay

Panel Discussion – The Interdependent Cosmos
Moderated by Geshe Lhakdor

Happiness– Abstract
Siling Rinpoche

Panel Discussion – Perspectives on Happiness
Moderated by Geshe Lhakdor

Panel Discussion – Perspectives on Cosmology and Consciousness, Harmony and Happiness
Moderated by Geshe Lhakdor

Conference Slideshow