The Mind's Own Physician
Edited by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Richard J. Davidson; with Zara Houshman
In Washington, DC, the Dalai Lama met with Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of "Full Catastrophe Living," Richard Davidson, and other leading meditation researchers to explore the intersection between ancient meditation techniques and modern neuroscience. The result is a fascinating and revealing conversation about the potential of the human mind to heal itself through mindfulness meditation, transcribed and presented to the public for the first time in "The Mind’s Own Physician."
Praise for The Mind's Own Physician
Special Thanks to the Following People who made this book possible
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, for his enduring inspiration and commitment to mutual engagement and inquiry between the contemplative traditions and science, and to rigorous research to expand our understanding of the nature of mind and its potential to adequately address the full scope and dimensionality of human suffering.
Adam Engle for his incomparable leadership of the Mind & Life Institute over the past 25 years and, in particular, during the last 10 years, when its mission expanded in so many complex and important ways.
Thupten Jinpa for his remarkable translating skills, his transparent presence, and his boundless commitment to His Holiness.
Judy Martin for her organizational wizardry. Dave Womack for helping secure the photographs for this volume. The entire staff of the Mind & Life Institute for their profound commitment to the mission of Mind & Life and the huge dedication they bring to all aspects of their work, often behind the scenes. To former Mind & Life staff members Nancy A. Mayer, Dave Mayer, Cathy Chen-Ortega, and Sidney Prince for the enormous effort, skill, and goodwill they put into organizing the 2005 meeting.
Zara Houshmand for the pleasure of working with her and the benefit of her finely honed intellect and incisive editorial skills, fully tuned to the Mind & Life culture and ethos. Jasmine Star for her excellent, essential, comprehensive, and unrelenting editorial work on the manuscript to bring it into its final form.
The staff of New Harbinger Publications who nurtured the development of this book at every stage with a high degree of professionalism and a seamlessly integrated team so that every base was covered when it needed to be: Catharine Meyers, Jess Beebe, Michele Waters, Adia Colar, Amy Shoup, Heather Garnos, Janice Fitch, Melissa Valentine, and Matt McKay.
We extend our gratitude to all the speakers and panelists for their important contributions to the dialogue, and to all the participants who attended the 2005 meeting. As we noted, the audience constituted a gigantic force at this gathering. Through their presence and their own work, their contributions to the ongoing confluence of these two epistemological streams are keeping the field vital and endlessly creative.
And finally, we wish to express our deep gratitude to all the people who agreed to be subjects in the various studies that were presented. All of us, and indeed the world, are potential beneficiaries of your engagement in this work. We also acknowledge our deep debt to the animals used in some lines of research.