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Lions Roar : March 2012
SHAMBHALA SUN MARCH 2012 88 Contemplative Psychotherapy.Net An international directory of mindful psychotherapists ContemplativePsychotherapy.Net is a worldwide directory for mindful psychotherapists. This site was created with the desire to help connect people with psychotherapy healers that practice mindfulness-awareness. Please visit www.contemplative psychotherapy.net to find a therapist near you or to learn more about contemplative psychotherapy. www.contemplativepsychotherapy.net scholars from multiple academic disci- plines to study the benefits of contem- plative practices. And of course Richie Davidson’s important work has grown into the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, founded at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2008. “In 2003 there weren’t any real identifi- able laboratories that were doing contem- plative research,” says Adam Engle. “Now there are dozens.” Many are sponsors of the upcoming International Symposia for Contemplative Studies, which will be held in Denver April 26-29. There will be two departures from previous dialogues: this one will accom- modate a much larger audience, and the Dalai Lama will not be in attendance. “We thought it was important to cata- lyze more interest in contemplative science, mainly through non-Dalai Lama-related programs,” says Diego Hangartner. “The conference will allow nonscience people to participate and will include other con- templative practices.” This is something the Dalai Lama wants to encourage, he says. Though the upcoming conference marks a clear expansion into new terri- tory, there are some who wonder if the continuing focus on neuroscience and mindfulness is pulling Mind and Life away from its original mission: to create a true collaboration between contempla- tives and scientists. Alan Wallace ques- tions whether the strong emphasis on neuroscience and cognitive science has left scientists and the public thinking that what happens in the mind is all about what happens in the brain, a premise he disagrees with. Wallace would like more scientists to reassess their basic assump- tions about the nature of reality, some of which, he argues, have never been proven. “Scientists have put too much emphasis on studying the brain and behavior. The mind remains unknown,” says Wallace. Adam Engle, who recently retired as pres- ident of the Mind & Life Institute, expresses a similar concern. “The dominant view in modern science right now is that the mind is coextensive with the brain: if you know everything there is to know about the brain, then you’ll understand everything there is to