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Research Council


The 2018 Mind & Life International Symposium for Contemplative Research (ISCR)  will be held at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, near Phoenix, November 8 –11, 2018. The Call for Abstracts opens November 15, 2017. For more information, please visit the Mind & Life Institute website.

Mission and Values

The Center Research Council aims to facilitate the development of collaborative cross-disciplinary research projects on themes related to increased understanding, application, and sustainability of mindfulness, compassion, and resilience.  We envision that the foci of research at Center will range from “neurons to neighborhoods,” including projects addressing questions at the level of basic bench science, individual and family functioning, and community and global well-being.

Among our most important values are: providing opportunities for mentorship of young, developing scholars; embracing an attitude of inclusion that invites diversity among our scholars as well as the individuals and communities with whom we are partnering; addressing questions with real-world implications, including for underserved individuals and communities; and disseminating findings to both scientific and lay communities.


To accomplish its mission, the Council will:

  • Identify grant funding opportunities that target areas relevant to the mission of Center and circulate those announcements to all Center-affiliated individuals
  • Facilitate the submission of extramural grants by providing administrative support and seed funding for collection of pilot data
  • Serve as a source of mentorship for students who are interested in engaging in research related to mindfulness, compassion, and resilience
  • Serve as a source of consultation regarding current validated measures and approaches to assessment of key constructs related to mindfulness, compassion, and resilience
  • Bring together potential collaborators on a quarterly basis to identify key areas of need or interest in the field
  • Provide regular public presentations (e.g., workshops, talks, demonstrations) as representatives of Center regarding current projects and findings