Mindfullness and Neuroscience: Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Video


On 16 September, 2016, the Dalai Lama visited the University of Strasbourg to discuss the connection of developments in neurosciences with experts in neurology, psychology and philosophy. This event was initiated by M. Jean-Gérard Bloch and the former president of the unversity Alain Beretz.In this video you can see the 2nd round-table discussion moderated by Prof. Dr. med. Cornelius Weiller, director of the Freiburg University Medical Center and member of BrainLinks-BrainTools, with the rheumatologist Dr. Jean-Gérard Bloch and the psychiatrist Dr. Gilles Bertschy.

The three scientists discussed with the Dalai Lama the effect of meditation and mindfullness for the treatment of depression and chronic pain. Gilles Bertschy explains how Mindfullness Based Cognitive Therapy has been shown to have effects on the relapse probability of depression patients. Dalai Lama compares this mindfullness effect to a strong immune system and advocates a more holistic view of illness and health. Cornelius Weiller asked what role language plays in meditational practice and the Dalai Lama answered that to descibe all the different mental states of the mind language is needed and that Indian masters examinated the mind thoroughly and distiguish between a variety of mind sets and mental states.

You can find more information on the event here: https://www.bcf.uni-freiburg.de/news/20160915-dalai-lama


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