Meditation and the Science of Human Flourishing - I
Mingyur Rinpoche & Dr. Richard Davidson | 1:17:28
It's really wonderful to be with you today and co-sponsored this event with the Turga community. What we're gonna be talking about today is meditation and the science of human flourishing. And with us today, uh, of course is, uh, young gay min Che, who is with us today after his, is it a four and a half year, uh, period?
As a wondering yogi, and we're wonderful. It's wonderful to have him back with us. As you know, he is a, uh, Buddhist monk who is a master of the Karma, Cogi and Inma, uh, sex Tibetan Buddhism. He also has a wonderful book called The Joy of Living. How many of you have. , that's why it's a best seller, , and it is for a good reason.
From that book, there has now been created a program called The Joy of Living, which I think has three parts. Um, and, uh, so, uh, he is going to be in conversation today with, uh, Richie Davidson, who, uh, is probably one of the most well known neuroscientists in the world. In fact, in 2006, I dunno why it didn't go beyond 2006.
At that time, he was one of the most hundred influential people in the world. Uh, I think he's about 103 now. So he is a professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin. Uh, he's also the director of the affective, uh, neuroscience, uh, uh, group there, and also the founder and director of the Weiss.
Uh, center and the Center for investigating healthy minds. As a neurosurgeon, unfortunately, I deal with dealing with diseased minds, but, uh, but I'm blessed to actually be able to do that work. Um, so, uh, Richie has also been in the forefront or at the forefront of this whole movement on studying how meditation and mental training affects the brain.
And, uh, like me, he has a belief and the research bears it out that not only is compassion really at the core of who we are and defines who we are, but in fact, uh, we can train individuals to potentiate their compassion and by doing so, have really a profound, profound effect on their lives, and in fact, so profound that we know.