Recently, the Australian Institute for Consciousness Studies was invited to attend the 22nd Mind and Life conference, being held in Delhi (November 20-23rd 2010). I am taking with me a Professor from the University of Tasmania Psychology department, hoping that HHDL will inspire him to do more research in meditation. Quite exciting as you can imagine.

The Mind and Life XXII conference in New Delhi, November 2010, has been requested by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and it is dedicated to the topic: Contemplative Science – The Scientific Study of the Effect of Contemplative Practice on Human Biology and Behaviour.

I arrive in Delhi a day before the conference and leave a day after. Should have some photos of the Prof. and I in and around Delhi sometime after that. We will see.

Given I am in India, I plan to stay on for a while after the conference. First traveling to Dharamsala to catch up with old friends, as well as work on a translation of a text by Tsongkhapa (a 14th C.E Tibetan philosopher and contemplative) for my Ph.D—more on that later.

Then, in January I will travel down to Sarnath to attend His Holiness’ teaching:

Teaching in Sarnath, U.P., India from January 12 to 16: His Holiness will give five-day teachings on Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (chodjug) & Kamalashila’s The Middling States of Meditation (gomrim barpa). The teachings will be held near the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies.

After this I will then travel back to Dharamsala for a bit before heading back to Australia some time in or around…well, we will see.

Rooms are booked. Tickets purchase. All that is left to do now is wait for the 17th of November to roll round. How many sleeps is that? Oh, and can you believe it has been almost two year since I was in India last! Wow, is it really that long?


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