dalai_lamaHis Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, and some of the world’s most respected thought leaders, are coming together May 15 in Madison, Wisconsin, to discuss how neuroscience, environments, economics, and health care can combine to make the world a healthier, happier place.

They will engage in what promises to be an extraordinary dialogue on sustainable health and well-being at the Overture Center for the Arts in downtown Madison.

Two sessions will take place, moderated by Arianna Huffington and Dr. Daniel Goleman, featuring conversations on Global Health and Well-being, followed by conversations on Science, Happiness and Well-being. Panelists include: His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama; Dr. Richard J. Davidson, neuroscientist; Dr. Ilona Kickbusch, global health leader; Dr. Jonathan Patz, environmental health leader; Dr. Don Berwick, health care leader; Richard Layard, economist; and Dr. Matthieu Ricard, Buddhist monk and scholar.

The Dalai Lama and the other panelists share the belief that a healthier world is a happier world, and that discovering ways to improve global health and sustainable well-being is one of the most important topics of our time. Dialogues will be organic conversations between the Dalai Lama and thought leaders revolving around how science, contemplative practice and modern analytical tools can be combined to make the entire world a happier, healthier place.

This event is co-hosted by the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center and the Global Health Institute, both at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds conducts rigorous scientific research on healthy qualities of mind such as kindness, compassion, forgiveness and mindfulness. An inter-disciplinary team of scientists is exploring a wide range of ideas from the impact of a kindness curriculum in schools to the effectiveness of yoga and breathing exercises in reducing the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in military combat veterans.

The Global Health Institute (GHI) expands the UW-Madison’s global health educational initiatives to examine the root causes of illness, including environmental, economic, social and political factors. Director Dr. Jonathan Patz, who shared a Nobel Prize for his work with the United Nations Panel on Climate Change, believes highly integrated solutions will improve health today and ensure a healthy future for all.

Tickets for the event are sold out, but visit cmcw2013.wisc.edu for complete details. The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (www.investigatinghealthyminds.org) will be live-streaming the event.

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