The 23rd in the series of Mind and Life conferences will be held in Dharamshala, at the exile residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from October 17 – 21.
The Mind and Life XXIII – Ecology, Ethics and Interdependence will lay focus on the interconnection between individual choices and environmental consequences and try to find answers to the challenges thrown by the “slow meltdown of Earth’s capacity to sustain much of life”.
“The goal of the meeting is to provide an opportunity to articulate an engaged environmental ethics. This would include the understanding of interdependence through an examination of the most recent data on the scientific case for effective ecological action,” the conference organisers said in a release.
The Dalai Lama will be holding dialogues with contemplative scholars, activists, and ecological scientists to “explore many dimensions, from the human-caused deterioration in the global systems that sustain life, and the role each of us plays as seen through the lens of industrial ecology, to a view from Buddhist philosophy and other faith traditions, to the on-the-ground realities faced by ecological activists”.
“Our hope is that this conference will be a significant catalyst for the formulation of new research ideas in these fields and solutions to our planetary crisis” the organisers said.
Eminent scholars including John Dunne, Associate professor at Emory University, Sallie McFague, Theologian in Residence at the Vancouver School of Theology in British Columbia, and Jonathan Patz, Professor and Director of Global Environmental Health at the University of Wisconsin in Madison will be participating in the five-day conference.
Live webcast of the conference will be available on the website of the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from 9 am to 3 pm India time.