International Symposium for Contemplative Research 2018

International Symposium for Contemplative Research 2018

November 8–11, 2018 | Phoenix, AZ | Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass




The biennial Mind & Life International Symposium for Contemplative Research (ISCR) is the flagship academic conference for interdisciplinary investigations of the mind and contemplative practices.

We welcome all engaged in contemplative research and those who seek to understand how to apply this research in their work and communities.

What You’ll Find at ISCR:

Lectures from Keynote and Master Faculty
Panel Discussions
Contemplative Artists
Contemplative Practice Sessions
Paper and Poster Presentations
Opportunities to Share and Connect
Social Events


In addition to more than one hundred presenters accepted through our call for abstracts, we will feature over 20 distinguished, invited speakers:


Keynote Speakers and Panelists:

Sona Dimidjian, University of Colorado, Boulder
Dan Harris, 10% Happier
Jon Kabat-Zinn, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Jack Kornfield, Spirit Rock Center
Darnell Lamont Walker
Laura Rendón, University of Texas-San Antonio
Zindel Segal, University of Toronto
Tania Singer, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences


Catherine Kerr Lectures:
Norman Farb, University of Toronto
Patricia (Tish) Jennings, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia


Master Lecture Speakers and Panelists:

Gregory Cajete, University of New Mexico
Eric Garland, The University of Utah
Oliver Hill, Virginia State University
Amishi Jha, University of Miami
Rhonda Magee, University of San Francisco
Dominique Malebranche, The Trauma Center
Erin McCarthy, St. Lawrence University
Chikako Ozawa-de Silva, Emory University
Harold Roth, Brown University
Ed Sarath, University of Michigan
Judith Simmer-Brown, Naropa University
Helen Y. Weng, University of California, San Francisco
Fadel Zeidan, Wake Forest School of Medicine


Contemplative Faculty:

Cynthia Bourgeault, Center for Action and Contemplation
Richard Freeman, Yoga Workshop
Roshi Joan Halifax, Upaya Zen Center
Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, The Inayati Order
Zvi Ish-Shalom, Kedumah Institute and Naropa University
Jack Kornfield, Spirit Rock Center
Louis Komjathy, University of San Diego
Matthieu Ricard, Karuna-Shechen
Mary Taylor, Yoga Workshop



ISCR 2018 Program Planning Committee

Norman Farb, University of Toronto
Dominique Malebranche, Justice Resource Institute
Judith Simmer-Brown, Naropa University
Erin McCarthy (co-chair), St. Lawrence University
Zindel Segal (co-chair), University of Toronto
Eboni Bugg, Mind & Life Institute (ex officio)
Michael Sheehy, Mind & Life Institute (ex officio)


Schedule Coming Soon

Location, Venue, and Room Reservations

Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass
5594 W Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

This year’s ISCR will be held at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, located 22 minutes drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). If you’d like to stay at the Sheraton Grand during ISCR, Mind & Life Institute has secured a block of rooms available at a group rate of $189 per night, plus tax (resort charge is complimentary for attendees).

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About the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass
The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass is a Native American-owned resort devoted to Cultural Sustainability. It is located on the Gila River Indian Community, which spans more than 580 square miles and has been continually inhabited by the Pima (Akimel O’otham) and Maricopa (Pee Posh) tribes for two thousand years. Designed to be an authentic representation of the Gila River Indian Community’s heritage and culture, the architecture, design, art, and legends of the these tribes are celebrated in every detail at this Phoenix resort. The hotel has been an inspiration for how to respectfully and authentically share Native American culture at a luxury resort. Read more about their commitment to cultural sustainability. The resort is located in the Sonoran Desert.

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Scholarship applications were accepted through June 15

Mind & Life is committed to building a rigorous community of interdisciplinary contemplatives, scholars, and scientists that integrates diverse perspectives and experiences. We aim to maximize the benefits of diversity and to use diversity as a tool for enriching the field of contemplative research. We welcome candidates of all races, classes, genders, ages, religions, physical abilities, and sexual orientations. With the support of a generous donor, funding is available for emerging scholars who might otherwise be unable to attend ISCR. Scholarships reduce the registration fee to $50. Some scholarship recipients may also receive a small stipend, and reimbursements for accommodations and travel expenses.

CE Credits

Continuing Education credits will not be offered for ISCR 2018.

New This Year:

Community Resource Fair

ISCR will host a Community Resource Fair on Friday evening. This will be an engaging networking event to share information on your academic program or contemplative nonprofit while learning about like-minded community resources.

Participants may include:

  • academic centers, departments, or labs
  • non-profits doing applied work in education, health, and social justice
  • entities funding contemplative research
  • non-profit contemplative retreat centers

Participants will receive complimentary registrations and student scholarships (when applicable), table space at event, program recognition and other benefits.

Please join the community for this engaging social occasion!


Sponsoring ISCR is an opportunity to support the world’s preeminent scientific meeting on contemplative research, offering insights on the most recent studies, and applications for enhancing well-being across society. We invite you to commit to supporting this community event and become involved at a deeper level.

Individuals, academic programs, corporate and nonprofit organizations are invited to partner with Mind & Life and receive exclusive, customized benefits. Details available here. For more information, please contact


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