International Symposium for Contemplative Research 2018

International Symposium for Contemplative Research 2018

The Intersection of Contemplation, Research, and Daily Life
November 8–11, 2018 | Phoenix, AZ | Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass



The Mind & Life International Symposium for Contemplative Research (ISCR) is the flagship conference for interdisciplinary investigations of the mind, meditation, and other contemplative practices. We are teachers, researchers, scientists and scholars. We are activists, politicians and business leaders. We are parents, students, social workers and first responders. We are instructors, writers, filmmakers and philosophers. We are all change-makers.


Learn from leading researchers in the field
Share your experiences in a welcoming environment
Connect with others in this growing community

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

Join us at ISCR 2018. Come explore the many facets of mindfulness, compassion and contemplative practice with leading researchers, renowned teachers and diverse practitioners from around the world. Experience deep learning from different disciplines, immerse yourself in rich conversation, and explore this unique intersection of academic research and heartfelt wisdom that will help to inform your work, your practice, and your daily life.


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

Click on a speaker to read their full bio


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)


Download the ISCR 2018 App
For the most comprehensive, up to the minute information on the program, download the ISCR App on your mobile device. Search “ISCR 2018” in either the Apple App Store or Google Play.

With the ISCR 2018 App you can:

  • Check out the 350+ sessions available at the conference.
  • Login to create and save your own personalized schedule.
  • Check out speaker profiles.
  • View a full list of all registered attendees.
  • See the book vendors and sponsors who support this symposium.
  • View the conference space floor plans.
  • Take notes and photos on sessions directly in the app
  • Send messages to other attendees.
Keynotes, Master Lectures,
Arts and Contemplative Practice
View Schedule »


General Registration


Student Registration


Monastic & Clerical


CE Credits

Continuing Education credits will not be offered for ISCR 2018.

Location, Venue, and Room Reservations

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

A limited number of rooms may be available at the Sheraton Grand. Contact Monique at (520) 796-8276 for more information.

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). A limited number of rooms may be available at the Sheraton Grand. Contact Monique at (520) 796-8276 for more information.

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.


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

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!


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