Home to Neuroscience and Tibetans, Madison to Welcome Karmapa





Among the dozen major stops on His Holiness the Karmapa’s two-month tour is Madison, Wisconsin—home to a one of the country’s larger Tibetan communities as well as the neuroscience research centers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a focal point for the empirical exploration of the impact of meditation.
Co-hosting the 17th Karmapa during his time in Madison are the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Tergar Community headed by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. In a remarkably fortuitous turn of events, the Tergar Community reports that: “We are just about to move into a new space, and it looks like our very first guest will be His Holiness. What an auspicious beginning for our new home!”
During his visit to Madison, His Holiness will speak on The Heart, the Brain, and Society:
Buddhist and Scientific Perspectives On the Cultivation of Well-being” on April 27. As part of this same event, he will engage in a dialogue with Richard Davidson, the renowned neuroscientist who founded the university’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, as well as Sona Dimidjian, a clinical psychologist whose research explores the treatment depression—and particularly postpartum depression—through contemplative practices. Tickets to this event are free; see details for how to obtain one.
The working team in Madison says, “News of HH Karmapa’s visit to Madison has created a flurry of inspired activity here in the Tergar Community. Working together with our friends at the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, we’re rolling up our sleeves and getting to work to prepare. We are also busy arranging time for His Holiness to speak with neuroscientists, university students, and members of the local Tibetan community. We are especially excited to host a public dialogue between His Holiness, Dr. Richard Davidson, and Dr. Sona Dimidjian on the role that science and Buddhism can play in helping both individuals and societies to ease suffering and foster well-being.”

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