Schedule of Talks and Guided Practices


Goodness: Bringing Out the Best in Us

Thupten Jinpa 

President, Compassion Institute

On the essence of the Dalai Lama's message to the world

  • The Dalai Lama’s Message for Us All
  • Guided Meditation

Robert A.F. Thurman

President, Tibet House US

On reality, buddhanature, and buddhism as a path to cultivate goodness

  • Alright Already: The Secret of the Dalai Lama’s Enduring Cheerfulness
  • Sitting with the Dalai Lama to Shape Our Motivation (practice)

Lisa Miller, PhD

New York Times bestselling author of The Awakened Brain, and founder of Spirituality Mind Body Institute

On positive psychology and the Dalai Lama’s message

  • Your Own Awakened Brain
  • Hosting Council & The Road of Life

Rev. Matthew Fox, PhD

Author, theologian, and activist priest

On the Christian view of what the Dalai Lama teaches

  • The Sacredness of Creation
  • Meditation from The Stations of the Cosmic Christ


Compassion: The Foundation of Connection

Phillipe Goldin 

Professor at UC Davis, and leader of its Clinically Applied Affective Neuroscience Laboratory

On learning and teaching compassion

  • The Science and Practice of Compassion Meditations

Cyndi Lee

Founder, OM yoga, author of May I Be Happy

On Self-compassion

  • Tend and Befriend
  • Exploring Unconditional Friendliness, Radical Inclusivity and Self-Compassion / Compassion

Pamela Ayo Yetunde

Co-Founder, Buddhist Justice Reporter, and author

On creating a compassionate and just society

  • Creating a Just and Compassionate Society
  • 3 Practices in 1: Lojong, Lovingkindness, and Tonglen 

Butterfly (Tony Pham)

Meditation & compassion teacher, Tibet House US

On compassion and social change

  • How Deepening into Compassion Calls Us Towards the Practice of Social Justice
  • Working with an Image to Evoke Compassion


Ethics: Upholding Universal Human Values

The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi 

President & CEO, The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT

On The Dalai Lama's call for a new global ethics of universal responsibility

  • Ethical Imagination and Compassionate Leadership
  • Guided Meditation

Brother Phap Luu

Monk and Plum Village Dharma Teacher

On Thich Nhat Hanh's mindfulness teachings

  • Seeing the Five Mindfulness Trainings as a Way Out of Suffering
  • Ethics as a Foundation In a Time of Crisis

Dr. Joe Loizzo

Founder and Academic Director, Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science

On ethical leadership

  • The New Science and Practice of Leading with Compassion and Altruism
  • Internalizing and emulating a mentor of compassion and altruism 

Tenzin Geyche Tethong

Former Secretary to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

& Melvin McLeod

President & Editor-In-Chief, Lion’s Roar

On nonviolence 

  • His Holiness' Historic Advocacy of Peace and Nonviolence


Meditation: The Key to Personal & Societal Transformation

Dan Zigmond

Zen teacher and technologist

On meditation as key to personal and social transformation

  • Meditation as Social Action
  • Full awareness breathing meditation

Daniel Goleman

Psychologist and bestselling author

On emotional intelligence

  • The Dalai Lama: A Meditation-informed Visionary Social Activist
  • Guided Loving-Kindness Meditation

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Founding Abbess, Sravasti Abbey

On the three levels of wisdom

  • The Three Levels of Wisdom
  • Reflection: Hearing, Thinking, and Meditating on the Dharma

Spring Washam

Teacher, healer, author

On meditation

  • The Roots of Presence (Embodying Lovingkindness)
  • Lovingkindness and Compassion Meditation


Wisdom: Seeing Reality Clearly Together

Robert A.F. Thurman

President, Tibet House US

On The Heart Sutra

  • Entering Shakyamuni's Illumination of the Profound Samadhi with the Lord of Compassion
  • Reflection on Openness

Thupten Jinpa

President, Compassion Institute

On Buddhism’s Middle Way Teachings

  • The Middle Way of Wisdom

Dr. Vandana Shiva

Physicist, environmental activist, and author

On the wisdom needed to face our climate crisis

  • Wisdom for Our Environmental Crisis
  • Guided Reflection/Prayer

Pema Khandro Rinpoche

Founder of the Buddhist Studies Institute

On wisdom in the Nyingma tradition

  • Wisdom in the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Guided Zhine meditation 

Closing conversation with

Robert A.F Thurman

President, Tibet House US

& Melvin McLeod

President & Editor-In-Chief, Lion’s Roar

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