Mind & Life Institute

The Mind & Life Institute seeks to understand the human mind and the benefits of contemplative practices through an integrated mode of knowing that combines first person knowledge from the world's contemplative traditions with methods and findings from contemporary scientific inquiry. Ultimately, our goal is to relieve human suffering and advance well-being. We promote and support rigorous, multi-disciplinary scientific investigation of the mind which will lead to the development and dissemination of practices that cultivate the mental qualities of attention, emotional balance, kindness, compassion, confidence and happiness We believe that only through this integrated investigation can we achieve an accurate understanding of how the mind works, the benefits of mental fitness, and the best practices for achieving mental and emotional fitness.

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(3/4)|89.39 Score


(4/4)|99.8 Score

Accountability & Transparency

(3/4)|85 Score



Headquarter Address

210 Ridge McIntire Road
Suite 325
Charlottesville, VA 22903