Science and Spirituality Conference: October 23–24, 2017


with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Presenters

Buddhism and Science BJoin Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and a select group of presenters to learn about how meditation and other spiritual practices can bring about healing of physical and emotional pain. Rinpoche will deliver the keynote address at this special Science and Spirituality Conference, guide meditation sessions and participate in a panel discussion.  

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the growing dialog on contemplative science. Invited scientists, researchers and other presenters will discuss their work on the impact of contemplative meditation practices on physical, emotional and mental pain, with opportunities for participants to share in discussions and meals with the presenters.

Previous conferences have drawn well-known researchers from around the country, and this year also promises to be a lively interchange on a range of current topics.

The conference will begin on Monday, October 23, at 9 a.m. and will end Tuesday, October 24, at 3 p.m. Participants are encouraged to come earlier to attend the annual Fall Retreat led by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche held October 18–21. The topic is “The Knowledge and Wisdom of Longevity: Teachings and Empowerment from the Tsewang Jarima.” Also join us October 22 for a free daylong celebration of Ligmincha International’s 25th Anniversary.

In addition to Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International, presenters will include:

  • Alejandro Chaoul-Reich, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Integrative Medicine Program, Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas; Director of Research, Ligmincha International. He will be the conference moderator.
  • Claire Clark, Ph.D., Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Utah school of Medicine and part of Ligmincha’s research team.
  • James Coan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Virginia Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Virginia. Coan brings insights from social and affective neuroscience to clinical, business and research audiences around the world.
  • Julieta Galante, Ph.D., Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, England, and a Mindful Trust Research awardee. She will present on how mindfulness training builds resilience with youth: a trial with University of Cambridge students.
  • David Germano, Ph.D., Director of the Contemplative Sciences Center, University of Virginia. Germano’s personal research focuses on Tibetan history, with a special focus on contemplative and philosophical traditions.
  • Eric Garland, Ph.D., LCSW, Presidential Scholar, Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor in the University of Utah College of Social Work, Associate Director of Integrative Medicine in Supportive Oncology and Survivorship at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Garland is the developer of an innovative, multimodal mindfulness-based called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE).
  • Michael Gawrysiak, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Delaware State University and Psychology Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Brain Behavioral Vulnerabilities, Addiction Treatment Research Center, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Gawrysiak will discuss research on The 3 Doors Compassionate Project for healthcare professionals.
  • Sarah Prinsloo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas. Prinsloo’s focus is on neuroimaging during mind-body intervention.
  • Michael Sheehy, Director of Programs, Mind & Life Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia, and faculty member at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, where he is affiliated with the Contemplative Sciences Center and Tibet Center.
  • Barbara Stefik, Ph.D., and Mark Stefik, Ph.D. Barbara and Mark are co-authors Breakthrough: Stories and Strategies of Radical Innovation. Mark is a research fellow with the Palo Alto Research center. They will present on the effects on pain of a contemplative online course by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.
  • Gabriel Rocco, M.A., and Marcy Vaughn, M.A. Gabriel is senior instructor, University of Pennsylvania Program for Mindfulness. Marcy is a retreat and meditation leader with Ligmincha International. Both are therapists in private practice in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, senior students of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, and senior teachers with The Three Doors Academy. They will present on The Three Doors Compassion Project and lead meditations from this program.
  • Yangdron Kalsang, Doctors of Tibetan Medicine. Yangdron Kalsang is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist who teaches at Stanford University School of Medicine.He will present on the topic "Tibetan Medicine for Mental Health and Spirituality."

You are cordially invited to attend the annual Fall Retreat, on The Knowledge and Wisdom of Longevity, October 18-21 and a special day of activities October 22 commemorating Ligmincha International’s 25th Anniversary.


Retreat Cost (meals and accommodations extra): $215 (student rate $125)

We are pleased to announce that beginning with Fall Retreat, Serenity Ridge will be using new registration software. Please note: The cost of meals will no longer be included in the registration price. If you are staying onsite, the cost of meals will be included with accommodations. If you commute, meals will be an add-on. You may not register for a retreat without meals.   

Meals will begin with dinner on October 22 and end with lunch on October 24. Registration and check-in will begin at 6 p.m. on October 22. 

Important note: Due to the 25th Anniversary commemoration on October 22, NO CARS will be allowed onto the property after 7:30 a.m. on that day, and parking will not be available, until after 6 p.m. You can park on Rockfish River Road near Drumheller Lane, and shuttle service to Serenity Ridge will be available between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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