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Event Details:

Beyond Religion, Ethics, Values and Well-being | October 14, 1:30pm

A Talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama with response by Br. David Steindl-Rast and Fr. Thomas Keating. A unique, precious chance to be in the presence of these three wise elders.

Global Systems 2.0 | October 15, Panel I, 9:30-11:30am; Panel II, 1:30-3:30pm 

This day-long forum is a continuation of The Center’s 2009 inaugural series of conversations with the aim of sparking ideas to address the complex challenges in industry, academia, government, and the world at large through systems thinking and innovation. Global Systems thinking provides practical information from multiple disciplines.

Stages of Meditation: Buddhism for the 21st Century | October 16, 9:30am

A Teaching by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, hosted by Prajnopaya at MIT.

Based on Kamalashila’s essential 8th century meditation text, the teaching offers an in-depth introduction to contemplative practice and its contemporary relevance in day-to-day life.

Auxiliary Events:

To deepen understanding of themes explored in the main events, The Center will host a series of auxiliary events at MIT on October 11, 12 and 13. These talks are free and open to the public. Click here for more information. 

Transformation Crystallized

(Photograph: Greenhouse prototype built from recycled plastic bottles left by tourists in Leh, Laddakh.)

Thoughts from Lex, a Compassionate Young Leader from Idaho:

Over three weeks in Laddakh, India we accomplished much, and not only were able to leave our mark on the country physically, but also spread knowledge and compassion drawing upon a large amount of teamwork ethic. With all 210 Laddakhi school students we painted a mural that brought color to the Jamyang School, symbolizing an interconnection between Idahoans and the Laddakhi people. Also, we built a recycled water bottle greenhouse that demonstrates that waste, such as plastic bottles, can be used in an efficient way helping grow vegetables. It is our hope that the green mind-set and actions are contagious and that the people of Laddakh will continue to reuse and recycle.

This trip improved my compassionate leadership immensely. Although we were accompanied by two adults, the projects and decision making were left to the seven of us Young Leaders. At times this notion was semi-overwhelming, but over the course of the three weeks, we developed a strong group mentality that was very rewarding. I learned to be able to put aside my differences in ideas with others in order to come up with compromises. The students of the Jamyang School in India looked up to us, and that really pushed me to act compassionately and to be a leader.

The relationships that I built with those kids will be in my heart forever. I never thought that I'd make such a connection. I had known that the Jamyang School was made up of very poor children, but it never really hit me until I heard it from them. They have lived such hard lives, and yet they are the happiest most enthusiastic kids I know. These kids are 13 years old, and they have more compassion than most. I had originally thought that I would inspire these kids, but I found it to be just the opposite. I hope to take this knowledge that I gained throughout the rest of my life. Thank you so much for being a supporter and advocate of our group, and I hope will all of my heart that this was just the beginning of the Compassionate Young Leaders.



BORN OF THAI-CHINESE ETHNICITY, Adrian Anantawan began the violin at nine, and has since established himself as “a rising star in classical music” (Globe and Mail). In 2001, he was accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music with a merit-based full scholarship, and completed his bachelor's degree under the tutelage of Ida Kavafian. In past summers, he has also studied with Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman. Adrian also holds graduate degrees from Yale and Harvard Universities, and is a winner of the Rosemary Kennedy International Competition. He currently serves as the conductor of the Dudamel Orchestra at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, MA.

Founded in 2008, Women of the World (WOW) was the brainchild of Japanese vocalist, Ayumi Ueda, a Berklee College of Music alumnus, who dreamt of bringing women from across the globe onto a common creative platform. With performances at Blue Note Jazz Clube and Carnegie Hall, New York, the Beantown Jazz Festival, Symphony Hall and Agganis Arena, Boston, presentations at TEDx Boston, and collaborations with the United Nations, Women of the World continues to spread the message of peace and unity through music.



The vocal ensemble Blue Heron, directed by Scott Metcalfe, has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “one of the Boston music community’s indispensables” and hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for the “expressive intensity” of its interpretations. Combining a commitment to vivid live performance with the study of original source materials and historical performance practices, Blue Heron ranges over a wide and fascinating repertoire, including 15th-century English and Franco-Flemish polyphony, Spanish music between 1500 and 1600, and neglected early 16th-century English music, especially the rich repertory of the Peterhouse partbooks, copied c. 1540 for Canterbury Cathedral.

See you in October. Thank you for your support!

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