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The first session of the four day Mind & Life XXX conference on "Perceptions, Concepts and Self - Contemporary Scientific and Buddhist Perspectives" held at Sera Monastery in Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India on December 14-17, 2015.

Session 1 - Introduction and Perception
Moderated by: Roshi Joan Halifax

Perception, Concepts and the Self: Perspectives from Western Science and Philosophy
Presenters: Richard J. Davidson and Jay Garfield

Does our Perception Mirror Reality? Theories of Perception in Buddhist Epistemology
Presenter: Thupten Jinpa

Session 2 - Perception
Moderated by Richard J. Davidson

Project Prakash - Merging Science and Service
Presenter: Pawan Sinha

Session 3 - Perception and Concepts
Moderated by: Jay Garfield

Examining the Perception of Body Sensations: Correlating Aspects of Perceptual Processes with Mind, Self, and Basic Physiology
Presenter: Catherine Kerr

Four Aspects of Concept Formation in the Buddhist Epistemological Tradition
Presenter: John Dunne

Session 4 - Concepts and Language
Moderated by: Carol Worthman

Language and Mind: How the Languages We Speak Shape the Ways We Think
Presenter: Lera Boroditsky

Session 5 - Self in Buddhism
Moderated by: John Dunne

The Self: What Isn’t It?
Presenter: Jay Garfield

The Self in a Buddhist Perspective
Presenter: Professor Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe

Session 6 - Development of the Self
Moderated by: John Dunne

The Self in Engagement: Perspectives from Developmental Psychology
Presenter: Vasudevi Reddy

Session 7 - Self in the World
Moderated by: Roshi Joan Halifax

Self & Ethics: The Science of Altruism
Presenter: Matthieu Ricard

Commentary from the perspective of contemplative science
Presenter: Richard Davidson.

Session 8 - Buddhism-Science Exchange
Moderated by: Carol Worthman

The Exchange of Ideas Between Buddhism and Western Culture: Challenges and Opportunities
Presenters: Geshe Lhakdor, Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Geshe Dadul Namgyal & Yangsi Rinpoche

Closing Dialogue: Integration and Future Directions

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