First Noble Truth of Buddhism

Before I summarize my experience in Dharamsala, I want to repeat what His Holiness the Dalai Lama consistently articulates: "The First Noble Truth in Buddhism is to alleviate suffering." I am not a Buddhist, nor is my involvement with the Mind and Life Institute and His Holiness about Buddhism. I am passionate about alleviating suffering, our own and others, as well as raising human consciousness which requires a state of awareness achieved through mindfulness and our neutral observer. I have been blessed over the past couple years to participate in several dialogues between the Dalai Lama and a variety of scientists regarding brain activity, states of consciousness and a variety of human conditions. The scientists provide the theoretical evidence for discussion. People like myself (practitioners, change agents, activists, leaders) apply the science to our work in creating sustainable change within individuals, organizations, communities and humanity. We are taking the scientific experience out of the lab and into the world, discovering what actually works and what doesn't in reality.