The Telluride Institute, in collaboration with Stanford’s Center for Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) have struck out on a monumental path that will come to be recognized as a marking point in history. The task, at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is nothing short of forging an encyclopedia of mental life from an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective. The last great work toward this goal was accomplished over 2,000 years ago with the Abhidhamma, the third book of the Buddhist Pali Canon. Today there is a new opportunity with the convergence of Buddhist and Christian contemplative traditions and modern science and psychology. In simple and practical terms this endeavor is one of generating understanding and developing more refined pathways to the realization of our greatest human potential for compassion and altruism—necessary qualities for not just the sustainability of life on Earth, but for the thriving of life.
The summit was such a profound success that we have already begun discussion on a larger event next year. This could not have been so successful without all of the so very important “simple” things in place. To this end we extend our deepest gratitude to Alpine Lodging for graciously housing our visiting scholars and practitioners. We thank Azadi Rugs for their generosity and selflessness. We thank David at Mountain Top Catering for going above and beyond expectation. We thank the Elk’s Lodge for hosting us with keen attention, and Old World Flowers for their kindness and assistance. Last but not least, we extend our deepest gratitude to the overwhelming response from the people of Telluride and the greater Western Slope. Your excitement and support in this project will keep it on its way. Stay in touch!
With warmest regards,
– The Telluride Institute