Science and Meditation Conference

Themes: Mindfulness-Compassion-Ethics

Scientific presentations, Dharma talks, workshops, guided meditations, roundtable discussion…

Scholars, scientists, contemplatives, mindfulness and compassion teachers…

The language of the conference is English with Hungarian translation.*


Date and location

Budapest, 2018. augusztus 24-26.

Eötvös Loránd University Lágymányosi Campus – Budapest, XI., Pázmány Péter sétány 1/a.

You can find the map of the venue of the conference here.


Guest Institute

                      Mind & Life Institute


The Mind & Life Institute was founded by H.H. the Dalai Lama, neuroscientist Francisco Varela and businessman Adam Engle for more than 3 decades ago. Its mission is to alleviate suffering and promote flourishing by integrating science with contemplative practice and wisdom traditions.


Guest speakers

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD (live stream)

The founder of MBSR and the Center For Mindfulness at the University of Massachussetts Medical School (UMASSMED). Author of numerous bestseller books, e.g. Full Catastrophe Living, Mindfulness for beginners), Wherever You Go There You Are, etc.
Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, (live stream)

The president of the Mind & Life Institute. She has had a productive academic and leadership career studying and teaching mindfulness and compassion practices in health care and higher education at the University of Virginia, Emory University, Harvard Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Author of the book: Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious & Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion & Connectedness
Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD (live stream)

Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She is Founder Abbot of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has lectured on the subject of death and dying at many academic institutions and medical centers including Harvard University. Her latest books are: Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Wisdom in the Presence of Death; Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet.
Antonia Sumbundu

Antonia Sumbundu is trained as a clinical psychologist, specialised in CBT and supervision and have completed an MSt in MBCT from University of Oxford. She has been been teaching MBA both nationally and internationally for many years. For the last 30 years meditation have been a very important part of her life and she studied with excellent teachers from the Tibetan Buddhist and the Insight Meditation tradition. She is an Associated Trainer for Oxford Mindfulness Centre (Dept of Psychiatry, Oxford University).
Niklaus Brantschen SJ

Niklaus Brantschen SJ is a Swiss Jesuit, Zen master of the White Plum Sangha line and founder of the Lassalle-Institute, an institution in the fields of Zen, ethics and leadership within the Lassalle-House in Switzerland. He has been active participant of interfaith dialogue and he was a co-initiator of the Jerusalem-Project. Author of numerous books.
Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami

Ven. Dr. K. Dhammasami is a Theravadin Buddhist Monk. He is Chief Secretary of the International Association of Buddhist Universities.
He studied at Oxford and is now research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies. He is the Buddhist Chaplain to Oxford University. He is also founder-abbot of the Oxford Buddha Vihara in Britain, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar and Serbia. One of his books, Mindfulness Meditation Made Easy has been translated into seven languages.
Lynette Monteiro, PhD

Lynette Monteiro, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Director of Training at the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic. Co-developer of the Mindfulness-based Symptom Management (MBSM) program, her primary interest is developing MBSM for clinical work, pain management, and PTSD. As Clinical Professor at the University of Ottawa, she supervises the training of clinical and counselling psychology interns in MBSM. She is co-author of Mindfulness Starts Here, co-editor of Practitioner's Guide to Ethics and Mindfulness-based Programs.
Kevin Hawkins

Kevin Hawkins is a Senior Trainer for the Mindfulness in Schools Project (UK) and has taught mindfulness to children, teenagers, teachers and parents since 2008. In 2012 he co-founded MindWell, which supports educational communities in developing wellbeing through mindfulness and social-emotional learning (SEL). Kevin is a facilitator for the evidence-based CARE program for teachers. Author of the book Mindful Teacher, Mindful School, Improving Wellbeing in teaching and learning.
Amy Burke

Amy Burke is a former high school teacher, guidance counselor and Student Success Lead who currently works as an educational consultant. She holds a Masters Degree in Contemplative Education from Naropa University and in 2012 she co-founded MindWell. She is a lead teacher trainer with the Mindfulness in Schools Project (“.b” for teenagers) and has also completed mindfulness curriculum training with Dr. Saltzman (Still Quiet Place) and Gina Biegel (MBSR-Teens). Amy is also a facilitator for the CARE program.
Dr. Stephen Parker

Stephen Parker PsyD Psychologist, Certified Yoga Therapist, a leading international teacher in the Association of Himalayan Yoga Societies International and the author of Clearing the Path, The Yoga Way to a Clear and Pleasant Mind, Patanjali, Neuroscience and Emotion (2017).
Szabolcs Sajgó SJ

Szabolcs Sajgó SJ is a Jesuit monk, Director of the House of Dialogue Christian Cultural and Spiritual Center in Budapest. Previously he was the Director of the Manreza House - one of the biggest Christian Spiritual Centers of Hungary. Contemplation teacher and poet; author of several books of poems.
Dr. József Kovács, MD, PhD, D.Sc.

Professor of Bioethics, Head of the Department of Bioethics, Director of the Institute of Behavioural Sciences of the Semmelweis Medical University in Budapest. He was a consultant for the codification works of the new Health Care Act of Hungary especially for formulating the chapter about the rights of the patients. Member of ethics review committees of EU for reviewing research protocols. Author of "Basics of Modern Medical Ethics - Introduction to Bioethics", "Questions of Bioethics in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy".
János Jelen

Rector of the Dharma Gate Buddhist College in Budapest. Expert of history of culture of South-Asia, specialized in history, culture and arts of Angkor. Secretary of the Dhammapada Foundation and President of the Buddhapada Foundation. Previously he served as the Ambassador of Hungary in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
László Zsolnai

Director of the Business Ethics Center and Head of the Department of Business Ethics of the Corvinus University. President of the European SPES Institute in Leuven. Researcher of the fields of business ethics and Buddhist economy. Author of many books, as for example: "Ecology, Economy, Ethics" and "Happiness and Economy: Concepts of the Buddhist Economics".
Gábor Fazekas

Host of the conference, President of the Hungarian Mindfulness and Contemplative Association. Previously he was operating director and associate of the Friends of the Earth Hungary raising awareness of environmental issues. Gabor has been teaching mindfulness for cancer patients in the National Institute of Oncology for 10 years. He has been teaching meditation and different mindfulness-based courses not only in hospitals but also in schools, at companies and in a prison as well.


Program of the Conference

You can download the tentative English program of the conference here.

The organizers reserve the right to change the tentative program.

*1 presentation will be in German, 2-3 guided meditations only in Hungarian.



Hungarian Mindfulness and Contemplative Association

The Dharma Gate Buddhist College (Budapest)

Institute of Behavioral Sciences of the Semmelweis Medical University (Budapest)



Hungarian Society of Psychiatrists

Hungarian Society of Psychologists (Health Psychology Section)

House of Dialogue (Christian Cultural and Spiritual Center)

Himalayan Yoga Meditation Association

Morality-Concentration-Wisdom Buddhist Vipassana Foundation

Business Ethics Center of the Corvinus University


Conference Organizer

Congress & Hobby Service Conference Organizer Company



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Registration fee

 Early Bird
(not available)
Normal (pre-paid)Onsite
Registration Fee-EUR 129EUR 159

Price includes registration and tea- and coffee in the morning and in the afternoon;

does not include meals and accommodations.


Payment and Invoicing

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