Telluride Institute News: Clifford Saron – Meditation And The Mind

[click “Play” to hear Pamela Zoline’s interview with Clifford Saron]


by Pamela Zoline


Among the frontiers on which we, smart chimps or bruised angels, find ourselves, perhaps the most intriguing, dangerous and profound is right here and now as we peer into the galaxies within our brainpans and begin to understand. Dr. Clifford Saron, Assistant Research Scientist at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California at Davis, is at the helm of the starship. His research style, rather than swashbuckling, is exquisite, patient, impeccable, respectful, and has to do with the most powerful experiment design, and the most sensitive investigation of psychological and physiological processes. This is basic and rigorous research into how meditation affects the mind. It takes the exploration beyond religion and even beyond first-person accounts into the realm of what can be tested and measured.

“Measure measure measure,” His Holiness is reported to have said of these procedures, encouraging scientists to understand, replicate. and share these understandings. To messily mix metaphors and disciplines, we see Clifford Saron at the helm of the starship, at the edge of the envelope, constructing the architecture which will allow us to integrate Buddhist contemplative practices with Western science to advance the study of the mind and provide some critical just-in-time tools for the human enterprise.

Don’t miss Clifford Saron’s keynote on Saturday, July 9, in the Sheridan Opera House, Telluride. As a featured player in “Compassion for a World in Crisis”, put on by the Telluride Institute and C CARE of Stanford, Dr. Saron’s talk is guaranteed to sizzle and illuminate.

The Compassion Festival will be held July 8 – 10 at the Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, Colorado. More info, full schedule of events, and tickets (transferable tickets are $100 for the whole package)  at, or call us at 970 728 8312. Tickets to individual sessions ($20 each) will be available ten minutes before that session. Tickets are also available at the Main Street table during lunch hour on Tuesday, Wednesday, the Farmers’ Market on Friday, and at the Telluride Music Company at 201 E. Colorado Ave.

More details about this fantastic event, right here at Telluride Inside… and Out.

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