Meditation and Medicine

Exploring the Vital Role of Contemplative Disciplines in Medicine & Healing Arts

A dynamic learning community exploring the interphase of contemplative inner-science, medicine, and the healing arts.


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Looking for a possible Internship 1 Reply

hello everyone, My name is Sheri Storino and I am a Senior at Evergreen where I met Dr. Leevy and am wondering if anyone would want to sponsor me for an Internship during winter quarter which starts…Continue

Started by Sheri Storino. Last reply by Sheri Storino Nov 15, 2010.

Meditation & Medicine Workshop 1 Reply

Dear Joel and Michelle,it looks great!!! Sorry that it is a little far away.Sending you much love and hoping to see you in person or via skype soon.much lovealeContinue

Started by Alejandro Chaoul. Last reply by Joel Levey Jul 12, 2010.

What are you reading that is inspiring the interfusion of your practice of meditation and medicine? 3 Replies interview in this edition titled -Friends in Mind, Friends at Heartwith Dan Goleman, Jon…Continue

Started by Joel Levey. Last reply by Karma Chodzin Lalo Dec 12, 2009.

Blog Posts

Meditation Leads to Gene Expression that Optimizes Health and Resilience

With evidence growing that meditation can have beneficial health effects, scientists have sought to understand how these practices physically affect the body.

A new study by researchers in Wisconsin, Spain, and France reports the first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of mindfulness meditation.

The study investigated the effects of a day of intensive mindfulness practice in a group of experienced meditators, compared to a group of untrained…


Posted by Joel Levey on December 8, 2013 at 10:08pm

Meditation Resources & Inspirations from Leveys

We have posted a wealth of information/inspiration on the wide spectrum of contemplative practices at:

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We invite you to explore and share these links with your friends, colleagues, and patients.…


Posted by Joel Levey on April 24, 2013 at 10:27am

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

Looks interesting: Daniel G Amen: 

The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression,
Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness.

Posted by Joel Levey on December 27, 2012 at 8:59pm

Tong Len Meditation notes for Seattle Meditation and Medicine Circle - and friends

The Seattle Meditation and Medicine Circle met this evening and had an inspiring exploration of the variety of healing meditations.  The topic/practice of Tong-Len Meditation came up and we spent quite a bit of time exploring the depths and subtleties of it.  I promised to post some notes here for all to read.  Also see Tong Len guidelines in Sogyal Rinpoche's classic book The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.


Tong Len Meditation:

The Practice of…


Posted by Joel Levey on September 1, 2011 at 11:47pm

VIDEO: The Neuroscience of Happiness Is happiness a skill?

The Neuroscience of HappinessIs happiness a skill?

out Speakers and Moderators Kent Berridge, Richie Davidson, Daniel Gilbert

Modern neuroscientific research and the wisdom of ancient contemplative traditions converge in suggesting that happiness is the product of skills that can be enhanced through training and such…


Posted by Joel Levey on July 14, 2011 at 2:15am

Leveys' Notes on Medicine Buddha Meditation & Teachings at U Minn with Dalai Lama visit May 2011

The link below is for a file of essentialised notes are drawn from Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey’s teachings at the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing on May 6th 2011 titled “Meeting the Medicine Buddha.”  These teachings were offered for the faculty, staff, and…


Posted by Joel Levey on June 6, 2011 at 11:47pm

Compassion Meditation: Mapping Current Research and Charting Future Directions


Great video::::::

This conference brings leading scientists and educators into dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama to discuss the state of current research on empathy and compassion, the scientific study…


Posted by Joel Levey on June 5, 2011 at 11:18pm

Public Symposium with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama: "Buddhism and Neuroscience: a Discussion on Attention, Mental Flexibility and Compassion"

Listen to Podcast Posted at:


“I am convinced that a close collaboration between our two investigative traditions, Buddhism and science, can contribute significantly to developing an understanding of the complex inner world of subjective experience that we call the…


Posted by Joel Levey on May 22, 2011 at 1:32am

Cultivating Compassion with Medical Students

A moving glimpse of some of the Leveys' work with medical student


Worthy of attention.

Posted by Joel Levey on February 23, 2011 at 11:04am

Carefree Dignity = Tsoknyi Rinpoche

"Sometime go outside and sit,
In the evening at sunset,
When there’s a slight breeze that touches your body,
And makes the leaves and the trees move gently.
You’re not trying to do anything, really.
You’re simply allowing yourself to be,
Very open from deep within,
Without holding onto anything whatsoever.
Don’t bring something back from the past, from a memory.
Don’t plan that something should happen.
Don’t hold onto anything in the present.
Nothing you perceive needs to be nailed down.
Simply let experience take place, very freely,
So that your empty, open heart
Is suffused with the tenderness of true compassion."
- Tsoknyi Rinpoche, in Carefree Dignity



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