"My main interest is promoting ethics without touching religion. Ethics are universal values. We must find a way to promote the basic human values in a secular way without touching religion. In order to do this, the scientific findings are very, very convincing and Richard's work is very helpful in this field. Sometimes I call him guru of science!" -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama
In 1992 Professor Richard Davidson, one of the world's leading neuroscientists, met the Dalai Lama, who encouraged him to apply the same rigorous methods he used to study depression and anxiety to the study of compassion and kindness, those qualities cultivated by Tibetan meditation practice.
FREE THE MIND is the fantastic tale of how one man's vision provides a turning point in the lives of three people.
Professor Davidson sets out to discover if, and how, it may be possible to physically change the brain using only the power of thought.
Steve and Rich are just two out of thousands of American war veterans. Their lives have turned into painful nightmares: they are restless insomniacs tormented by their own consciences after events witnessed and deeds done during wartime.
Will, just 5 years old, suffers from ADHD and anxiety. His parents are eager to try options other than those provided by traditional medicine.
Can Professor Davidson make a difference? Can he free these people from their miserable existences and help them lead ordinary lives? FREE THE MIND follows the three test subjects on a daring journey into the deepest recesses of the human mind.