The first meeting of scientists and Dalai Lama on the topic of studying consciousness took place in August 2017 in New Delhi, the second conference "Understanding the world" took place in 2018 in Dharamshala. The main aim of this annual event is to build "conceptual bridges".

This open dialogue was co-organized by the Center for Consciousness Research and the Center for Tibetan Culture and Information. Among the participants in the dialogue was Dmitry Volkov, Ph.D. in philosophy and co-director of the Center for the Study of Consciousness.