This conference has been in the planning for over 5 years. Before we could have this conference, we had to build the community's capacity and connectedness so that the community would attend such a conference. As a unique community, we have become a hub of practice around the world. We are made up of contemplatives and scientists who are attempting to have a dialogue about how to integrate this practice into life. We hope this conference will offer another opportunity for a meeting of minds, so that we and society might benefit from our shared intent of M/WE.