Backstage Interviews At Wisdom 2.0

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Many important teachers at Wisdom 2.0 were asked, “What is wisdom?” Jack Kornfield, founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County, California said that it was bringing about connection. His statement was in line with The Declaration of Interdependence. Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, said “Wisdom is understanding plus experience.” Daniel Siegel, co-director of the […]

Search Inside Yourself

Chad-Ment Tan

Search Inside Yourself is a popular course at Google and it is also a book describing the course. It was written by Google’s “Jolly Good Fellow,” Chad-Meng Tan, usually called Meng. Meng is associated with The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and The course and the book take the ideas of […]

Compassion Media Project

Dalai Lama

In this very short video, Dr. James Doty and the Dalai Lama explain the Compassion Media Project at The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University. The value and beneficial effects of compassion on overall health and well-being are significant. Dr. Doty states that compassion results in great pleasure and […]

6 Mindfulness Practices For The Holidays

Emma Seppala

Below are 6 mindfulness practices for the holidays that will help alleviate anxiety, stress, and loneliness. So says Dr. Emma Seppala, the Associate Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University. A link on the CCARE website led to Emma’s article on Psychology Today titled, 6 Quick and […]

The Business Of Mindfulness

Chade Meng Tan

The business of mindfulness is discussed nicely in a recent article in The Economist by Schumpeter. The article is being brilliantly discussed by fellow OI1 members on the OI discussion board. According to the tag line of the article, capitalism is looking for inspiration from Eastern mysticism. For example, Google offers courses “search inside yourself,” […]

The Compassionate Instinct

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The compassionate instinct is a term coined by the University of California, Berkeley professor of psychology, Dacher Keltner. He was one of the contributors to the Sounds True series on The Compassionate Brain hosted by Rick Hanson. His topic was The Evolution of Compassion: From Gene to Meme. According to Compassion: Our First Instinct, an […]

What Goes On In Your Brain When You Meditate

Richie Davidson

This video, which is part of The Science of Consciousness, Dr. Richie Davidson answers the question, “What goes on in your brain when you meditate?” Richie Davidson is a professor of psychology and psychiatry, and director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He also was one of the presenters […]

What Blocks Compassion?

Paul Gilbert

Dr. Paul Gilbert is the head of the Mental Health Research Unit as well as Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby. Dr. Gilbert was another speaker at  the conference for Empathy and Compassion in Society in London in the fall of 2012. His subject was what blocks compassion. He talked about suffering and how we […]

The Four Types Of Compassion

Paul Ekman

Dr. Paul Ekman is a famous psychologist who studied the facial expressions of emotions. Before he met the Dalai Lama, he did not know anything about Buddhism and now he is encouraging people to meditate. I had the great pleasure of listening to him speak at The Center For Commpassion and Altruism Research and Education […]

Roshi Joan Halifax Is Coming To Stanford

Roshi Joan Halifax Is Coming to Stanford

Roshi Joan Halifax is coming to Stanford University in one week on February 20, 2013. She will be in conversation with Dr. Jim Doty, Stanford neuroscientist and founder of The Center for Compassion And Altruism Research And Education (CCARE). When I met Roshi Joan Halifax sixteen years ago, I had no idea she was such an […]

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