Science Of Compassion

“I truly believe compassion provides the basis of human survival, the real value of life, without that there is a basic piece missing. We cannot be happy ourselves without thinking about the happiness of others.” ~His Holiness, the Dalai Lama


This month the Stanford University Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) will present “The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures and Interventions”, the first large-scale international conference of its kind dedicated to study of compassion at the Telluride Institute. Focusing on the basic science of compassion, approaches and the benefits compassion can afford to health, well-being and psychosocial function, top researchers and clinicians will meet to exchange ideas and information, to test conceptual consensus and to forge collaborative alliances. The conference will also survey existing compassion-focused structured after mindfulness-based interventions for stress reduction or loving-kindness. The conference will work to catalyze more powerful multisite research on the nature of compassion as well as the translational utility of compassion science to public health.

On July 18th and 19th, preceding the Science of Compassion, the Telluride Institute will present the “Compassion Festival” to explore how we can increase compassionate interaction in our regional communities. This portion of the event will feature talks by Native American leaders and others wisdom representatives from around the globe. See the Compassion Festival Website for information.


CCARE was established at Stanford University within the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Research at the School of Medicine to support and conduct rigorous scientific studies of compassion and altruistic behavior. Drawing from several disciplines including neuroscience, psychology, economics and contemplative traditions, research at CCARE also examines methods for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society-wide.

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