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"I believe that to meet the challenges of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. It is the foundation for world peace."

The Dalai Lama at Stanford in October 2010

February 7, 2010

Press Release for WTN
February 4, 2010

Stanford University has announced a visit by His
Holiness the Dalai Lama scheduled for October
14-15, 2010 during which he will give a public
lecture entitled, “The Centrality of Compassion
in Human Life and Society." Following the public
lecture there will be a scientific symposium on
October 15th entitled, “Scientific Explorations of Compassion and Altruism”.

The invitation was extended by dean of the
Stanford School of Medicine, Philip Pizzo and
James Doty, founder and director of the Center
for Compassion and Altruism Research and
Education (CCARE) at Stanford University.

"Interest in the neurosciences by the Dalai Lama
has spanned over two decades," says Doty. It is
this interest that stimulated his involvement in
the research that Doty initially began in an
informal way with a number of Stanford scientists
and ultimately led His Holiness to make the
largest personal contribution he has ever made to scientific research to CCARE.

The scientific symposium will include a dialogue
between His Holiness and Stanford researchers and
collaborators in which the results of a number of
scientific studies sponsored by CCARE focused on
compassion and altruism will be presented. This
meeting will also present, for the first time,
the results from studies utilizing a compassion
training protocol developed at Stanford.

"His Holiness through his writing and speeches
has always maintained that the core of a happy
life is compassion and altruism, we hope through
the groundbreaking work that we are doing at
CCARE that we can provide the science that
confirms the truth to these statements," says
Doty. Doty has demonstrated his own deep
commitment to compassion not only through his
work as a neurosurgeon but also through his
philanthropic efforts which fund a number of
initiatives improving healthcare throughout the world.

CCARE is an initiative within the Stanford
Institute of Neuro-Innovation and Translational
Neurosciences bringing together a
multi-disciplinary team that includes
psychologists, social scientists, neuroscientists
and contemplatives from a number of traditions to
rigorously examine the social, moral and neural
bases of compassion and altruism and methods to cultivate such behaviors.
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