Written by Katie Klingsporn.
In the summer of 2011, the Telluride Institute revived its Ideas Festival with a three-day event packed with experts, scientists, spiritual leaders and movies addressing the universal subject of compassion.
Since then, Telluride Institute has helped organize an annual event that brings everyone from distinguished neuroscientists to Tibetan Buddhists and Native American scholars to town to examine the topic of compassion and how it can be applied to everything from personal relationships to society at large.
The Telluride Institute is continuing to shepherd the compassion conversation in Telluride with the 2013 Compassion Season, which runs Sunday through Wednesday.
The core of the event this year is the Science of Compassion Summer Research Institute, which is being put together by the Telluride Institute and Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). Some of the world’s most respected scientists and researchers on the topics of mindfulness, compassion and altruism will gather in the box canyon for an intensive few days of collaboration, dialogue, inquiry and education. They will be joined by some 30 graduate and postdoctoral students who have been chosen to participate in the program.
“Really the focus is kind of creating a container for these people to do their work,” said Jonathan Barfield of the Telluride Institute, who helped coordinate the weekend. “And while they’re here, the Telluride Institute is trying to take advantage of their knowledge and understanding and research and share a little bit of what they’re doing with the public.”
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