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Can Meditation Promote Altruism?

Written by Hooria Jazaieri   Mindfulness, or the moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, and environment, has been associated with a host of benefits, including reduced stress, greater positive emotions, and a healthier body image. Recently, however, research has begun to explore how practicing mindfulness might improve the ways we treat other people. A recent study, published in the journal Mindfulness, zeroes in on …


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Why We Give to Neighbors, Not Strangers

Written by Hooria Jazaieri   Why is it easier to love thy neighbor rather than to love thy stranger? In an ideal world, we would distribute our kindness and compassion to all beings, without preference. However, a great deal of research suggests that this is not the case—and a recent study from Stanford University suggests that, ironically, positive emotions may play a …


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Call for Temporary Administrative Assistant

The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University’s School of Medicine invites you to apply for the Administrative Assistant position. It is full-time (40/hrs week), and has the potential to run up to one year. Benefits are not included. There is potential for a full-time benefited position to become available. Please see below for further details. Application …


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Call for a Temporary Research & Outreach Associate and a Temporary Outreach & Program Coordinator

The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University’s School of Medicine invites you to apply for one of two temporary positions: Research & Outreach Associate or Outreach & Program Coordinator . Both assignments are full-time (40/hrs week), and have the potential to run up to one year. Benefits are not included. There is potential for a full-time benefited …


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Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals: The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine in collaboration with Dignity Health invites MD, MPH or PhD level scientists to apply for the Dignity Health-CCARE Fellowship. The purpose of this fellowship is to empirically evaluate the impact of kindness and compassion on healthcare outcomes and/or healthcare settings. Position Details: …


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Compassion Week 2014

  Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), the Tenzin Gyatso Institute, Inc. (TGI) The Charter for Compassion, and Dignity Health are proud to sponsor “Compassion Week” in San Francisco from November 10 – 16, 2014.  This will include the 2nd Science of Compassion conference, the inaugural conference on Compassion & Healthcare, the 3rd Empathy and Compassion in …


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The Scientific Benefits of Self-Compassion INFOGRAPHIC

Many of us believe being self-critical and hard on ourselves is a good thing. We mistakenly think that being competitive and pushing ourselves hard is required for success. Research, however, is proving these theories wrong. Most of us don’t stop to consider whether our self-critical and competitive attitude are helping us achieve our goals. We don’t realize that they are …


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Business, Ethics, & Compassion: A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama

Stanford, CA – January 17, 2014 – His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit Santa Clara University campus on Feb. 24, 2014 for a morning event titled “Business, Ethics, & Compassion: A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama.” The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University and the Markkula Center for Applied …


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Top 10 Scientific Benefits of Compassion

The scientific benefits of compassion for health and happiness summarized in an info graphic to keep  you inspired! Happy Holidays! In the spirit of love, warmth and companionship, I’ve made this infographic on the scientific benefits of Compassion! We often think that we will gain happiness by achieving, receiving or attaining. We also think that in order to be happy, we …


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Compassion. Bridging Practice and Science

Tania Singer of the Max Planck Institute has spearheaded a fantastic new resource for compassion enthusiasts. Compassion researchers and trainers have comp together and produced a free e-book compiling great information on  compassion science and education. Some of our CCARE instructors and affiliated scientists have written chapters. You can find all of the materials here, enjoy!         …


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Stanford University Compassion & Technology Conference

Stanford center holds technology innovation competition and conference to promote public compassionate action   Scientists, engineers and social entrepreneurs to convene at Stanford University for discussion and contest on technology designed to enhance compassion Stanford, CA – Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) is holding an inaugural Compassion and Technology conference on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 that will include …


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What makes a hero: The surprising science of selflessness

What Makes a Hero: The Surprising Science of Selflessness by Elizabeth Svoboda highlights much of the scientific research and education conducted by CCARE. The book discusses the intersecting influences of biology, upbringing and external influences to produce altruistic and heroic behavior, and how to encourage this behavior in corporations, classrooms and individuals. Purchase on Amazon.com here.  


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Why Compassion in Business Makes Sense

Managers often mistakenly think that putting pressure on employees will increase performance. What it does increase is stress—and research has shown that high levels of stress carry a number of costs to employers and employees alike. Stress brings high health care and turnover costs. In a study of employees from various organizations, health care expenditures for employees with high levels …


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Sounds True presents Compassionate Brain feat. Dr. Kelly McGonigal

The Compassionate Brain Activating the Neural Circuits of Kindness, Caring, and Love Practical Neuroscience for Transformation Dr. Rick Hanson presents a FREE seven-part video series—The Compassionate Brain—that explores effective ways to change your brain and heart and life. Each week Dr. Hanson will be joined by a world-class scholar/teacher, including Richie Davidson, Dan Siegel, Tara Brach, Dacher Keltner, Kelly McGonigal, Kristin …


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Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training Registration

11/30/2011 CCARE’s Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an eight-week course designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and for others. CCT integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. The program was developed at Stanford University by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers. CCT is designed to support …


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SINTN Newsletter – November 2011

In this issue: Social deficits associated with autism, schizophrenia induced in mice with new technology pioneered by Stanford scientists Stanford Begins Clinical Testing of SanBio’s SB623 Stem Cell Therapy for Cerebral Stroke Researchers Identify Possible Trigger Point of Epileptic Seizures SINTN Welcomes Their Second New Recruit For 2011 CCARE’s Compassion Cultivation Training Program The Weston Havens Foundation Award Winners 2011


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Compassion Curriculum – An interview with Geshe Thupten Jinpa

Most English speakers who have attended the teachings of the Dalai Lama have actually heard his wisdom through the voice of Thupten Jinpa, who has served as translator for His Holiness since 1985. A highly trained Buddhist scholar and practitioner in his own right, Jinpa’s monastic training at the Shartse College of Ganden culminated in the distinguished Geshe Lharam degree. …


Opening the Heart at Stanford, Google and Beyond

Five years ago, a professor of neurosurgery at Stanford had a revolutionary idea: open a center dedicated to compassion right in the middle of the university. Today, the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) flourishes within this citadel of academia. Here, it quietly pursues its mission of supporting and conducting rigorous scientific studies of compassion and altruism, …


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The Compassionate Instinct

OdeWire.com – News for Intelligent Optimists The Dalai Lama has been telling us for years that it would make us happy, but he never said it would make us healthy, too. “If you want others to be happy,” reads the first part of his famous formula, “practice compassion.” Then comes the second part of the prescription: “If you want to …


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James R. Doty, M.D. to Participate in Unique National Forum Around 10th Anniversary Innovative Program Explores ways to Break “Conflict Gridlock” to Create Peace

On Sept. 8th and 9th, a diverse group of some of the nations leading thinkers from science, religion, arts, and business, will gather in N.Y. around the 10th anniversary of 9-11 to reflect on a new way forward, by sharing their wisdom through traditional stories both sacred and secular, and scientific discovery, to develop a shared narrative to help reweave …


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‘Evil Scientist’ Wants To Teach People To Do Good

In 1971, at Stanford University, a young psychology professor created a simulated prison. Some of the young men playing the guards became sadistic, even violent, and the experiment had to be stopped. The results of the Stanford Prison Experiment showed that people tend to conform — even when that means otherwise good people doing terrible things. Since then, the experiment has been …


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Charity, With Entrepreneurial Spin

Pierre Omidyar founded online marketplace eBay Inc. and still serves as its chairman. But these days, he would much rather talk about Omidyar Network, the philanthropic investment firm he started after leaving day-to-day duties at eBay in 1998. Omidyar Network makes donations to nonprofits and also invests in for-profit organizations focused on social change. It is especially supportive of charitable …


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Pay It Forward Parties

When Paige McCarthy begin planning her annual dinner party for a small group of friends, she knew she wanted to create something unique, something with lasting impact. “I was really interested in how I could make something bigger out of the little that I have and create a good experience for everyone,” says McCarthy, a Portland, Ore., advertising executive. Could …


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Watch the TEDxGoldenGateED COMPASSION conference LIVE

http://tedxgoldengateed.org/live You’re invited to watch the live webcast of TEDxGoldenGateED on Saturday, June 11th from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) in the United States. An incredibly diverse and impressive field of speakers will tell us about the new science of compassion. We’ll also see how compassion helps transform schools and communities. The webcast address is http://tedxgoldengateed.org/live