The heart of compassion centers on the selfless compulsion to alleviate suffering. While compassion is similar to empathy and sympathy in the ability to commiserate and feel another’s emotions, the spirit of compassion moves a person to act in order to reduce pain. Compassion is the central tenet of many belief traditions, most notably Buddhism, and has been rigorously studied in recent decades for its physical and mental health benefits. Learning to be compassionate toward others—and ourselves—is a cornerstone to many aspects of well-being.

The Power of Buddhism

If you ignore power, you ignore powerful Buddhist teachings. Pema Khandro Rinpoche says that Buddhism teaches us how to be powerful and compassionate at the same time.

Interview with Dr. Helen Weng

In her work at the Osher Center and as an affiliate faculty member of the Neuroscape Center, Dr. Helen Weng is developing new ways to quantify meditation skills using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and machine learning to identify mental states of body awareness during meditation.

Helen Weng: Using Science to Spread a Message of Compassion, Equity, and Inclusion

“This is how research should be done. By including those you want to study—and by sharing resources—it’s an embodied act of social activism.”

We Must Choose Revolution Over Privilege and Complacency—Here’s How I’m Doing It

A better, more just and compassionate world is in sight. As long as we’re in this together.

A Conversation with Alice Walker

The bestselling author discusses her role as a global citizen and her connection with nature, history, and activism

Beyond Good and Evil

It sounds simple, yet it’s more than a technique for resolving conflict. It’s a different way of understanding human motivation and behavior. - D. Killian


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