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.


Why are we afraid to be kind? with Gaylon Ferguson and Judtith Simmer-Brown

A conversation between Naropa University Distinguished Professor of Contemplative & Religious Studies Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD, and Associate Professor of Religious Studies Gaylon Ferguson, PhD.


Maria Shriver Talks with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

His Holiness the Dalai Lama in conversation with Maria Shriver during a session of Peace Summit 2009 held in Vancouver, Canada, on September 29th, 2009.


His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama: Ethics for Our Time

In this talk His Holiness turns to one of his favorite themes: the importance of compassion. Far from being a uniquely Buddhist concern, the Dalai Lama explains why caring for others can be the basis for a rich and rewarding life for all people.


Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo: "What I Can Do for a Better World"

Public talk given in Tel Aviv, at the beginning of Jetsunma's 2015 visit to Israel, as a guest of Dharma Friends of Israel, on January 29th 2015.


A Talk for World Peace

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's public talk given at the West Lawn of the US Capitol in Washington DC, USA, on July 9, 2011.


Meditation and the Science of Human Flourishing Workshop—Part 2

Can we cultivate well-being in the same way that we can train our bodies to be healthier and more resilient? If so, how might we use the practice of meditation to experience equanimity, to open our hearts fully to others, and to cultivate insight and wisdom? In this workshop, two world-renowned exp...


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