Compasion Relay, Day 3: The Power of Kindness and Science of Compassion

Today the Compassion Torch is passed from Compassionate Silicon Valley to Dr. James Doty at the Center for Compassion Altruism Research and Education (CCARE).  Dr Doty is a Clinical Professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University and founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education a part of the Stanford Institute of Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences.  He has also written “Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart” a New York Times bestseller now translated into many languages.

The mission of CCARE is “promoting, supporting, and conducting rigorous scientific studies of compassion and altruistic behavior.” This is where cutting edge research and education on the science of compassion is getting done and being offered to the public through programs such as the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT).

The Compassion Cultivation Training is an 8-week educational program designed to help improve one’s resilience and feel more connected to others—ultimately providing an overall sense of well-being.  CCARE also organizes and hosts conferences on the Science of Compassion, Compassion and Business, Compassion and Technology, Compassion and Health.

In addition to the Research and Education, CCARE reaches out to the public, offering lectures and talks on compassion by authors, scientists, filmmakers, service leaders, corporate and public officials.  Their lectures, events and conferences are available on the web for the general public. You can see all the CCARE events here http://ccare.stanford.edu/events-list/ 

CCARE was founded and directed by Dr. James Doty. Dr. Emma Seppala is the Science Director, along with an Executive Committee, Patron Committee, and Advisory Board.