Filmed during Mind & Life Institute’s “Mind & Life XX: Altruism and Compassion in Economic Systems” on April 9-11, 2010.
Compassion, Empathy, Altruism, and Prosocial Behavior
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
This session includes short presentations summarizing the Buddhist, neuroscientific and psychological views on empathy, compassion and pro-social motivation, and why these qualities are relevant for society and well-being at large.
This theoretical introduction will be supported by an explanation of why and how Buddhist practitioners cultivate pro-social motivation and compassion and include an overview of the most recent neuroscientific findings on the effects of compassion training on brain, behavior and health.
INTERPRETER: Thupten Jinpa
MODERATOR: Roshi Joan Halifax
William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder & Director of the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Founder and Chief Visionary for Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc.