Filmed during Mind & Life Institute’s “Mind & Life XX: Altruism and Compassion in Economic Systems” on April 9-11, 2010.

Altruism: Evolutionary Origins and Modern Expressions
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Joan Silk
Ernst Sehr
Tania Singer
John Dunne

This session focuses on questions of altruism and egoism as conceived in Buddhist and Western philosophy as well as on economic theory. This session will be complemented by a presentation by Joan Silk, an evolutionary anthropologist who will speak about cooperation and altruism in other species (e.g., apes). The panel discussion will focus on the question of the relative importance of egoism and altruism in social exchange and more generally in an economic system.

INTERPRETER: Thupten Jinpa

MODERATOR: Matthieu Ricard


John Dunne, PhD

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Matthieu Ricard, PhD


Convening Faculty, Fellow

Thupten Jinpa, PhD

Compassion Institute

Board Chair

Mind & Life Connections