CCARE: The Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

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CCARE was established at Stanford University within the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Research at the School of Medicine to support and conduct rigorous scientific studies of compassion and altruistic behavior. Drawing from several disciplines including neuroscience, psychology, economics and contemplative traditions, research at CCARE also examines methods for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society-wide.

A couple of highlights from their website:
- Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT):Thupten Jinpa (His Holiness the Dalai Lama's chief translator to English) was enlisted as a visiting research scholar at CCARE, during which time he developed a course of study called the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT). An eight-week program modeled after Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, CCT teaches Buddhist meditation practices in a completely secular way. Instead of focusing on mindfulness, though, this training emphasizes practices of the heart.

- Video of the talk The Compassionate Instinct: A Darwinian Tale of Survival of the Kindest

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