Where Science and Compassion Meet

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Stanford health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, PhD, and senior teacher for the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, discusses on an an interview with Buddhist Geeks, the topic of compassion-based practices from the Buddhist tradition taught in a way that pulls from scientific research and appeals to a secular sensibility.

As part of her work with CCARE she shares some of her background with Stanford as well as her long-standing Buddhist practice, which pulls from both the Zen and Tibetan traditions. The discussion closes by exploring some of the difficulties with teaching meditation in a secular context, as well as some of the benefits that come through framing the teachings in scientific and psychological terms.

You can listen to the talk here: http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/audio/Episode233_Where_Science_and_Compassi...


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