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  • medit8ionsociety
    New Center At Stanford To Study Brain s Role In Compassion, Altruism 23 Jan 2009 A new Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education has been
    Message 1 of 18 , Jan 23, 2009
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      New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's
      Role In Compassion, Altruism
      23 Jan 2009

      A new Center for Compassion and Altruism
      Research and Education has been launched
      at the Stanford University School of Medicine,
      with the aim of doing scientific research on
      the neural underpinnings of these thoughts and feelings.

      His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso,
      provided $150,000 in seed money for the center-the
      largest sum he has ever given for a scientific
      venture-and has agreed to return to Stanford for
      a future visit, according to Geshe Thupten Jinpa,
      a translator for the Dalai Lama.

      The center is the brainchild of Jim Doty, MD,
      a clinical professor of neurosurgery who recently
      returned to Stanford after a period of
      entrepreneurship, and neurologist William Mobley,
      MD, PhD, the John E. Cahill Family Professor in
      the School of Medicine. Doty is the director of
      the center, which is housed within the Stanford
      Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences,

      The impetus for the center began in November 2005,
      when the Dalai Lama visited Stanford for a dialogue
      with scientists and Buddhist scholars that was moderated by Mobley
      and focused on spiritual and scientific
      explorations of human experience in the areas
      of craving, suffering and choice.

      Following the visit by the Dalai Lama and based
      on his own experiences and interest in these
      areas, Doty initiated informal meetings with a
      number of Stanford scientists including Mobley,
      who is co-director of the center; Brian Knutson,
      PhD, associate professor of psychology; and Gary
      Steinberg, MD, PhD, professor and chair of
      neurosurgery, in an effort to spur rigorous
      scientific research in mind/brain interactions
      focused on compassion and altruism. He also
      connected with University of Oregon neuroeconomist
      Bill Harbaugh, PhD, who examines altruistic
      giving using functional magnetic resonance imaging.

      In March 2008, a delegation from Stanford flew
      to Seattle, where the Dalai Lama was attending a
      conference related to compassion. On hearing from
      the Stanford group about the goals of the planned
      center and the pilot studies under way, the Dalai
      Lama agreed to a return visit to Stanford and s
      pontaneously volunteered the $150,000 donation
      to spur continuing exploration in this area.

      This event marked the transition from what was
      initially an informal gathering of like-minded
      scientists to the formal creation of the center
      by medical school Dean Philip Pizzo.

      "As a neurosurgeon, I can only affect a few
      patients each day," Doty said. "Through the
      activities of the center, we have the potential
      to impact thousands to millions of people to
      live fuller and more positive lives."

      The center has now raised more than $2 million
      in donations and has initiated a number of
      pilot studies, some involving Buddhist and
      Catholic contemplative practitioners. For example,
      brain-imaging studies have demonstrated a burst
      of activity in an area of the brain known as
      the nucleus accumbens when these practitioners
      think compassionate thoughts. The center is also
      examining individuals' response to the suffering
      of others, which can be either disgust or recognition
      of another's suffering, followed by empathy and
      a desire to take action (this is signaled by
      activation of the prefrontal cortex, the seat of
      initiation of motor movement).

      Questions the center wishes to address, Doty
      said, include:

      - Is it possible to create a set of mental
      exercises that individuals can be taught to
      make them more compassionate without them
      having to spend thousands of hours in meditation
      (common for Buddhist monks)?

      - Is there an explanation for why a child becomes a bully?

      - Are there ways in which children or their
      parents can be taught to be more compassionate?

      - Can we create a set of exercises that will address
      the issue of "compassion fatigue" in clergy and
      hospital personnel?

      - Would such training benefit prison inmates to
      decrease violence and recidivism?

      - Is there a place for such training in the corporate
      environment to decrease the incidence of depression
      and anxiety in workers?

      The center is also sponsoring a symposium, slated
      for March, that will bring together a multidisciplinary
      group of scientists from around the world. Attendees
      will include philosophers, contemplative scholars,
      psychologists, developmentalists, primatologists,
      neuroeconomists and neuroscientists working in the
      area of compassion and altruism research.

      Doty brings a unique perspective on altruism to
      the center. At one point, he accumulated a $75
      million fortune, part of which he committed as a
      multimillion-dollar pledge to Stanford University.
      But following the dot-com meltdown, Doty was $3
      million in debt even after liquidating essentially
      all of his assets.

      To honor his charitable commitments, he sold his
      only remaining asset: stock in Accuray Inc., a
      publicly traded company he had previously headed
      as CEO. This allowed Doty to fulfill pledges of
      $5.4 million to the university and another $20
      million to other charities. Part of his Stanford
      donation is being used to fund the center.

      The center is located at 1215 Welch Road (Module B/room 55). More
      information is available at the center's Web site at
      http://compassion.stanford.edu

      Stanford University Medical Center integrates research, medical
      education and patient care at its three institutions - Stanford
      University School of Medicine, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile
      Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. For more information, please
      visit the Web site of the medical center's Office of Communication &
      Public Affairs at http://mednews.stanford.edu

      Stanford University Medical Center
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      Article URL: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/136540.php
    • sean tremblay
      Great article, This is something I would like to know more about. The biology of compassion.  As a father I observed that thier is a natural state of
      Message 2 of 18 , Jan 23, 2009
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        Great article,
        This is something I would like to know more about. The biology of compassion.  As a father I observed that thier is a natural state of compassion that we as a species are born with.  baby on solid food will want to share with every one around him family and strangers alike.  What changes in the brain occur in life that disconnects us from our Natural State of being? As a soldier, my concern is what changes occur in the brain that causes seemingly normal people to commit savage acts, It seems there is a switch to self destruct mode that happens in the brain on a collective level, that thier are acts that many individuals are capible of commiting in a group setting and not individualy. Again what is the neural root of collective insanity?
        Good topic
        Sean

        --- On Fri, 1/23/09, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
        From: medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com>
        Subject: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
        To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Friday, January 23, 2009, 1:59 PM

        New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's
        Role In Compassion, Altruism
        23 Jan 2009

        A new Center for Compassion and Altruism
        Research and Education has been launched
        at the Stanford University School of Medicine,
        with the aim of doing scientific research on
        the neural underpinnings of these thoughts and feelings.

        His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso,
        provided $150,000 in seed money for the center-the
        largest sum he has ever given for a scientific
        venture-and has agreed to return to Stanford for
        a future visit, according to Geshe Thupten Jinpa,
        a translator for the Dalai Lama.

        The center is the brainchild of Jim Doty, MD,
        a clinical professor of neurosurgery who recently
        returned to Stanford after a period of
        entrepreneurship, and neurologist William Mobley,
        MD, PhD, the John E. Cahill Family Professor in
        the School of Medicine. Doty is the director of
        the center, which is housed within the Stanford
        Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences,

        The impetus for the center began in November 2005,
        when the Dalai Lama visited Stanford for a dialogue
        with scientists and Buddhist scholars that was moderated by Mobley
        and focused on spiritual and scientific
        explorations of human experience in the areas
        of craving, suffering and choice.

        Following the visit by the Dalai Lama and based
        on his own experiences and interest in these
        areas, Doty initiated informal meetings with a
        number of Stanford scientists including Mobley,
        who is co-director of the center; Brian Knutson,
        PhD, associate professor of psychology; and Gary
        Steinberg, MD, PhD, professor and chair of
        neurosurgery, in an effort to spur rigorous
        scientific research in mind/brain interactions
        focused on compassion and altruism. He also
        connected with University of Oregon neuroeconomist
        Bill Harbaugh, PhD, who examines altruistic
        giving using functional magnetic resonance imaging.

        In March 2008, a delegation from Stanford flew
        to Seattle, where the Dalai Lama was attending a
        conference related to compassion. On hearing from
        the Stanford group about the goals of the planned
        center and the pilot studies under way, the Dalai
        Lama agreed to a return visit to Stanford and s
        pontaneously volunteered the $150,000 donation
        to spur continuing exploration in this area.

        This event marked the transition from what was
        initially an informal gathering of like-minded
        scientists to the formal creation of the center
        by medical school Dean Philip Pizzo.

        "As a neurosurgeon, I can only affect a few
        patients each day," Doty said. "Through the
        activities of the center, we have the potential
        to impact thousands to millions of people to
        live fuller and more positive lives."

        The center has now raised more than $2 million
        in donations and has initiated a number of
        pilot studies, some involving Buddhist and
        Catholic contemplative practitioners. For example,
        brain-imaging studies have demonstrated a burst
        of activity in an area of the brain known as
        the nucleus accumbens when these practitioners
        think compassionate thoughts. The center is also
        examining individuals' response to the suffering
        of others, which can be either disgust or recognition
        of another's suffering, followed by empathy and
        a desire to take action (this is signaled by
        activation of the prefrontal cortex, the seat of
        initiation of motor movement).

        Questions the center wishes to address, Doty
        said, include:

        - Is it possible to create a set of mental
        exercises that individuals can be taught to
        make them more compassionate without them
        having to spend thousands of hours in meditation
        (common for Buddhist monks)?

        - Is there an explanation for why a child becomes a bully?

        - Are there ways in which children or their
        parents can be taught to be more compassionate?

        - Can we create a set of exercises that will address
        the issue of "compassion fatigue" in clergy and
        hospital personnel?

        - Would such training benefit prison inmates to
        decrease violence and recidivism?

        - Is there a place for such training in the corporate
        environment to decrease the incidence of depression
        and anxiety in workers?

        The center is also sponsoring a symposium, slated
        for March, that will bring together a multidisciplinary
        group of scientists from around the world. Attendees
        will include philosophers, contemplative scholars,
        psychologists, developmentalists, primatologists,
        neuroeconomists and neuroscientists working in the
        area of compassion and altruism research.

        Doty brings a unique perspective on altruism to
        the center. At one point, he accumulated a $75
        million fortune, part of which he committed as a
        multimillion- dollar pledge to Stanford University.
        But following the dot-com meltdown, Doty was $3
        million in debt even after liquidating essentially
        all of his assets.

        To honor his charitable commitments, he sold his
        only remaining asset: stock in Accuray Inc., a
        publicly traded company he had previously headed
        as CEO. This allowed Doty to fulfill pledges of
        $5.4 million to the university and another $20
        million to other charities. Part of his Stanford
        donation is being used to fund the center.

        The center is located at 1215 Welch Road (Module B/room 55). More
        information is available at the center's Web site at
        http://compassion. stanford. edu.

        Stanford University Medical Center integrates research, medical
        education and patient care at its three institutions - Stanford
        University School of Medicine, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile
        Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. For more information, please
        visit the Web site of the medical center's Office of Communication &
        Public Affairs at http://mednews. stanford. edu.

        Stanford University Medical Center
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        Article URL: http://www.medicaln ewstoday. com/articles/ 136540.php


      • krishnan sundaram
        Compassion can never be found in a non-vegetarian. ... From: medit8ionsociety Subject: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At
        Message 3 of 18 , Jan 23, 2009
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          Compassion can never be found in a non-vegetarian.

          --- On Sat, 24/1/09, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
          From: medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com>
          Subject: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
          To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
          Date: Saturday, 24 January, 2009, 12:29 AM

          New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's
          Role In Compassion, Altruism
          23 Jan 2009

          A new Center for Compassion and Altruism
          Research and Education has been launched
          at the Stanford University School of Medicine,
          with the aim of doing scientific research on
          the neural underpinnings of these thoughts and feelings.

          His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso,
          provided $150,000 in seed money for the center-the
          largest sum he has ever given for a scientific
          venture-and has agreed to return to Stanford for
          a future visit, according to Geshe Thupten Jinpa,
          a translator for the Dalai Lama.

          The center is the brainchild of Jim Doty, MD,
          a clinical professor of neurosurgery who recently
          returned to Stanford after a period of
          entrepreneurship, and neurologist William Mobley,
          MD, PhD, the John E. Cahill Family Professor in
          the School of Medicine. Doty is the director of
          the center, which is housed within the Stanford
          Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences,

          The impetus for the center began in November 2005,
          when the Dalai Lama visited Stanford for a dialogue
          with scientists and Buddhist scholars that was moderated by Mobley
          and focused on spiritual and scientific
          explorations of human experience in the areas
          of craving, suffering and choice.

          Following the visit by the Dalai Lama and based
          on his own experiences and interest in these
          areas, Doty initiated informal meetings with a
          number of Stanford scientists including Mobley,
          who is co-director of the center; Brian Knutson,
          PhD, associate professor of psychology; and Gary
          Steinberg, MD, PhD, professor and chair of
          neurosurgery, in an effort to spur rigorous
          scientific research in mind/brain interactions
          focused on compassion and altruism. He also
          connected with University of Oregon neuroeconomist
          Bill Harbaugh, PhD, who examines altruistic
          giving using functional magnetic resonance imaging.

          In March 2008, a delegation from Stanford flew
          to Seattle, where the Dalai Lama was attending a
          conference related to compassion. On hearing from
          the Stanford group about the goals of the planned
          center and the pilot studies under way, the Dalai
          Lama agreed to a return visit to Stanford and s
          pontaneously volunteered the $150,000 donation
          to spur continuing exploration in this area.

          This event marked the transition from what was
          initially an informal gathering of like-minded
          scientists to the formal creation of the center
          by medical school Dean Philip Pizzo.

          "As a neurosurgeon, I can only affect a few
          patients each day," Doty said. "Through the
          activities of the center, we have the potential
          to impact thousands to millions of people to
          live fuller and more positive lives."

          The center has now raised more than $2 million
          in donations and has initiated a number of
          pilot studies, some involving Buddhist and
          Catholic contemplative practitioners. For example,
          brain-imaging studies have demonstrated a burst
          of activity in an area of the brain known as
          the nucleus accumbens when these practitioners
          think compassionate thoughts. The center is also
          examining individuals' response to the suffering
          of others, which can be either disgust or recognition
          of another's suffering, followed by empathy and
          a desire to take action (this is signaled by
          activation of the prefrontal cortex, the seat of
          initiation of motor movement).

          Questions the center wishes to address, Doty
          said, include:

          - Is it possible to create a set of mental
          exercises that individuals can be taught to
          make them more compassionate without them
          having to spend thousands of hours in meditation
          (common for Buddhist monks)?

          - Is there an explanation for why a child becomes a bully?

          - Are there ways in which children or their
          parents can be taught to be more compassionate?

          - Can we create a set of exercises that will address
          the issue of "compassion fatigue" in clergy and
          hospital personnel?

          - Would such training benefit prison inmates to
          decrease violence and recidivism?

          - Is there a place for such training in the corporate
          environment to decrease the incidence of depression
          and anxiety in workers?

          The center is also sponsoring a symposium, slated
          for March, that will bring together a multidisciplinary
          group of scientists from around the world. Attendees
          will include philosophers, contemplative scholars,
          psychologists, developmentalists, primatologists,
          neuroeconomists and neuroscientists working in the
          area of compassion and altruism research.

          Doty brings a unique perspective on altruism to
          the center. At one point, he accumulated a $75
          million fortune, part of which he committed as a
          multimillion- dollar pledge to Stanford University.
          But following the dot-com meltdown, Doty was $3
          million in debt even after liquidating essentially
          all of his assets.

          To honor his charitable commitments, he sold his
          only remaining asset: stock in Accuray Inc., a
          publicly traded company he had previously headed
          as CEO. This allowed Doty to fulfill pledges of
          $5.4 million to the university and another $20
          million to other charities. Part of his Stanford
          donation is being used to fund the center.

          The center is located at 1215 Welch Road (Module B/room 55). More
          information is available at the center's Web site at
          http://compassion. stanford. edu.

          Stanford University Medical Center integrates research, medical
          education and patient care at its three institutions - Stanford
          University School of Medicine, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile
          Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. For more information, please
          visit the Web site of the medical center's Office of Communication &
          Public Affairs at http://mednews. stanford. edu.

          Stanford University Medical Center
          ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- -
          ----------

          Article URL: http://www.medicaln ewstoday. com/articles/ 136540.php



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        • Jeff Belyea
          Hi Sean, That natural state of compassion and connection with other people is something I ve observed in young children as well. As examples: If you don t mind
          Message 4 of 18 , Jan 24, 2009
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            Hi Sean,

            That natural state of compassion
            and connection with other people
            is something I've observed in
            young children as well.

            As examples:

            If you don't mind a ride in
            Mr. Peabody's Wayback machine...

            When a young child I was
            fortunate enough to spend
            a few years with back in
            the 70s was not quite
            2 years old...a couple
            of instances of this
            compassion and connection
            struck me powerful and
            are still fresh in my
            memory:

            We were waiting at the
            airport, and I was holding
            this young boy in my arms.
            His older sister had been
            away for a couple of weeks.
            When she came off the plane
            and into the reception area...

            I was startled to see the
            eyes of this young boy
            tear up upon seeing her.
            It was surprising to me
            that a child so young would
            feel this much intensity
            of emotion, compassion and
            connection. I wouldn't have
            expected that reaction in
            someone so young.

            Secondly, again, while
            holding this same young man:

            We were at a restaurant
            waiting by the counter
            for a table.

            Seated at the counter
            was a man eating a sandwich.

            The young boy leaned over
            as asked, "What are you eating?"

            The man smiled and said,
            "A cheeseburger."

            Obviously feeling a connection,
            and comfortable with the
            concept of sharing,
            the young boy said...

            "Can I have a bite?"

            I still burst out laughing
            whenever that comes to mind.

            Best,

            Jeff

            PS: Are you back in the states?
            Oh, and the man at the counter
            just turned away, without
            offering to share a bite.

            --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, sean tremblay
            <bethjams9@...> wrote:
            >
            > Great article,
            > This is something I would like to know more about. The biology of
            compassion.  As a father I observed that thier is a natural state of
            compassion that we as a species are born with.  baby on solid food
            will want to share with every one around him family and strangers
            alike.  What changes in the brain occur in life that disconnects us
            from our Natural State of being? As a soldier, my concern is what
            changes occur in the brain that causes seemingly normal people to
            commit savage acts, It seems there is a switch to self destruct mode
            that happens in the brain on a collective level, that thier are acts
            that many individuals are capible of commiting in a group setting and
            not individualy. Again what is the neural root of collective insanity?
            > Good topic
            > Sean
            >
            > --- On Fri, 1/23/09, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com>
            wrote:
            >
            > From: medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com>
            > Subject: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At Stanford To
            Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
            > To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
            > Date: Friday, January 23, 2009, 1:59 PM
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            > New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's
            > Role In Compassion, Altruism
            > 23 Jan 2009
            >
            > A new Center for Compassion and Altruism
            > Research and Education has been launched
            > at the Stanford University School of Medicine,
            > with the aim of doing scientific research on
            > the neural underpinnings of these thoughts and feelings.
            >
            > His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso,
            > provided $150,000 in seed money for the center-the
            > largest sum he has ever given for a scientific
            > venture-and has agreed to return to Stanford for
            > a future visit, according to Geshe Thupten Jinpa,
            > a translator for the Dalai Lama.
            >
            > The center is the brainchild of Jim Doty, MD,
            > a clinical professor of neurosurgery who recently
            > returned to Stanford after a period of
            > entrepreneurship, and neurologist William Mobley,
            > MD, PhD, the John E. Cahill Family Professor in
            > the School of Medicine. Doty is the director of
            > the center, which is housed within the Stanford
            > Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences,
            >
            > The impetus for the center began in November 2005,
            > when the Dalai Lama visited Stanford for a dialogue
            > with scientists and Buddhist scholars that was moderated by Mobley
            > and focused on spiritual and scientific
            > explorations of human experience in the areas
            > of craving, suffering and choice.
            >
            > Following the visit by the Dalai Lama and based
            > on his own experiences and interest in these
            > areas, Doty initiated informal meetings with a
            > number of Stanford scientists including Mobley,
            > who is co-director of the center; Brian Knutson,
            > PhD, associate professor of psychology; and Gary
            > Steinberg, MD, PhD, professor and chair of
            > neurosurgery, in an effort to spur rigorous
            > scientific research in mind/brain interactions
            > focused on compassion and altruism. He also
            > connected with University of Oregon neuroeconomist
            > Bill Harbaugh, PhD, who examines altruistic
            > giving using functional magnetic resonance imaging.
            >
            > In March 2008, a delegation from Stanford flew
            > to Seattle, where the Dalai Lama was attending a
            > conference related to compassion. On hearing from
            > the Stanford group about the goals of the planned
            > center and the pilot studies under way, the Dalai
            > Lama agreed to a return visit to Stanford and s
            > pontaneously volunteered the $150,000 donation
            > to spur continuing exploration in this area.
            >
            > This event marked the transition from what was
            > initially an informal gathering of like-minded
            > scientists to the formal creation of the center
            > by medical school Dean Philip Pizzo.
            >
            > "As a neurosurgeon, I can only affect a few
            > patients each day," Doty said. "Through the
            > activities of the center, we have the potential
            > to impact thousands to millions of people to
            > live fuller and more positive lives."
            >
            > The center has now raised more than $2 million
            > in donations and has initiated a number of
            > pilot studies, some involving Buddhist and
            > Catholic contemplative practitioners. For example,
            > brain-imaging studies have demonstrated a burst
            > of activity in an area of the brain known as
            > the nucleus accumbens when these practitioners
            > think compassionate thoughts. The center is also
            > examining individuals' response to the suffering
            > of others, which can be either disgust or recognition
            > of another's suffering, followed by empathy and
            > a desire to take action (this is signaled by
            > activation of the prefrontal cortex, the seat of
            > initiation of motor movement).
            >
            > Questions the center wishes to address, Doty
            > said, include:
            >
            > - Is it possible to create a set of mental
            > exercises that individuals can be taught to
            > make them more compassionate without them
            > having to spend thousands of hours in meditation
            > (common for Buddhist monks)?
            >
            > - Is there an explanation for why a child becomes a bully?
            >
            > - Are there ways in which children or their
            > parents can be taught to be more compassionate?
            >
            > - Can we create a set of exercises that will address
            > the issue of "compassion fatigue" in clergy and
            > hospital personnel?
            >
            > - Would such training benefit prison inmates to
            > decrease violence and recidivism?
            >
            > - Is there a place for such training in the corporate
            > environment to decrease the incidence of depression
            > and anxiety in workers?
            >
            > The center is also sponsoring a symposium, slated
            > for March, that will bring together a multidisciplinary
            > group of scientists from around the world. Attendees
            > will include philosophers, contemplative scholars,
            > psychologists, developmentalists, primatologists,
            > neuroeconomists and neuroscientists working in the
            > area of compassion and altruism research.
            >
            > Doty brings a unique perspective on altruism to
            > the center. At one point, he accumulated a $75
            > million fortune, part of which he committed as a
            > multimillion- dollar pledge to Stanford University.
            > But following the dot-com meltdown, Doty was $3
            > million in debt even after liquidating essentially
            > all of his assets.
            >
            > To honor his charitable commitments, he sold his
            > only remaining asset: stock in Accuray Inc., a
            > publicly traded company he had previously headed
            > as CEO. This allowed Doty to fulfill pledges of
            > $5.4 million to the university and another $20
            > million to other charities. Part of his Stanford
            > donation is being used to fund the center.
            >
            > The center is located at 1215 Welch Road (Module B/room 55). More
            > information is available at the center's Web site at
            > http://compassion. stanford. edu.
            >
            > Stanford University Medical Center integrates research, medical
            > education and patient care at its three institutions - Stanford
            > University School of Medicine, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and
            Lucile
            > Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. For more information,
            please
            > visit the Web site of the medical center's Office of Communication
            &
            > Public Affairs at http://mednews. stanford. edu.
            >
            > Stanford University Medical Center
            > ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- -
            > ----------
            >
            > Article URL: http://www.medicaln ewstoday. com/articles/ 136540.php
            >
          • sean tremblay
            Huh? ... From: krishnan sundaram Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At Stanford To Study Brain s Role In
            Message 5 of 18 , Jan 24, 2009
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              Huh?

              --- On Sat, 1/24/09, krishnan sundaram <krish_cost@...> wrote:
              From: krishnan sundaram <krish_cost@...>
              Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
              To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
              Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009, 1:29 AM

              Compassion can never be found in a non-vegetarian.

              --- On Sat, 24/1/09, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroup s.com> wrote:
              From: medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroup s.com>
              Subject: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
              To: meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com
              Date: Saturday, 24 January, 2009, 12:29 AM

              New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's
              Role In Compassion, Altruism
              23 Jan 2009

              A new Center for Compassion and Altruism
              Research and Education has been launched
              at the Stanford University School of Medicine,
              with the aim of doing scientific research on
              the neural underpinnings of these thoughts and feelings.

              His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso,
              provided $150,000 in seed money for the center-the
              largest sum he has ever given for a scientific
              venture-and has agreed to return to Stanford for
              a future visit, according to Geshe Thupten Jinpa,
              a translator for the Dalai Lama.

              The center is the brainchild of Jim Doty, MD,
              a clinical professor of neurosurgery who recently
              returned to Stanford after a period of
              entrepreneurship, and neurologist William Mobley,
              MD, PhD, the John E. Cahill Family Professor in
              the School of Medicine. Doty is the director of
              the center, which is housed within the Stanford
              Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences,

              The impetus for the center began in November 2005,
              when the Dalai Lama visited Stanford for a dialogue
              with scientists and Buddhist scholars that was moderated by Mobley
              and focused on spiritual and scientific
              explorations of human experience in the areas
              of craving, suffering and choice.

              Following the visit by the Dalai Lama and based
              on his own experiences and interest in these
              areas, Doty initiated informal meetings with a
              number of Stanford scientists including Mobley,
              who is co-director of the center; Brian Knutson,
              PhD, associate professor of psychology; and Gary
              Steinberg, MD, PhD, professor and chair of
              neurosurgery, in an effort to spur rigorous
              scientific research in mind/brain interactions
              focused on compassion and altruism. He also
              connected with University of Oregon neuroeconomist
              Bill Harbaugh, PhD, who examines altruistic
              giving using functional magnetic resonance imaging.

              In March 2008, a delegation from Stanford flew
              to Seattle, where the Dalai Lama was attending a
              conference related to compassion. On hearing from
              the Stanford group about the goals of the planned
              center and the pilot studies under way, the Dalai
              Lama agreed to a return visit to Stanford and s
              pontaneously volunteered the $150,000 donation
              to spur continuing exploration in this area.

              This event marked the transition from what was
              initially an informal gathering of like-minded
              scientists to the formal creation of the center
              by medical school Dean Philip Pizzo.

              "As a neurosurgeon, I can only affect a few
              patients each day," Doty said. "Through the
              activities of the center, we have the potential
              to impact thousands to millions of people to
              live fuller and more positive lives."

              The center has now raised more than $2 million
              in donations and has initiated a number of
              pilot studies, some involving Buddhist and
              Catholic contemplative practitioners. For example,
              brain-imaging studies have demonstrated a burst
              of activity in an area of the brain known as
              the nucleus accumbens when these practitioners
              think compassionate thoughts. The center is also
              examining individuals' response to the suffering
              of others, which can be either disgust or recognition
              of another's suffering, followed by empathy and
              a desire to take action (this is signaled by
              activation of the prefrontal cortex, the seat of
              initiation of motor movement).

              Questions the center wishes to address, Doty
              said, include:

              - Is it possible to create a set of mental
              exercises that individuals can be taught to
              make them more compassionate without them
              having to spend thousands of hours in meditation
              (common for Buddhist monks)?

              - Is there an explanation for why a child becomes a bully?

              - Are there ways in which children or their
              parents can be taught to be more compassionate?

              - Can we create a set of exercises that will address
              the issue of "compassion fatigue" in clergy and
              hospital personnel?

              - Would such training benefit prison inmates to
              decrease violence and recidivism?

              - Is there a place for such training in the corporate
              environment to decrease the incidence of depression
              and anxiety in workers?

              The center is also sponsoring a symposium, slated
              for March, that will bring together a multidisciplinary
              group of scientists from around the world. Attendees
              will include philosophers, contemplative scholars,
              psychologists, developmentalists, primatologists,
              neuroeconomists and neuroscientists working in the
              area of compassion and altruism research.

              Doty brings a unique perspective on altruism to
              the center. At one point, he accumulated a $75
              million fortune, part of which he committed as a
              multimillion- dollar pledge to Stanford University.
              But following the dot-com meltdown, Doty was $3
              million in debt even after liquidating essentially
              all of his assets.

              To honor his charitable commitments, he sold his
              only remaining asset: stock in Accuray Inc., a
              publicly traded company he had previously headed
              as CEO. This allowed Doty to fulfill pledges of
              $5.4 million to the university and another $20
              million to other charities. Part of his Stanford
              donation is being used to fund the center.

              The center is located at 1215 Welch Road (Module B/room 55). More
              information is available at the center's Web site at
              http://compassion. stanford. edu.

              Stanford University Medical Center integrates research, medical
              education and patient care at its three institutions - Stanford
              University School of Medicine, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile
              Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. For more information, please
              visit the Web site of the medical center's Office of Communication &
              Public Affairs at http://mednews. stanford. edu.

              Stanford University Medical Center
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            • sean tremblay
              Thanks for that Jeff I m in Zabul Province Afghanistan, And since we are on the topic of compassion I m collecting things for Afghan kids, coloring books
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                Thanks for that Jeff
                I'm in Zabul Province Afghanistan, And since we are on the topic of compassion I'm collecting things for Afghan kids, coloring books crayons, small stuffed animals, warm clothing ect and small candies, they like chocolate. They can be sent to:
                SSG Tremblay, Sean
                RSIC South
                Team Viper
                APO, AE 09355
                and to the vego-nazi
                The Afghans slaughtered a fresh goat for me last week and we feasted!
                So put your broccoli where your mouth is!

                --- On Sat, 1/24/09, Jeff Belyea <jeff@...> wrote:
                From: Jeff Belyea <jeff@...>
                Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Re: Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
                Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009, 6:48 AM

                Hi Sean,

                That natural state of compassion
                and connection with other people
                is something I've observed in
                young children as well.

                As examples:

                If you don't mind a ride in
                Mr. Peabody's Wayback machine...

                When a young child I was
                fortunate enough to spend
                a few years with back in
                the 70s was not quite
                2 years old...a couple
                of instances of this
                compassion and connection
                struck me powerful and
                are still fresh in my
                memory:

                We were waiting at the
                airport, and I was holding
                this young boy in my arms.
                His older sister had been
                away for a couple of weeks.
                When she came off the plane
                and into the reception area...

                I was startled to see the
                eyes of this young boy
                tear up upon seeing her.
                It was surprising to me
                that a child so young would
                feel this much intensity
                of emotion, compassion and
                connection. I wouldn't have
                expected that reaction in
                someone so young.

                Secondly, again, while
                holding this same young man:

                We were at a restaurant
                waiting by the counter
                for a table.

                Seated at the counter
                was a man eating a sandwich.

                The young boy leaned over
                as asked, "What are you eating?"

                The man smiled and said,
                "A cheeseburger. "

                Obviously feeling a connection,
                and comfortable with the
                concept of sharing,
                the young boy said...

                "Can I have a bite?"

                I still burst out laughing
                whenever that comes to mind.

                Best,

                Jeff

                PS: Are you back in the states?
                Oh, and the man at the counter
                just turned away, without
                offering to share a bite.

                --- In meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com, sean tremblay
                <bethjams9@. ..> wrote:
                >
                > Great article,
                > This is something I would like to know more about. The biology of
                compassion.  As a father I observed that thier is a natural state of
                compassion that we as a species are born with.  baby on solid food
                will want to share with every one around him family and strangers
                alike.  What changes in the brain occur in life that disconnects us
                from our Natural State of being? As a soldier, my concern is what
                changes occur in the brain that causes seemingly normal people to
                commit savage acts, It seems there is a switch to self destruct mode
                that happens in the brain on a collective level, that thier are acts
                that many individuals are capible of commiting in a group setting and
                not individualy. Again what is the neural root of collective insanity?
                > Good topic
                > Sean
                >
                > --- On Fri, 1/23/09, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroup s.com>
                wrote:
                >
                > From: medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroup s.com>
                > Subject: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At Stanford To
                Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                > To: meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com
                > Date: Friday, January 23, 2009, 1:59 PM
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                > New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's
                > Role In Compassion, Altruism
                > 23 Jan 2009
                >
                > A new Center for Compassion and Altruism
                > Research and Education has been launched
                > at the Stanford University School of Medicine,
                > with the aim of doing scientific research on
                > the neural underpinnings of these thoughts and feelings.
                >
                > His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso,
                > provided $150,000 in seed money for the center-the
                > largest sum he has ever given for a scientific
                > venture-and has agreed to return to Stanford for
                > a future visit, according to Geshe Thupten Jinpa,
                > a translator for the Dalai Lama.
                >
                > The center is the brainchild of Jim Doty, MD,
                > a clinical professor of neurosurgery who recently
                > returned to Stanford after a period of
                > entrepreneurship, and neurologist William Mobley,
                > MD, PhD, the John E. Cahill Family Professor in
                > the School of Medicine. Doty is the director of
                > the center, which is housed within the Stanford
                > Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences,
                >
                > The impetus for the center began in November 2005,
                > when the Dalai Lama visited Stanford for a dialogue
                > with scientists and Buddhist scholars that was moderated by Mobley
                > and focused on spiritual and scientific
                > explorations of human experience in the areas
                > of craving, suffering and choice.
                >
                > Following the visit by the Dalai Lama and based
                > on his own experiences and interest in these
                > areas, Doty initiated informal meetings with a
                > number of Stanford scientists including Mobley,
                > who is co-director of the center; Brian Knutson,
                > PhD, associate professor of psychology; and Gary
                > Steinberg, MD, PhD, professor and chair of
                > neurosurgery, in an effort to spur rigorous
                > scientific research in mind/brain interactions
                > focused on compassion and altruism. He also
                > connected with University of Oregon neuroeconomist
                > Bill Harbaugh, PhD, who examines altruistic
                > giving using functional magnetic resonance imaging.
                >
                > In March 2008, a delegation from Stanford flew
                > to Seattle, where the Dalai Lama was attending a
                > conference related to compassion. On hearing from
                > the Stanford group about the goals of the planned
                > center and the pilot studies under way, the Dalai
                > Lama agreed to a return visit to Stanford and s
                > pontaneously volunteered the $150,000 donation
                > to spur continuing exploration in this area.
                >
                > This event marked the transition from what was
                > initially an informal gathering of like-minded
                > scientists to the formal creation of the center
                > by medical school Dean Philip Pizzo.
                >
                > "As a neurosurgeon, I can only affect a few
                > patients each day," Doty said. "Through the
                > activities of the center, we have the potential
                > to impact thousands to millions of people to
                > live fuller and more positive lives."
                >
                > The center has now raised more than $2 million
                > in donations and has initiated a number of
                > pilot studies, some involving Buddhist and
                > Catholic contemplative practitioners. For example,
                > brain-imaging studies have demonstrated a burst
                > of activity in an area of the brain known as
                > the nucleus accumbens when these practitioners
                > think compassionate thoughts. The center is also
                > examining individuals' response to the suffering
                > of others, which can be either disgust or recognition
                > of another's suffering, followed by empathy and
                > a desire to take action (this is signaled by
                > activation of the prefrontal cortex, the seat of
                > initiation of motor movement).
                >
                > Questions the center wishes to address, Doty
                > said, include:
                >
                > - Is it possible to create a set of mental
                > exercises that individuals can be taught to
                > make them more compassionate without them
                > having to spend thousands of hours in meditation
                > (common for Buddhist monks)?
                >
                > - Is there an explanation for why a child becomes a bully?
                >
                > - Are there ways in which children or their
                > parents can be taught to be more compassionate?
                >
                > - Can we create a set of exercises that will address
                > the issue of "compassion fatigue" in clergy and
                > hospital personnel?
                >
                > - Would such training benefit prison inmates to
                > decrease violence and recidivism?
                >
                > - Is there a place for such training in the corporate
                > environment to decrease the incidence of depression
                > and anxiety in workers?
                >
                > The center is also sponsoring a symposium, slated
                > for March, that will bring together a multidisciplinary
                > group of scientists from around the world. Attendees
                > will include philosophers, contemplative scholars,
                > psychologists, developmentalists, primatologists,
                > neuroeconomists and neuroscientists working in the
                > area of compassion and altruism research.
                >
                > Doty brings a unique perspective on altruism to
                > the center. At one point, he accumulated a $75
                > million fortune, part of which he committed as a
                > multimillion- dollar pledge to Stanford University.
                > But following the dot-com meltdown, Doty was $3
                > million in debt even after liquidating essentially
                > all of his assets.
                >
                > To honor his charitable commitments, he sold his
                > only remaining asset: stock in Accuray Inc., a
                > publicly traded company he had previously headed
                > as CEO. This allowed Doty to fulfill pledges of
                > $5.4 million to the university and another $20
                > million to other charities. Part of his Stanford
                > donation is being used to fund the center.
                >
                > The center is located at 1215 Welch Road (Module B/room 55). More
                > information is available at the center's Web site at
                > http://compassion. stanford. edu.
                >
                > Stanford University Medical Center integrates research, medical
                > education and patient care at its three institutions - Stanford
                > University School of Medicine, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and
                Lucile
                > Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. For more information,
                please
                > visit the Web site of the medical center's Office of Communication
                &
                > Public Affairs at http://mednews. stanford. edu.
                >
                > Stanford University Medical Center
                > ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- -
                > ----------
                >
                > Article URL: http://www.medicaln ewstoday. com/articles/ 136540.php
                >


              • medit8ionsociety
                ... compassion I m collecting things for Afghan kids, coloring books crayons, small stuffed animals, warm clothing ect and small candies, ... snip Yo Sean,
                Message 7 of 18 , Jan 24, 2009
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                  sean tremblay <bethjams9@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > Thanks for that Jeff
                  > I'm in Zabul Province Afghanistan, And since we are on the topic of
                  compassion I'm collecting things for Afghan kids, coloring books
                  crayons, small stuffed animals, warm clothing ect and small candies,
                  they like chocolate. They can be sent to:
                  > SSG Tremblay, Sean
                  > RSIC South
                  > Team Viper
                  > APO, AE 09355

                  snip

                  Yo Sean,
                  I've posted this info elsewhere and sent it out to many others.
                  I really think what you are doing is walking the walk and
                  not just studying or talking about compassion. I hope this
                  excellent effort goes very well.
                  Peace and blessings,
                  Bob
                • Bruce Morgen
                  That s a pretty popular opinion on the subcontinent -- I refrain from eating flesh myself, but I also refrain from judging those do. Folks who really want to
                  Message 8 of 18 , Jan 24, 2009
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                    That's a pretty popular opinion
                    on the subcontinent -- I refrain
                    from eating flesh myself, but I
                    also refrain from judging those
                    do. Folks who really want to
                    promote vegetarianism would do
                    well to be as careful about what
                    comes out of their mouths as
                    they are about what goes in --
                    guilt is a very poor motivation
                    for lasting lifestyle change.
                    Direct insight into the karma
                    involved is much more effective,
                    and sudden interjection of
                    guilt mongering into a topic not
                    directly related is usually
                    counterproductive.


                    sean tremblay wrote:
                    > Huh?
                    >
                    > --- On *Sat, 1/24/09, krishnan sundaram /<krish_cost@...>/* wrote:
                    >
                    > From: krishnan sundaram <krish_cost@...>
                    > Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At
                    > Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                    > To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
                    > Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009, 1:29 AM
                    >
                    > Compassion can never be found in a non-vegetarian.
                    >
                    > --- On *Sat, 24/1/09, medit8ionsociety /<no_reply@yahoogroup
                    > s.com>/* wrote:
                    >
                    > From: medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroup s.com>
                    > Subject: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At
                    > Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                    > To: meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com
                    > Date: Saturday, 24 January, 2009, 12:29 AM
                    >
                    > New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's
                    > Role In Compassion, Altruism
                    > 23 Jan 2009
                    >
                    > A new Center for Compassion and Altruism
                    > Research and Education has been launched
                    > at the Stanford University School of Medicine,
                    > with the aim of doing scientific research on
                    > the neural underpinnings of these thoughts and feelings.
                    >
                    > His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso,
                    > provided $150,000 in seed money for the center-the
                    > largest sum he has ever given for a scientific
                    > venture-and has agreed to return to Stanford for
                    > a future visit, according to Geshe Thupten Jinpa,
                    > a translator for the Dalai Lama.
                    >
                    > The center is the brainchild of Jim Doty, MD,
                    > a clinical professor of neurosurgery who recently
                    > returned to Stanford after a period of
                    > entrepreneurship, and neurologist William Mobley,
                    > MD, PhD, the John E. Cahill Family Professor in
                    > the School of Medicine. Doty is the director of
                    > the center, which is housed within the Stanford
                    > Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences,
                    >
                    > The impetus for the center began in November 2005,
                    > when the Dalai Lama visited Stanford for a dialogue
                    > with scientists and Buddhist scholars that was moderated by
                    > Mobley
                    > and focused on spiritual and scientific
                    > explorations of human experience in the areas
                    > of craving, suffering and choice.
                    >
                    > Following the visit by the Dalai Lama and based
                    > on his own experiences and interest in these
                    > areas, Doty initiated informal meetings with a
                    > number of Stanford scientists including Mobley,
                    > who is co-director of the center; Brian Knutson,
                    > PhD, associate professor of psychology; and Gary
                    > Steinberg, MD, PhD, professor and chair of
                    > neurosurgery, in an effort to spur rigorous
                    > scientific research in mind/brain interactions
                    > focused on compassion and altruism. He also
                    > connected with University of Oregon neuroeconomist
                    > Bill Harbaugh, PhD, who examines altruistic
                    > giving using functional magnetic resonance imaging.
                    >
                    > In March 2008, a delegation from Stanford flew
                    > to Seattle, where the Dalai Lama was attending a
                    > conference related to compassion. On hearing from
                    > the Stanford group about the goals of the planned
                    > center and the pilot studies under way, the Dalai
                    > Lama agreed to a return visit to Stanford and s
                    > pontaneously volunteered the $150,000 donation
                    > to spur continuing exploration in this area.
                    >
                    > This event marked the transition from what was
                    > initially an informal gathering of like-minded
                    > scientists to the formal creation of the center
                    > by medical school Dean Philip Pizzo.
                    >
                    > "As a neurosurgeon, I can only affect a few
                    > patients each day," Doty said. "Through the
                    > activities of the center, we have the potential
                    > to impact thousands to millions of people to
                    > live fuller and more positive lives."
                    >
                    > The center has now raised more than $2 million
                    > in donations and has initiated a number of
                    > pilot studies, some involving Buddhist and
                    > Catholic contemplative practitioners. For example,
                    > brain-imaging studies have demonstrated a burst
                    > of activity in an area of the brain known as
                    > the nucleus accumbens when these practitioners
                    > think compassionate thoughts. The center is also
                    > examining individuals' response to the suffering
                    > of others, which can be either disgust or recognition
                    > of another's suffering, followed by empathy and
                    > a desire to take action (this is signaled by
                    > activation of the prefrontal cortex, the seat of
                    > initiation of motor movement).
                    >
                    > Questions the center wishes to address, Doty
                    > said, include:
                    >
                    > - Is it possible to create a set of mental
                    > exercises that individuals can be taught to
                    > make them more compassionate without them
                    > having to spend thousands of hours in meditation
                    > (common for Buddhist monks)?
                    >
                    > - Is there an explanation for why a child becomes a bully?
                    >
                    > - Are there ways in which children or their
                    > parents can be taught to be more compassionate?
                    >
                    > - Can we create a set of exercises that will address
                    > the issue of "compassion fatigue" in clergy and
                    > hospital personnel?
                    >
                    > - Would such training benefit prison inmates to
                    > decrease violence and recidivism?
                    >
                    > - Is there a place for such training in the corporate
                    > environment to decrease the incidence of depression
                    > and anxiety in workers?
                    >
                    > The center is also sponsoring a symposium, slated
                    > for March, that will bring together a multidisciplinary
                    > group of scientists from around the world. Attendees
                    > will include philosophers, contemplative scholars,
                    > psychologists, developmentalists, primatologists,
                    > neuroeconomists and neuroscientists working in the
                    > area of compassion and altruism research.
                    >
                    > Doty brings a unique perspective on altruism to
                    > the center. At one point, he accumulated a $75
                    > million fortune, part of which he committed as a
                    > multimillion- dollar pledge to Stanford University.
                    > But following the dot-com meltdown, Doty was $3
                    > million in debt even after liquidating essentially
                    > all of his assets.
                    >
                    > To honor his charitable commitments, he sold his
                    > only remaining asset: stock in Accuray Inc., a
                    > publicly traded company he had previously headed
                    > as CEO. This allowed Doty to fulfill pledges of
                    > $5.4 million to the university and another $20
                    > million to other charities. Part of his Stanford
                    > donation is being used to fund the center.
                    >
                    > The center is located at 1215 Welch Road (Module B/room 55). More
                    > information is available at the center's Web site at
                    > http://compassion. stanford. edu.
                    > <http://compassion.stanford.edu./>
                    >
                    > Stanford University Medical Center integrates research, medical
                    > education and patient care at its three institutions - Stanford
                    > University School of Medicine, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and
                    > Lucile
                    > Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. For more information,
                    > please
                    > visit the Web site of the medical center's Office of
                    > Communication &
                    > Public Affairs at http://mednews. stanford. edu.
                    > <http://mednews.stanford.edu./>
                    >
                    > Stanford University Medical Center
                    > ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- -
                    > ----------
                    >
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                    > 136540.php <http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/136540.php>
                    >
                    >
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                  • sean tremblay
                    Thanks Bob, I apperciate that very much ... From: medit8ionsociety Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Re: Brain s Role In
                    Message 9 of 18 , Jan 24, 2009
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                      Thanks Bob, I apperciate that very much

                      --- On Sat, 1/24/09, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
                      From: medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com>
                      Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Re: Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                      To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
                      Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009, 6:48 PM

                      sean tremblay <bethjams9@. ..> wrote:
                      >
                      > Thanks for that Jeff
                      > I'm in Zabul Province Afghanistan, And since we are on the topic of
                      compassion I'm collecting things for Afghan kids, coloring books
                      crayons, small stuffed animals, warm clothing ect and small candies,
                      they like chocolate. They can be sent to:
                      > SSG Tremblay, Sean
                      > RSIC South
                      > Team Viper
                      > APO, AE 09355

                      snip

                      Yo Sean,
                      I've posted this info elsewhere and sent it out to many others.
                      I really think what you are doing is walking the walk and
                      not just studying or talking about compassion. I hope this
                      excellent effort goes very well.
                      Peace and blessings,
                      Bob


                    • sean tremblay
                      Out here in the mountains of Afghanistan, I d starve to death as a vegitarian! ... From: Bruce Morgen Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of
                      Message 10 of 18 , Jan 24, 2009
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                        Out here in the mountains of Afghanistan, I'd starve to death as a vegitarian!

                        --- On Sat, 1/24/09, Bruce Morgen <editor@...> wrote:
                        From: Bruce Morgen <editor@...>
                        Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                        To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
                        Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009, 9:20 PM

                        That's a pretty popular opinion
                        on the subcontinent -- I refrain
                        from eating flesh myself, but I
                        also refrain from judging those
                        do. Folks who really want to
                        promote vegetarianism would do
                        well to be as careful about what
                        comes out of their mouths as
                        they are about what goes in --
                        guilt is a very poor motivation
                        for lasting lifestyle change.
                        Direct insight into the karma
                        involved is much more effective,
                        and sudden interjection of
                        guilt mongering into a topic not
                        directly related is usually
                        counterproductive.

                        sean tremblay wrote:
                        > Huh?
                        >
                        > --- On *Sat, 1/24/09, krishnan sundaram /<krish_cost@yahoo. co.in>/* wrote:
                        >
                        > From: krishnan sundaram <krish_cost@yahoo. co.in>
                        > Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At
                        > Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                        > To: meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com
                        > Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009, 1:29 AM
                        >
                        > Compassion can never be found in a non-vegetarian.
                        >
                        > --- On *Sat, 24/1/09, medit8ionsociety /<no_reply@yahoogro up
                        > s.com>/* wrote:
                        >
                        > From: medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogrou p s.com>
                        > Subject: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At
                        > Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                        > To: meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com
                        > Date: Saturday, 24 January, 2009, 12:29 AM
                        >
                        > New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's
                        > Role In Compassion, Altruism
                        > 23 Jan 2009
                        >
                        > A new Center for Compassion and Altruism
                        > Research and Education has been launched
                        > at the Stanford University School of Medicine,
                        > with the aim of doing scientific research on
                        > the neural underpinnings of these thoughts and feelings.
                        >
                        > His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso,
                        > provided $150,000 in seed money for the center-the
                        > largest sum he has ever given for a scientific
                        > venture-and has agreed to return to Stanford for
                        > a future visit, according to Geshe Thupten Jinpa,
                        > a translator for the Dalai Lama.
                        >
                        > The center is the brainchild of Jim Doty, MD,
                        > a clinical professor of neurosurgery who recently
                        > returned to Stanford after a period of
                        > entrepreneurship, and neurologist William Mobley,
                        > MD, PhD, the John E. Cahill Family Professor in
                        > the School of Medicine. Doty is the director of
                        > the center, which is housed within the Stanford
                        > Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences,
                        >
                        > The impetus for the center began in November 2005,
                        > when the Dalai Lama visited Stanford for a dialogue
                        > with scientists and Buddhist scholars that was moderated by
                        > Mobley
                        > and focused on spiritual and scientific
                        > explorations of human experience in the areas
                        > of craving, suffering and choice.
                        >
                        > Following the visit by the Dalai Lama and based
                        > on his own experiences and interest in these
                        > areas, Doty initiated informal meetings with a
                        > number of Stanford scientists including Mobley,
                        > who is co-director of the center; Brian Knutson,
                        > PhD, associate professor of psychology; and Gary
                        > Steinberg, MD, PhD, professor and chair of
                        > neurosurgery, in an effort to spur rigorous
                        > scientific research in mind/brain interactions
                        > focused on compassion and altruism. He also
                        > connected with University of Oregon neuroeconomist
                        > Bill Harbaugh, PhD, who examines altruistic
                        > giving using functional magnetic resonance imaging.
                        >
                        > In March 2008, a delegation from Stanford flew
                        > to Seattle, where the Dalai Lama was attending a
                        > conference related to compassion. On hearing from
                        > the Stanford group about the goals of the planned
                        > center and the pilot studies under way, the Dalai
                        > Lama agreed to a return visit to Stanford and s
                        > pontaneously volunteered the $150,000 donation
                        > to spur continuing exploration in this area.
                        >
                        > This event marked the transition from what was
                        > initially an informal gathering of like-minded
                        > scientists to the formal creation of the center
                        > by medical school Dean Philip Pizzo.
                        >
                        > "As a neurosurgeon, I can only affect a few
                        > patients each day," Doty said. "Through the
                        > activities of the center, we have the potential
                        > to impact thousands to millions of people to
                        > live fuller and more positive lives."
                        >
                        > The center has now raised more than $2 million
                        > in donations and has initiated a number of
                        > pilot studies, some involving Buddhist and
                        > Catholic contemplative practitioners. For example,
                        > brain-imaging studies have demonstrated a burst
                        > of activity in an area of the brain known as
                        > the nucleus accumbens when these practitioners
                        > think compassionate thoughts. The center is also
                        > examining individuals' response to the suffering
                        > of others, which can be either disgust or recognition
                        > of another's suffering, followed by empathy and
                        > a desire to take action (this is signaled by
                        > activation of the prefrontal cortex, the seat of
                        > initiation of motor movement).
                        >
                        > Questions the center wishes to address, Doty
                        > said, include:
                        >
                        > - Is it possible to create a set of mental
                        > exercises that individuals can be taught to
                        > make them more compassionate without them
                        > having to spend thousands of hours in meditation
                        > (common for Buddhist monks)?
                        >
                        > - Is there an explanation for why a child becomes a bully?
                        >
                        > - Are there ways in which children or their
                        > parents can be taught to be more compassionate?
                        >
                        > - Can we create a set of exercises that will address
                        > the issue of "compassion fatigue" in clergy and
                        > hospital personnel?
                        >
                        > - Would such training benefit prison inmates to
                        > decrease violence and recidivism?
                        >
                        > - Is there a place for such training in the corporate
                        > environment to decrease the incidence of depression
                        > and anxiety in workers?
                        >
                        > The center is also sponsoring a symposium, slated
                        > for March, that will bring together a multidisciplinary
                        > group of scientists from around the world. Attendees
                        > will include philosophers, contemplative scholars,
                        > psychologists, developmentalists, primatologists,
                        > neuroeconomists and neuroscientists working in the
                        > area of compassion and altruism research.
                        >
                        > Doty brings a unique perspective on altruism to
                        > the center. At one point, he accumulated a $75
                        > million fortune, part of which he committed as a
                        > multimillion- dollar pledge to Stanford University.
                        > But following the dot-com meltdown, Doty was $3
                        > million in debt even after liquidating essentially
                        > all of his assets.
                        >
                        > To honor his charitable commitments, he sold his
                        > only remaining asset: stock in Accuray Inc., a
                        > publicly traded company he had previously headed
                        > as CEO. This allowed Doty to fulfill pledges of
                        > $5.4 million to the university and another $20
                        > million to other charities. Part of his Stanford
                        > donation is being used to fund the center.
                        >
                        > The center is located at 1215 Welch Road (Module B/room 55). More
                        > information is available at the center's Web site at
                        > http://compassion. stanford. edu.
                        > <http://compassion. stanford. edu./>
                        >
                        > Stanford University Medical Center integrates research, medical
                        > education and patient care at its three institutions - Stanford
                        > University School of Medicine, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and
                        > Lucile
                        > Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. For more information,
                        > please
                        > visit the Web site of the medical center's Office of
                        > Communication &
                        > Public Affairs at http://mednews. stanford. edu.
                        > <http://mednews. stanford. edu./>
                        >
                        > Stanford University Medical Center
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                      • deborah5552001
                        Well said, Bruce. Thank you for those words of wisdom. That kind of judgmental attitude is the very antithesis of compassion. Deborah ...
                        Message 11 of 18 , Jan 25, 2009
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                          Well said, Bruce. Thank you for those words of wisdom.

                          That kind of judgmental attitude is the very antithesis of compassion.

                          Deborah


                          --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, Bruce Morgen
                          <editor@...> wrote:
                          >
                          > That's a pretty popular opinion
                          > on the subcontinent -- I refrain
                          > from eating flesh myself, but I
                          > also refrain from judging those
                          > do. Folks who really want to
                          > promote vegetarianism would do
                          > well to be as careful about what
                          > comes out of their mouths as
                          > they are about what goes in --
                          > guilt is a very poor motivation
                          > for lasting lifestyle change.
                          > Direct insight into the karma
                          > involved is much more effective,
                          > and sudden interjection of
                          > guilt mongering into a topic not
                          > directly related is usually
                          > counterproductive.
                          >
                          >
                          > sean tremblay wrote:
                          > > Huh?
                          > >
                          > > --- On *Sat, 1/24/09, krishnan sundaram /<krish_cost@...>/* wrote:
                          > >
                          > > From: krishnan sundaram <krish_cost@...>
                          > > Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At
                          > > Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                          > > To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
                          > > Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009, 1:29 AM
                          > >
                          > > Compassion can never be found in a non-vegetarian.
                          > >
                          > > y of America] New Center At
                          > > Dean Philip Pizzo.
                          > > > > ---------------------------------------------------------
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                        • Bruce Morgen
                          As would the native peoples of the arctic and many other places, which is one of the reasons why treating vegetarianism as mandatory is so counterproductive --
                          Message 12 of 18 , Jan 25, 2009
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                            As would the native peoples of
                            the arctic and many other places,
                            which is one of the reasons why
                            treating vegetarianism as
                            mandatory is so counterproductive
                            -- in a fertile region like the
                            subcontinent, it's not surprising
                            that it became part of the
                            various (Hindu, Jain, etc.)
                            spiritual traditions, but there
                            are entire regions where humans
                            must depend on local fauna to
                            preprocess the scant available
                            nutrition. Of course a truly
                            doctrinaire vegetarian would say
                            "don't live there!" :-)


                            sean tremblay wrote:
                            > Out here in the mountains of Afghanistan, I'd starve to death as a
                            > vegitarian!
                            >
                            > --- On *Sat, 1/24/09, Bruce Morgen /<editor@...>/* wrote:
                            >
                            > From: Bruce Morgen <editor@...>
                            > Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At
                            > Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                            > To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
                            > Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009, 9:20 PM
                            >
                            > That's a pretty popular opinion
                            > on the subcontinent -- I refrain
                            > from eating flesh myself, but I
                            > also refrain from judging those
                            > do. Folks who really want to
                            > promote vegetarianism would do
                            > well to be as careful about what
                            > comes out of their mouths as
                            > they are about what goes in --
                            > guilt is a very poor motivation
                            > for lasting lifestyle change.
                            > Direct insight into the karma
                            > involved is much more effective,
                            > and sudden interjection of
                            > guilt mongering into a topic not
                            > directly related is usually
                            > counterproductive.
                            >
                            > sean tremblay wrote:
                            > > Huh?
                            > >
                            > > --- On *Sat, 1/24/09, krishnan sundaram /<krish_cost@yahoo.
                            > co.in <mailto:krish_cost%40yahoo.co.in>>/* wrote:
                            > >
                            > > From: krishnan sundaram <krish_cost@yahoo. co.in
                            > <mailto:krish_cost%40yahoo.co.in>>
                            > > Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At
                            > > Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                            > > To: meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com
                            > <mailto:meditationsocietyofamerica%40yahoogroups.com>
                            > > Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009, 1:29 AM
                            > >
                            > > Compassion can never be found in a non-vegetarian.
                            > >
                            > > --- On *Sat, 24/1/09, medit8ionsociety /<no_reply@yahoogro up
                            > > s.com>/* wrote:
                            > >
                            > > From: medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogrou p s.com>
                            > > Subject: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At
                            > > Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                            > > To: meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com
                            > > Date: Saturday, 24 January, 2009, 12:29 AM
                            > >
                            > > New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's
                            > > Role In Compassion, Altruism
                            > > 23 Jan 2009
                            > >
                            > > A new Center for Compassion and Altruism
                            > > Research and Education has been launched
                            > > at the Stanford University School of Medicine,
                            > > with the aim of doing scientific research on
                            > > the neural underpinnings of these thoughts and feelings.
                            > >
                            > > His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso,
                            > > provided $150,000 in seed money for the center-the
                            > > largest sum he has ever given for a scientific
                            > > venture-and has agreed to return to Stanford for
                            > > a future visit, according to Geshe Thupten Jinpa,
                            > > a translator for the Dalai Lama.
                            > >
                            > > The center is the brainchild of Jim Doty, MD,
                            > > a clinical professor of neurosurgery who recently
                            > > returned to Stanford after a period of
                            > > entrepreneurship, and neurologist William Mobley,
                            > > MD, PhD, the John E. Cahill Family Professor in
                            > > the School of Medicine. Doty is the director of
                            > > the center, which is housed within the Stanford
                            > > Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences,
                            > >
                            > > The impetus for the center began in November 2005,
                            > > when the Dalai Lama visited Stanford for a dialogue
                            > > with scientists and Buddhist scholars that was moderated by
                            > > Mobley
                            > > and focused on spiritual and scientific
                            > > explorations of human experience in the areas
                            > > of craving, suffering and choice.
                            > >
                            > > Following the visit by the Dalai Lama and based
                            > > on his own experiences and interest in these
                            > > areas, Doty initiated informal meetings with a
                            > > number of Stanford scientists including Mobley,
                            > > who is co-director of the center; Brian Knutson,
                            > > PhD, associate professor of psychology; and Gary
                            > > Steinberg, MD, PhD, professor and chair of
                            > > neurosurgery, in an effort to spur rigorous
                            > > scientific research in mind/brain interactions
                            > > focused on compassion and altruism. He also
                            > > connected with University of Oregon neuroeconomist
                            > > Bill Harbaugh, PhD, who examines altruistic
                            > > giving using functional magnetic resonance imaging.
                            > >
                            > > In March 2008, a delegation from Stanford flew
                            > > to Seattle, where the Dalai Lama was attending a
                            > > conference related to compassion. On hearing from
                            > > the Stanford group about the goals of the planned
                            > > center and the pilot studies under way, the Dalai
                            > > Lama agreed to a return visit to Stanford and s
                            > > pontaneously volunteered the $150,000 donation
                            > > to spur continuing exploration in this area.
                            > >
                            > > This event marked the transition from what was
                            > > initially an informal gathering of like-minded
                            > > scientists to the formal creation of the center
                            > > by medical school Dean Philip Pizzo.
                            > >
                            > > "As a neurosurgeon, I can only affect a few
                            > > patients each day," Doty said. "Through the
                            > > activities of the center, we have the potential
                            > > to impact thousands to millions of people to
                            > > live fuller and more positive lives."
                            > >
                            > > The center has now raised more than $2 million
                            > > in donations and has initiated a number of
                            > > pilot studies, some involving Buddhist and
                            > > Catholic contemplative practitioners. For example,
                            > > brain-imaging studies have demonstrated a burst
                            > > of activity in an area of the brain known as
                            > > the nucleus accumbens when these practitioners
                            > > think compassionate thoughts. The center is also
                            > > examining individuals' response to the suffering
                            > > of others, which can be either disgust or recognition
                            > > of another's suffering, followed by empathy and
                            > > a desire to take action (this is signaled by
                            > > activation of the prefrontal cortex, the seat of
                            > > initiation of motor movement).
                            > >
                            > > Questions the center wishes to address, Doty
                            > > said, include:
                            > >
                            > > - Is it possible to create a set of mental
                            > > exercises that individuals can be taught to
                            > > make them more compassionate without them
                            > > having to spend thousands of hours in meditation
                            > > (common for Buddhist monks)?
                            > >
                            > > - Is there an explanation for why a child becomes a bully?
                            > >
                            > > - Are there ways in which children or their
                            > > parents can be taught to be more compassionate?
                            > >
                            > > - Can we create a set of exercises that will address
                            > > the issue of "compassion fatigue" in clergy and
                            > > hospital personnel?
                            > >
                            > > - Would such training benefit prison inmates to
                            > > decrease violence and recidivism?
                            > >
                            > > - Is there a place for such training in the corporate
                            > > environment to decrease the incidence of depression
                            > > and anxiety in workers?
                            > >
                            > > The center is also sponsoring a symposium, slated
                            > > for March, that will bring together a multidisciplinary
                            > > group of scientists from around the world. Attendees
                            > > will include philosophers, contemplative scholars,
                            > > psychologists, developmentalists, primatologists,
                            > > neuroeconomists and neuroscientists working in the
                            > > area of compassion and altruism research.
                            > >
                            > > Doty brings a unique perspective on altruism to
                            > > the center. At one point, he accumulated a $75
                            > > million fortune, part of which he committed as a
                            > > multimillion- dollar pledge to Stanford University.
                            > > But following the dot-com meltdown, Doty was $3
                            > > million in debt even after liquidating essentially
                            > > all of his assets.
                            > >
                            > > To honor his charitable commitments, he sold his
                            > > only remaining asset: stock in Accuray Inc., a
                            > > publicly traded company he had previously headed
                            > > as CEO. This allowed Doty to fulfill pledges of
                            > > $5.4 million to the university and another $20
                            > > million to other charities. Part of his Stanford
                            > > donation is being used to fund the center.
                            > >
                            > > The center is located at 1215 Welch Road (Module B/room 55). More
                            > > information is available at the center's Web site at
                            > > http://compassion. <http://compassion./> stanford. edu.
                            > > <http://compassion. stanford. edu./
                            > <http://compassion.stanford.edu./>>
                            > >
                            > > Stanford University Medical Center integrates research, medical
                            > > education and patient care at its three institutions - Stanford
                            > > University School of Medicine, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and
                            > > Lucile
                            > > Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. For more information,
                            > > please
                            > > visit the Web site of the medical center's Office of
                            > > Communication &
                            > > Public Affairs at http://mednews. <http://mednews./> stanford. edu.
                            > > <http://mednews. stanford. edu./ <http://mednews.stanford.edu./>>
                            > >
                            > > Stanford University Medical Center
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                            > ewstoday. com/articles/
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                          • Bruce Morgen
                            Thanks for the kind acknowledgment, Deborah.
                            Message 13 of 18 , Jan 25, 2009
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                              Thanks for the kind acknowledgment,
                              Deborah.



                              deborah5552001 wrote:
                              > Well said, Bruce. Thank you for those words of wisdom.
                              >
                              > That kind of judgmental attitude is the very antithesis of compassion.
                              >
                              > Deborah
                              >
                              >
                              > --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, Bruce Morgen
                              > <editor@...> wrote:
                              >
                              >> That's a pretty popular opinion
                              >> on the subcontinent -- I refrain
                              >> from eating flesh myself, but I
                              >> also refrain from judging those
                              >> do. Folks who really want to
                              >> promote vegetarianism would do
                              >> well to be as careful about what
                              >> comes out of their mouths as
                              >> they are about what goes in --
                              >> guilt is a very poor motivation
                              >> for lasting lifestyle change.
                              >> Direct insight into the karma
                              >> involved is much more effective,
                              >> and sudden interjection of
                              >> guilt mongering into a topic not
                              >> directly related is usually
                              >> counterproductive.
                              >>
                              >>
                              >> sean tremblay wrote:
                              >>
                              >>> Huh?
                              >>>
                              >>> --- On *Sat, 1/24/09, krishnan sundaram /<krish_cost@...>/* wrote:
                              >>>
                              >>> From: krishnan sundaram <krish_cost@...>
                              >>> Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At
                              >>> Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                              >>> To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
                              >>> Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009, 1:29 AM
                              >>>
                              >>> Compassion can never be found in a non-vegetarian.
                              >>>
                              >>> y of America] New Center At
                              >>> Dean Philip Pizzo.
                              >>> > > -------------------------------------------------
                            • krishnan sundaram
                              Inscription in an Indian temple compassion can never come to a flesh eater ... From: Bruce Morgen Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of
                              Message 14 of 18 , Jan 25, 2009
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                                Inscription in an Indian temple "compassion can never come to a flesh eater"

                                --- On Sun, 25/1/09, Bruce Morgen <editor@...> wrote:
                                From: Bruce Morgen <editor@...>
                                Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                                To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
                                Date: Sunday, 25 January, 2009, 7:50 AM

                                That's a pretty popular opinion
                                on the subcontinent -- I refrain
                                from eating flesh myself, but I
                                also refrain from judging those
                                do. Folks who really want to
                                promote vegetarianism would do
                                well to be as careful about what
                                comes out of their mouths as
                                they are about what goes in --
                                guilt is a very poor motivation
                                for lasting lifestyle change.
                                Direct insight into the karma
                                involved is much more effective,
                                and sudden interjection of
                                guilt mongering into a topic not
                                directly related is usually
                                counterproductive.

                                sean tremblay wrote:
                                > Huh?
                                >
                                > --- On *Sat, 1/24/09, krishnan sundaram /<krish_cost@yahoo. co.in>/* wrote:
                                >
                                > From: krishnan sundaram <krish_cost@yahoo. co.in>
                                > Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At
                                > Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                                > To: meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com
                                > Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009, 1:29 AM
                                >
                                > Compassion can never be found in a non-vegetarian.
                                >
                                > --- On *Sat, 24/1/09, medit8ionsociety /<no_reply@yahoogro up
                                > s.com>/* wrote:
                                >
                                > From: medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogrou p s.com>
                                > Subject: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At
                                > Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                                > To: meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com
                                > Date: Saturday, 24 January, 2009, 12:29 AM
                                >
                                > New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's
                                > Role In Compassion, Altruism
                                > 23 Jan 2009
                                >
                                > A new Center for Compassion and Altruism
                                > Research and Education has been launched
                                > at the Stanford University School of Medicine,
                                > with the aim of doing scientific research on
                                > the neural underpinnings of these thoughts and feelings.
                                >
                                > His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso,
                                > provided $150,000 in seed money for the center-the
                                > largest sum he has ever given for a scientific
                                > venture-and has agreed to return to Stanford for
                                > a future visit, according to Geshe Thupten Jinpa,
                                > a translator for the Dalai Lama.
                                >
                                > The center is the brainchild of Jim Doty, MD,
                                > a clinical professor of neurosurgery who recently
                                > returned to Stanford after a period of
                                > entrepreneurship, and neurologist William Mobley,
                                > MD, PhD, the John E. Cahill Family Professor in
                                > the School of Medicine. Doty is the director of
                                > the center, which is housed within the Stanford
                                > Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences,
                                >
                                > The impetus for the center began in November 2005,
                                > when the Dalai Lama visited Stanford for a dialogue
                                > with scientists and Buddhist scholars that was moderated by
                                > Mobley
                                > and focused on spiritual and scientific
                                > explorations of human experience in the areas
                                > of craving, suffering and choice.
                                >
                                > Following the visit by the Dalai Lama and based
                                > on his own experiences and interest in these
                                > areas, Doty initiated informal meetings with a
                                > number of Stanford scientists including Mobley,
                                > who is co-director of the center; Brian Knutson,
                                > PhD, associate professor of psychology; and Gary
                                > Steinberg, MD, PhD, professor and chair of
                                > neurosurgery, in an effort to spur rigorous
                                > scientific research in mind/brain interactions
                                > focused on compassion and altruism. He also
                                > connected with University of Oregon neuroeconomist
                                > Bill Harbaugh, PhD, who examines altruistic
                                > giving using functional magnetic resonance imaging.
                                >
                                > In March 2008, a delegation from Stanford flew
                                > to Seattle, where the Dalai Lama was attending a
                                > conference related to compassion. On hearing from
                                > the Stanford group about the goals of the planned
                                > center and the pilot studies under way, the Dalai
                                > Lama agreed to a return visit to Stanford and s
                                > pontaneously volunteered the $150,000 donation
                                > to spur continuing exploration in this area.
                                >
                                > This event marked the transition from what was
                                > initially an informal gathering of like-minded
                                > scientists to the formal creation of the center
                                > by medical school Dean Philip Pizzo.
                                >
                                > "As a neurosurgeon, I can only affect a few
                                > patients each day," Doty said. "Through the
                                > activities of the center, we have the potential
                                > to impact thousands to millions of people to
                                > live fuller and more positive lives."
                                >
                                > The center has now raised more than $2 million
                                > in donations and has initiated a number of
                                > pilot studies, some involving Buddhist and
                                > Catholic contemplative practitioners. For example,
                                > brain-imaging studies have demonstrated a burst
                                > of activity in an area of the brain known as
                                > the nucleus accumbens when these practitioners
                                > think compassionate thoughts. The center is also
                                > examining individuals' response to the suffering
                                > of others, which can be either disgust or recognition
                                > of another's suffering, followed by empathy and
                                > a desire to take action (this is signaled by
                                > activation of the prefrontal cortex, the seat of
                                > initiation of motor movement).
                                >
                                > Questions the center wishes to address, Doty
                                > said, include:
                                >
                                > - Is it possible to create a set of mental
                                > exercises that individuals can be taught to
                                > make them more compassionate without them
                                > having to spend thousands of hours in meditation
                                > (common for Buddhist monks)?
                                >
                                > - Is there an explanation for why a child becomes a bully?
                                >
                                > - Are there ways in which children or their
                                > parents can be taught to be more compassionate?
                                >
                                > - Can we create a set of exercises that will address
                                > the issue of "compassion fatigue" in clergy and
                                > hospital personnel?
                                >
                                > - Would such training benefit prison inmates to
                                > decrease violence and recidivism?
                                >
                                > - Is there a place for such training in the corporate
                                > environment to decrease the incidence of depression
                                > and anxiety in workers?
                                >
                                > The center is also sponsoring a symposium, slated
                                > for March, that will bring together a multidisciplinary
                                > group of scientists from around the world. Attendees
                                > will include philosophers, contemplative scholars,
                                > psychologists, developmentalists, primatologists,
                                > neuroeconomists and neuroscientists working in the
                                > area of compassion and altruism research.
                                >
                                > Doty brings a unique perspective on altruism to
                                > the center. At one point, he accumulated a $75
                                > million fortune, part of which he committed as a
                                > multimillion- dollar pledge to Stanford University.
                                > But following the dot-com meltdown, Doty was $3
                                > million in debt even after liquidating essentially
                                > all of his assets.
                                >
                                > To honor his charitable commitments, he sold his
                                > only remaining asset: stock in Accuray Inc., a
                                > publicly traded company he had previously headed
                                > as CEO. This allowed Doty to fulfill pledges of
                                > $5.4 million to the university and another $20
                                > million to other charities. Part of his Stanford
                                > donation is being used to fund the center.
                                >
                                > The center is located at 1215 Welch Road (Module B/room 55). More
                                > information is available at the center's Web site at
                                > http://compassion. stanford. edu.
                                > <http://compassion. stanford. edu./>
                                >
                                > Stanford University Medical Center integrates research, medical
                                > education and patient care at its three institutions - Stanford
                                > University School of Medicine, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and
                                > Lucile
                                > Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. For more information,
                                > please
                                > visit the Web site of the medical center's Office of
                                > Communication &
                                > Public Affairs at http://mednews. stanford. edu.
                                > <http://mednews. stanford. edu./>
                                >
                                > Stanford University Medical Center
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                              • medit8ionsociety
                                ... flesh eater ... Compassion includeds compassion towards others who eat flesh, be it for health, economic, ignorance, or whatever reason. I do realize that
                                Message 15 of 18 , Jan 26, 2009
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                                  --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, krishnan sundaram
                                  <krish_cost@...> wrote:
                                  >
                                  > Inscription in an Indian temple "compassion can never come to a
                                  flesh eater"
                                  >
                                  Compassion includeds compassion towards others who
                                  eat flesh, be it for health, economic, ignorance, or whatever
                                  reason. I do realize that the inscription was probably
                                  meant to be a warning or reminder or for some well
                                  intended motivation, but its use of "...never..."
                                  seems a bit uncompassionate.
                                  Peace and blessings,
                                  Bob (45 years of being a vegitarian)
                                  > --- On Sun, 25/1/09, Bruce Morgen <editor@...> wrote:
                                  >
                                  > From: Bruce Morgen <editor@...>
                                  > Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At Stanford
                                  To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                                  > To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
                                  > Date: Sunday, 25 January, 2009, 7:50 AM
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  > That's a pretty popular opinion
                                  > on the subcontinent -- I refrain
                                  > from eating flesh myself, but I
                                  > also refrain from judging those
                                  > do. Folks who really want to
                                  > promote vegetarianism would do
                                  > well to be as careful about what
                                  > comes out of their mouths as
                                  > they are about what goes in --
                                  > guilt is a very poor motivation
                                  > for lasting lifestyle change.
                                  > Direct insight into the karma
                                  > involved is much more effective,
                                  > and sudden interjection of
                                  > guilt mongering into a topic not
                                  > directly related is usually
                                  > counterproductive.
                                  >
                                  > sean tremblay wrote:
                                  > > Huh?
                                  > >
                                  > > --- On *Sat, 1/24/09, krishnan sundaram /<krish_cost@yahoo.
                                  co.in>/* wrote:
                                  > >
                                  > > From: krishnan sundaram <krish_cost@yahoo. co.in>
                                  > > Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At
                                  > > Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                                  > > To: meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com
                                  > > Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009, 1:29 AM
                                  > >
                                  > > Compassion can never be found in a non-vegetarian.
                                  > >
                                  > > --- On *Sat, 24/1/09, medit8ionsociety /<no_reply@yahoogro up
                                  > > s.com>/* wrote:
                                  > >
                                  > > From: medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogrou p s.com>
                                  > > Subject: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At
                                  > > Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                                  > > To: meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com
                                  > > Date: Saturday, 24 January, 2009, 12:29 AM
                                  > >
                                  > > New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's
                                  > > Role In Compassion, Altruism
                                  > > 23 Jan 2009
                                  > >
                                  > > A new Center for Compassion and Altruism
                                  > > Research and Education has been launched
                                  > > at the Stanford University School of Medicine,
                                  > > with the aim of doing scientific research on
                                  > > the neural underpinnings of these thoughts and feelings.
                                  > >
                                  > > His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso,
                                  > > provided $150,000 in seed money for the center-the
                                  > > largest sum he has ever given for a scientific
                                  > > venture-and has agreed to return to Stanford for
                                  > > a future visit, according to Geshe Thupten Jinpa,
                                  > > a translator for the Dalai Lama.
                                  > >
                                  > > The center is the brainchild of Jim Doty, MD,
                                  > > a clinical professor of neurosurgery who recently
                                  > > returned to Stanford after a period of
                                  > > entrepreneurship, and neurologist William Mobley,
                                  > > MD, PhD, the John E. Cahill Family Professor in
                                  > > the School of Medicine. Doty is the director of
                                  > > the center, which is housed within the Stanford
                                  > > Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences,
                                  > >
                                  > > The impetus for the center began in November 2005,
                                  > > when the Dalai Lama visited Stanford for a dialogue
                                  > > with scientists and Buddhist scholars that was moderated by
                                  > > Mobley
                                  > > and focused on spiritual and scientific
                                  > > explorations of human experience in the areas
                                  > > of craving, suffering and choice.
                                  > >
                                  > > Following the visit by the Dalai Lama and based
                                  > > on his own experiences and interest in these
                                  > > areas, Doty initiated informal meetings with a
                                  > > number of Stanford scientists including Mobley,
                                  > > who is co-director of the center; Brian Knutson,
                                  > > PhD, associate professor of psychology; and Gary
                                  > > Steinberg, MD, PhD, professor and chair of
                                  > > neurosurgery, in an effort to spur rigorous
                                  > > scientific research in mind/brain interactions
                                  > > focused on compassion and altruism. He also
                                  > > connected with University of Oregon neuroeconomist
                                  > > Bill Harbaugh, PhD, who examines altruistic
                                  > > giving using functional magnetic resonance imaging.
                                  > >
                                  > > In March 2008, a delegation from Stanford flew
                                  > > to Seattle, where the Dalai Lama was attending a
                                  > > conference related to compassion. On hearing from
                                  > > the Stanford group about the goals of the planned
                                  > > center and the pilot studies under way, the Dalai
                                  > > Lama agreed to a return visit to Stanford and s
                                  > > pontaneously volunteered the $150,000 donation
                                  > > to spur continuing exploration in this area.
                                  > >
                                  > > This event marked the transition from what was
                                  > > initially an informal gathering of like-minded
                                  > > scientists to the formal creation of the center
                                  > > by medical school Dean Philip Pizzo.
                                  > >
                                  > > "As a neurosurgeon, I can only affect a few
                                  > > patients each day," Doty said. "Through the
                                  > > activities of the center, we have the potential
                                  > > to impact thousands to millions of people to
                                  > > live fuller and more positive lives."
                                  > >
                                  > > The center has now raised more than $2 million
                                  > > in donations and has initiated a number of
                                  > > pilot studies, some involving Buddhist and
                                  > > Catholic contemplative practitioners. For example,
                                  > > brain-imaging studies have demonstrated a burst
                                  > > of activity in an area of the brain known as
                                  > > the nucleus accumbens when these practitioners
                                  > > think compassionate thoughts. The center is also
                                  > > examining individuals' response to the suffering
                                  > > of others, which can be either disgust or recognition
                                  > > of another's suffering, followed by empathy and
                                  > > a desire to take action (this is signaled by
                                  > > activation of the prefrontal cortex, the seat of
                                  > > initiation of motor movement).
                                  > >
                                  > > Questions the center wishes to address, Doty
                                  > > said, include:
                                  > >
                                  > > - Is it possible to create a set of mental
                                  > > exercises that individuals can be taught to
                                  > > make them more compassionate without them
                                  > > having to spend thousands of hours in meditation
                                  > > (common for Buddhist monks)?
                                  > >
                                  > > - Is there an explanation for why a child becomes a bully?
                                  > >
                                  > > - Are there ways in which children or their
                                  > > parents can be taught to be more compassionate?
                                  > >
                                  > > - Can we create a set of exercises that will address
                                  > > the issue of "compassion fatigue" in clergy and
                                  > > hospital personnel?
                                  > >
                                  > > - Would such training benefit prison inmates to
                                  > > decrease violence and recidivism?
                                  > >
                                  > > - Is there a place for such training in the corporate
                                  > > environment to decrease the incidence of depression
                                  > > and anxiety in workers?
                                  > >
                                  > > The center is also sponsoring a symposium, slated
                                  > > for March, that will bring together a multidisciplinary
                                  > > group of scientists from around the world. Attendees
                                  > > will include philosophers, contemplative scholars,
                                  > > psychologists, developmentalists, primatologists,
                                  > > neuroeconomists and neuroscientists working in the
                                  > > area of compassion and altruism research.
                                  > >
                                  > > Doty brings a unique perspective on altruism to
                                  > > the center. At one point, he accumulated a $75
                                  > > million fortune, part of which he committed as a
                                  > > multimillion- dollar pledge to Stanford University.
                                  > > But following the dot-com meltdown, Doty was $3
                                  > > million in debt even after liquidating essentially
                                  > > all of his assets.
                                  > >
                                  > > To honor his charitable commitments, he sold his
                                  > > only remaining asset: stock in Accuray Inc., a
                                  > > publicly traded company he had previously headed
                                  > > as CEO. This allowed Doty to fulfill pledges of
                                  > > $5.4 million to the university and another $20
                                  > > million to other charities. Part of his Stanford
                                  > > donation is being used to fund the center.
                                  > >
                                  > > The center is located at 1215 Welch Road (Module B/room 55). More
                                  > > information is available at the center's Web site at
                                  > > http://compassion. stanford. edu.
                                  > > <http://compassion. stanford. edu./>
                                  > >
                                  > > Stanford University Medical Center integrates research, medical
                                  > > education and patient care at its three institutions - Stanford
                                  > > University School of Medicine, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and
                                  > > Lucile
                                  > > Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. For more information,
                                  > > please
                                  > > visit the Web site of the medical center's Office of
                                  > > Communication &
                                  > > Public Affairs at http://mednews. stanford. edu.
                                  > > <http://mednews. stanford. edu./>
                                  > >
                                  > > Stanford University Medical Center
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                                • Sandeep
                                  ... Which includes the flesh of plants?
                                  Message 16 of 18 , Jan 26, 2009
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                                    medit8ionsociety wrote:

                                    --- In meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com, krishnan sundaram
                                    <krish_cost@ ...> wrote:
                                    >
                                    > Inscription in an Indian temple "compassion can never come to a
                                    flesh eater"









                                    Which includes the flesh of plants?

                                      
                                  • sean tremblay
                                    Well that settles it then.  some guy in some temple carved something in stone!  Done and Done! And by that line of reason the Isreali settlers have every
                                    Message 17 of 18 , Jan 26, 2009
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                                      Well that settles it then.  some guy in some temple carved something in stone!  Done and Done!
                                      And by that line of reason the Isreali settlers have every right to displace and or kill palistinians, and if the talib's want to stone people well then what is written is Right or write?

                                      --- On Mon, 1/26/09, krishnan sundaram <krish_cost@...> wrote:
                                      From: krishnan sundaram <krish_cost@...>
                                      Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                                      To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
                                      Date: Monday, January 26, 2009, 1:50 AM

                                      Inscription in an Indian temple "compassion can never come to a flesh eater"

                                      --- On Sun, 25/1/09, Bruce Morgen <editor@juno. com> wrote:
                                      From: Bruce Morgen <editor@juno. com>
                                      Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                                      To: meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com
                                      Date: Sunday, 25 January, 2009, 7:50 AM

                                      That's a pretty popular opinion
                                      on the subcontinent -- I refrain
                                      from eating flesh myself, but I
                                      also refrain from judging those
                                      do. Folks who really want to
                                      promote vegetarianism would do
                                      well to be as careful about what
                                      comes out of their mouths as
                                      they are about what goes in --
                                      guilt is a very poor motivation
                                      for lasting lifestyle change.
                                      Direct insight into the karma
                                      involved is much more effective,
                                      and sudden interjection of
                                      guilt mongering into a topic not
                                      directly related is usually
                                      counterproductive.

                                      sean tremblay wrote:
                                      > Huh?
                                      >
                                      > --- On *Sat, 1/24/09, krishnan sundaram /<krish_cost@yahoo. co.in>/* wrote:
                                      >
                                      > From: krishnan sundaram <krish_cost@yahoo. co.in>
                                      > Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At
                                      > Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                                      > To: meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com
                                      > Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009, 1:29 AM
                                      >
                                      > Compassion can never be found in a non-vegetarian.
                                      >
                                      > --- On *Sat, 24/1/09, medit8ionsociety /<no_reply@yahoogro up
                                      > s.com>/* wrote:
                                      >
                                      > From: medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogrou p s.com>
                                      > Subject: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At
                                      > Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                                      > To: meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com
                                      > Date: Saturday, 24 January, 2009, 12:29 AM
                                      >
                                      > New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's
                                      > Role In Compassion, Altruism
                                      > 23 Jan 2009
                                      >
                                      > A new Center for Compassion and Altruism
                                      > Research and Education has been launched
                                      > at the Stanford University School of Medicine,
                                      > with the aim of doing scientific research on
                                      > the neural underpinnings of these thoughts and feelings.
                                      >
                                      > His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso,
                                      > provided $150,000 in seed money for the center-the
                                      > largest sum he has ever given for a scientific
                                      > venture-and has agreed to return to Stanford for
                                      > a future visit, according to Geshe Thupten Jinpa,
                                      > a translator for the Dalai Lama.
                                      >
                                      > The center is the brainchild of Jim Doty, MD,
                                      > a clinical professor of neurosurgery who recently
                                      > returned to Stanford after a period of
                                      > entrepreneurship, and neurologist William Mobley,
                                      > MD, PhD, the John E. Cahill Family Professor in
                                      > the School of Medicine. Doty is the director of
                                      > the center, which is housed within the Stanford
                                      > Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences,
                                      >
                                      > The impetus for the center began in November 2005,
                                      > when the Dalai Lama visited Stanford for a dialogue
                                      > with scientists and Buddhist scholars that was moderated by
                                      > Mobley
                                      > and focused on spiritual and scientific
                                      > explorations of human experience in the areas
                                      > of craving, suffering and choice.
                                      >
                                      > Following the visit by the Dalai Lama and based
                                      > on his own experiences and interest in these
                                      > areas, Doty initiated informal meetings with a
                                      > number of Stanford scientists including Mobley,
                                      > who is co-director of the center; Brian Knutson,
                                      > PhD, associate professor of psychology; and Gary
                                      > Steinberg, MD, PhD, professor and chair of
                                      > neurosurgery, in an effort to spur rigorous
                                      > scientific research in mind/brain interactions
                                      > focused on compassion and altruism. He also
                                      > connected with University of Oregon neuroeconomist
                                      > Bill Harbaugh, PhD, who examines altruistic
                                      > giving using functional magnetic resonance imaging.
                                      >
                                      > In March 2008, a delegation from Stanford flew
                                      > to Seattle, where the Dalai Lama was attending a
                                      > conference related to compassion. On hearing from
                                      > the Stanford group about the goals of the planned
                                      > center and the pilot studies under way, the Dalai
                                      > Lama agreed to a return visit to Stanford and s
                                      > pontaneously volunteered the $150,000 donation
                                      > to spur continuing exploration in this area.
                                      >
                                      > This event marked the transition from what was
                                      > initially an informal gathering of like-minded
                                      > scientists to the formal creation of the center
                                      > by medical school Dean Philip Pizzo.
                                      >
                                      > "As a neurosurgeon, I can only affect a few
                                      > patients each day," Doty said. "Through the
                                      > activities of the center, we have the potential
                                      > to impact thousands to millions of people to
                                      > live fuller and more positive lives."
                                      >
                                      > The center has now raised more than $2 million
                                      > in donations and has initiated a number of
                                      > pilot studies, some involving Buddhist and
                                      > Catholic contemplative practitioners. For example,
                                      > brain-imaging studies have demonstrated a burst
                                      > of activity in an area of the brain known as
                                      > the nucleus accumbens when these practitioners
                                      > think compassionate thoughts. The center is also
                                      > examining individuals' response to the suffering
                                      > of others, which can be either disgust or recognition
                                      > of another's suffering, followed by empathy and
                                      > a desire to take action (this is signaled by
                                      > activation of the prefrontal cortex, the seat of
                                      > initiation of motor movement).
                                      >
                                      > Questions the center wishes to address, Doty
                                      > said, include:
                                      >
                                      > - Is it possible to create a set of mental
                                      > exercises that individuals can be taught to
                                      > make them more compassionate without them
                                      > having to spend thousands of hours in meditation
                                      > (common for Buddhist monks)?
                                      >
                                      > - Is there an explanation for why a child becomes a bully?
                                      >
                                      > - Are there ways in which children or their
                                      > parents can be taught to be more compassionate?
                                      >
                                      > - Can we create a set of exercises that will address
                                      > the issue of "compassion fatigue" in clergy and
                                      > hospital personnel?
                                      >
                                      > - Would such training benefit prison inmates to
                                      > decrease violence and recidivism?
                                      >
                                      > - Is there a place for such training in the corporate
                                      > environment to decrease the incidence of depression
                                      > and anxiety in workers?
                                      >
                                      > The center is also sponsoring a symposium, slated
                                      > for March, that will bring together a multidisciplinary
                                      > group of scientists from around the world. Attendees
                                      > will include philosophers, contemplative scholars,
                                      > psychologists, developmentalists, primatologists,
                                      > neuroeconomists and neuroscientists working in the
                                      > area of compassion and altruism research.
                                      >
                                      > Doty brings a unique perspective on altruism to
                                      > the center. At one point, he accumulated a $75
                                      > million fortune, part of which he committed as a
                                      > multimillion- dollar pledge to Stanford University.
                                      > But following the dot-com meltdown, Doty was $3
                                      > million in debt even after liquidating essentially
                                      > all of his assets.
                                      >
                                      > To honor his charitable commitments, he sold his
                                      > only remaining asset: stock in Accuray Inc., a
                                      > publicly traded company he had previously headed
                                      > as CEO. This allowed Doty to fulfill pledges of
                                      > $5.4 million to the university and another $20
                                      > million to other charities. Part of his Stanford
                                      > donation is being used to fund the center.
                                      >
                                      > The center is located at 1215 Welch Road (Module B/room 55). More
                                      > information is available at the center's Web site at
                                      > http://compassion. stanford. edu.
                                      > <http://compassion. stanford. edu./>
                                      >
                                      > Stanford University Medical Center integrates research, medical
                                      > education and patient care at its three institutions - Stanford
                                      > University School of Medicine, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and
                                      > Lucile
                                      > Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. For more information,
                                      > please
                                      > visit the Web site of the medical center's Office of
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                                    • sean tremblay
                                      I personaly don t care what a person eats (exept canibles and my pets, gotta draw a line somewhere) And as far as the temple goes it s just carved rock to me
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                                        I personaly don't care what a person eats (exept canibles and my pets, gotta draw a line somewhere) And as far as the temple goes it's just carved rock to me

                                        --- On Mon, 1/26/09, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
                                        From: medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com>
                                        Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                                        To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
                                        Date: Monday, January 26, 2009, 7:50 AM

                                        --- In meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com, krishnan sundaram
                                        <krish_cost@ ...> wrote:
                                        >
                                        > Inscription in an Indian temple "compassion can never come to a
                                        flesh eater"
                                        >
                                        Compassion includeds compassion towards others who
                                        eat flesh, be it for health, economic, ignorance, or whatever
                                        reason. I do realize that the inscription was probably
                                        meant to be a warning or reminder or for some well
                                        intended motivation, but its use of "...never... "
                                        seems a bit uncompassionate.
                                        Peace and blessings,
                                        Bob (45 years of being a vegitarian)
                                        > --- On Sun, 25/1/09, Bruce Morgen <editor@...> wrote:
                                        >
                                        > From: Bruce Morgen <editor@...>
                                        > Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At Stanford
                                        To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                                        > To: meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com
                                        > Date: Sunday, 25 January, 2009, 7:50 AM
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        > That's a pretty popular opinion
                                        > on the subcontinent -- I refrain
                                        > from eating flesh myself, but I
                                        > also refrain from judging those
                                        > do. Folks who really want to
                                        > promote vegetarianism would do
                                        > well to be as careful about what
                                        > comes out of their mouths as
                                        > they are about what goes in --
                                        > guilt is a very poor motivation
                                        > for lasting lifestyle change.
                                        > Direct insight into the karma
                                        > involved is much more effective,
                                        > and sudden interjection of
                                        > guilt mongering into a topic not
                                        > directly related is usually
                                        > counterproductive.
                                        >
                                        > sean tremblay wrote:
                                        > > Huh?
                                        > >
                                        > > --- On *Sat, 1/24/09, krishnan sundaram /<krish_cost@ yahoo.
                                        co.in>/* wrote:
                                        > >
                                        > > From: krishnan sundaram <krish_cost@ yahoo. co.in>
                                        > > Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At
                                        > > Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                                        > > To: meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com
                                        > > Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009, 1:29 AM
                                        > >
                                        > > Compassion can never be found in a non-vegetarian.
                                        > >
                                        > > --- On *Sat, 24/1/09, medit8ionsociety /<no_reply@yahoogro up
                                        > > s.com>/* wrote:
                                        > >
                                        > > From: medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogrou p s.com>
                                        > > Subject: [Meditation Society of America] New Center At
                                        > > Stanford To Study Brain's Role In Compassion, Altruism
                                        > > To: meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com
                                        > > Date: Saturday, 24 January, 2009, 12:29 AM
                                        > >
                                        > > New Center At Stanford To Study Brain's
                                        > > Role In Compassion, Altruism
                                        > > 23 Jan 2009
                                        > >
                                        > > A new Center for Compassion and Altruism
                                        > > Research and Education has been launched
                                        > > at the Stanford University School of Medicine,
                                        > > with the aim of doing scientific research on
                                        > > the neural underpinnings of these thoughts and feelings.
                                        > >
                                        > > His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso,
                                        > > provided $150,000 in seed money for the center-the
                                        > > largest sum he has ever given for a scientific
                                        > > venture-and has agreed to return to Stanford for
                                        > > a future visit, according to Geshe Thupten Jinpa,
                                        > > a translator for the Dalai Lama.
                                        > >
                                        > > The center is the brainchild of Jim Doty, MD,
                                        > > a clinical professor of neurosurgery who recently
                                        > > returned to Stanford after a period of
                                        > > entrepreneurship, and neurologist William Mobley,
                                        > > MD, PhD, the John E. Cahill Family Professor in
                                        > > the School of Medicine. Doty is the director of
                                        > > the center, which is housed within the Stanford
                                        > > Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences,
                                        > >
                                        > > The impetus for the center began in November 2005,
                                        > > when the Dalai Lama visited Stanford for a dialogue
                                        > > with scientists and Buddhist scholars that was moderated by
                                        > > Mobley
                                        > > and focused on spiritual and scientific
                                        > > explorations of human experience in the areas
                                        > > of craving, suffering and choice.
                                        > >
                                        > > Following the visit by the Dalai Lama and based
                                        > > on his own experiences and interest in these
                                        > > areas, Doty initiated informal meetings with a
                                        > > number of Stanford scientists including Mobley,
                                        > > who is co-director of the center; Brian Knutson,
                                        > > PhD, associate professor of psychology; and Gary
                                        > > Steinberg, MD, PhD, professor and chair of
                                        > > neurosurgery, in an effort to spur rigorous
                                        > > scientific research in mind/brain interactions
                                        > > focused on compassion and altruism. He also
                                        > > connected with University of Oregon neuroeconomist
                                        > > Bill Harbaugh, PhD, who examines altruistic
                                        > > giving using functional magnetic resonance imaging.
                                        > >
                                        > > In March 2008, a delegation from Stanford flew
                                        > > to Seattle, where the Dalai Lama was attending a
                                        > > conference related to compassion. On hearing from
                                        > > the Stanford group about the goals of the planned
                                        > > center and the pilot studies under way, the Dalai
                                        > > Lama agreed to a return visit to Stanford and s
                                        > > pontaneously volunteered the $150,000 donation
                                        > > to spur continuing exploration in this area.
                                        > >
                                        > > This event marked the transition from what was
                                        > > initially an informal gathering of like-minded
                                        > > scientists to the formal creation of the center
                                        > > by medical school Dean Philip Pizzo.
                                        > >
                                        > > "As a neurosurgeon, I can only affect a few
                                        > > patients each day," Doty said. "Through the
                                        > > activities of the center, we have the potential
                                        > > to impact thousands to millions of people to
                                        > > live fuller and more positive lives."
                                        > >
                                        > > The center has now raised more than $2 million
                                        > > in donations and has initiated a number of
                                        > > pilot studies, some involving Buddhist and
                                        > > Catholic contemplative practitioners. For example,
                                        > > brain-imaging studies have demonstrated a burst
                                        > > of activity in an area of the brain known as
                                        > > the nucleus accumbens when these practitioners
                                        > > think compassionate thoughts. The center is also
                                        > > examining individuals' response to the suffering
                                        > > of others, which can be either disgust or recognition
                                        > > of another's suffering, followed by empathy and
                                        > > a desire to take action (this is signaled by
                                        > > activation of the prefrontal cortex, the seat of
                                        > > initiation of motor movement).
                                        > >
                                        > > Questions the center wishes to address, Doty
                                        > > said, include:
                                        > >
                                        > > - Is it possible to create a set of mental
                                        > > exercises that individuals can be taught to
                                        > > make them more compassionate without them
                                        > > having to spend thousands of hours in meditation
                                        > > (common for Buddhist monks)?
                                        > >
                                        > > - Is there an explanation for why a child becomes a bully?
                                        > >
                                        > > - Are there ways in which children or their
                                        > > parents can be taught to be more compassionate?
                                        > >
                                        > > - Can we create a set of exercises that will address
                                        > > the issue of "compassion fatigue" in clergy and
                                        > > hospital personnel?
                                        > >
                                        > > - Would such training benefit prison inmates to
                                        > > decrease violence and recidivism?
                                        > >
                                        > > - Is there a place for such training in the corporate
                                        > > environment to decrease the incidence of depression
                                        > > and anxiety in workers?
                                        > >
                                        > > The center is also sponsoring a symposium, slated
                                        > > for March, that will bring together a multidisciplinary
                                        > > group of scientists from around the world. Attendees
                                        > > will include philosophers, contemplative scholars,
                                        > > psychologists, developmentalists, primatologists,
                                        > > neuroeconomists and neuroscientists working in the
                                        > > area of compassion and altruism research.
                                        > >
                                        > > Doty brings a unique perspective on altruism to
                                        > > the center. At one point, he accumulated a $75
                                        > > million fortune, part of which he committed as a
                                        > > multimillion- dollar pledge to Stanford University.
                                        > > But following the dot-com meltdown, Doty was $3
                                        > > million in debt even after liquidating essentially
                                        > > all of his assets.
                                        > >
                                        > > To honor his charitable commitments, he sold his
                                        > > only remaining asset: stock in Accuray Inc., a
                                        > > publicly traded company he had previously headed
                                        > > as CEO. This allowed Doty to fulfill pledges of
                                        > > $5.4 million to the university and another $20
                                        > > million to other charities. Part of his Stanford
                                        > > donation is being used to fund the center.
                                        > >
                                        > > The center is located at 1215 Welch Road (Module B/room 55). More
                                        > > information is available at the center's Web site at
                                        > > http://compassion. stanford. edu.
                                        > > <http://compassion. stanford. edu./>
                                        > >
                                        > > Stanford University Medical Center integrates research, medical
                                        > > education and patient care at its three institutions - Stanford
                                        > > University School of Medicine, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and
                                        > > Lucile
                                        > > Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. For more information,
                                        > > please
                                        > > visit the Web site of the medical center's Office of
                                        > > Communication &
                                        > > Public Affairs at http://mednews. stanford. edu.
                                        > > <http://mednews. stanford. edu./>
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