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Altruism as a Source of Inner Strength

with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Richard J. Davidson, PhD and Tania Singer, PhD

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What you'll learn

  • Consider the joy of friendship and watch as His Holiness the Dalai Lama powerfully reflects on his relationship with Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu
  • Hear the Dalai lama’s recommendations for facing difficulties in life and reframing them as opportunities to develop compassion
  • Learn from neuroscientists, Richie Davidson and Tania Singer, about new insights into the benefits of social connection for our well-being and resilience

About the speakers

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, spiritual leader of the Tibetan people; Author, The Art of Happiness and The Universe in a Single Atom.

Richard J. Davidson, PhD

Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is a William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Founder & Director of the Center for Healthy Minds at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Founder and Chief Visionary for Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc. Davidson received his PhD from Harvard University in Psychology in 1976. Davidson’s research is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing including meditation and related contemplative practices. He is the author of The Emotional Life of Your Brain (with contributions from Sharon Begley), and co-author, with Daniel Goleman, of Altered Traits. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2006. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2017 and appointed to the Governing Board of UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) in 2018. 

Tania Singer, PhD

Tania Singer, PhD, is a professor of social neuroscience and psychology, and heads the Max Planck Society’s Social Neuroscience Lab, Berlin. She is a world expert on compassion, empathy and its training, and has a passion for creating bridges between fields that typically never interact. She has initiated and headed one of the largest meditation-based secular mental training studies on compassion, the ReSource project. Linking such findings to the field of (neuro)economics, she developed a Caring Economics approach. She is also heading the CovSocial project, a large-scale mental health study on stress, resilience, and social cohesion during the corona crisis.

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  • Listening to his holiness Dalai Lama is really heart lifting. Altruism and compassion give us genuine joy and satisfaction…another proof that we are not meant to be individualistic but collabirative…”we have to live together”. Thank you your holiness for your words of wisdom. Thank you too Dr. Richard and Dr. Tania, I never thought studies you did and you do were conducted and being conducted…humanity is going back to the basics…understanding the nature of man…this time listening to all of you was worth it. Thank you very much!

  • Even on screen the Dalai Lama’s physical presence exudes the very concepts he is explaining. He IS what he teaches, and it’s palpable. That is the call!

  • As always listening to your wisdom has been so illuminating! I truly appreciate your guidance and presence in my life!

  • Thank you for sharing discourse of his holiness,I am also learning how to increase compassion in myself and this teaching tells me how to deal with world with compassion.when most of the people in world will follow this teaching world peace will be there and no war Wil be there.

  • It’s a heart voice which u say my dear I am very happy but I want your prayers and guidance.we live and preaching in my village.

  • The same quote has been with me for years too. “no matter what, never give up…”

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