SCIENCE of COMPASSION

THE

SCIENCE OF COMPASSION
SUMMER RESEARCH INSTITUTE
July 20-25, 2013 | Telluride, Colorado

CONTENTS
welcome letter schedule conference faculty senior investigators research fellows map thank you from our sponsors 3 4 10 16 20 30 31

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w e l c o m e

James R. Doty, MD

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event schedule
s a t u r d a y,
JULY 20

time
*According to participant arrival time

event
DINNER & REST Boxed dinners provided at hotels & Erdman Resisdence

session location
ALL SESSIONS WILL BE HELD IN THE PROGRAM ROOM OF THE

WILKINSON PUBLIC LIBRARY

100 W. PACIFIC AVENUE TELLURIDE, CO

lodging
THE ERDMAN RESIDENCE
88 SUNSET CIRCLE* TELLURIDE SKI RANCHES TELLURIDE, CO 81435
*Sunset Circle is the first right off of Fox Farm Rd, about 0.2mi off Hwy 145 in the Ski Ranches. 88 Sunset Circle is the 2nd driveway immediately on the left as you turn off Fox Farm Rd onto Sunset.

ASPEN STREET INN
330 W. PACIFIC AVE TELLURIDE, CO 81435

MANITOU LODGE

333 SOUTH FIR STREET TELLURIDE, CO 81435

telluride gondola
For participants staying at the Erdman Residence, a shuttle will drive you to and from the Gondola, from which you can enjoy majestic views on your way to and from town.

7am - midnight

Since its opening in November 1996, the Telluride/Mountain Village gondola has served as a one-of-a-kind transportation system. The gondola provides FREE transportation between the towns of Telluride and Mountain Village and it serves both as a lift for skiers and snowboarders, but also as transportation for local and visitor pedestrians. This scenic ride takes 15 minutes and can take you from Telluride to Mountain Village or vice-versa. 4

event schedule
s u n d a y,
JULY 21

time
8:30am 9:00am

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INTRODUCTION TO THE AGENDA & LOGISTICS
James Doty, MD CCARE, Stanford University Emma Seppala, PhD CCARE, Stanford University

MORNING SESSION 1: Conceptual Background Overview & Definitions
Stephanie Brown, PhD Stony Brook University Daryl Cameron, PhD University of Iowa James Doty, MD CCARE, Stanford University Clifford Saron, PhD University of California - Davis Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD The Greater Good Science Center, University of California - Berkeley

10:15am 10:30am

BREAK MORNING SESSION 2: Compassion Cultivation Overview: CCT, CBCT, CFT, Self-Compassion
Timothy Harrison Emory University Yotam Heineberg, PsyD Palo Alto University

Margaret Cullen, MFT CCARE, Stanford University Brooke Dodson-Lavelle Emory University

11:45am 12:00pm 1:00pm

Guided Meditation LUNCH AFTERNOON SESSION 1: Neuroscience & Cognitive Perspectives on Compassion

Stephanie Brown, PhD Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD Stony Brook University The Greater Good Science Center, University of California - Berkeley Gaelle Desbordes, PhD Athinoula A. Martinos Center, Harvard Medical School Clifford Saron, PhD University of California - Davis

2:15pm 2:30pm

BREAK AFTERNOON SESSION 2: Compassion Cultivation Training
Timothy Harrison, Emory University Yotam Heineberg, PsyD Palo Alto University

Margaret Cullen, MFT CCARE, Stanford University Brooke Dodson-Lavelle Emory University

3:45pm 4:45pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 9:00pm

Walk/hike with discussion about compassion research RESEARCHING COMPASSION: DINNER PROJECT DESIGN TIME DEPART 5 Presentations & Breakouts

event schedule
m o n d a y,
JULY 22

time
8:30am 9:00am

event
Compassion Practice MORNING SESSION 1: Measuring Compassion
Clifford Saron, PhD Stephanie Brown, PhD University of California - Davis Stony Brook University Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD Daryl Cameron, PhD The Greater Good Science Center, University of California - Berkeley University of Iowa Gaelle Desbordes, PhD Athinoula A. Martinos Center, Harvard Medical School

10:15am 10:30am

BREAK MORNING SESSION 2: Social, Clinical, Health & Developmental Perspectives on Compassion
Stephanie Brown, PhD Stony Brook University Daryl Cameron, PhD University of Iowa Yotam Heineberg, PsyD Palo Alto University Emma Seppala, PhD CCARE, Stanford University

11:45am 12:00pm 1:00pm

Guided Meditation LUNCH AFTERNOON SESSION 1: Compassion Interventions
Stephanie Brown, PhD Stony Brook University Gaelle Desbordes, PhD Athinoula A. Martinos Center, Harvard Medical School Clifford Saron, PhD University of California - Davis

2:15pm 2:30pm 3:45pm 4:45pm 5:45pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 9:00pm

BREAK

AFTERNOON SESSION 2: Participant Breakouts Walk/hike with discussion about compassion research PROJECT DESIGN TIME Compassion Practice DINNER FILM DEPART 6

event schedule
t u e s d a y,
JULY 23

time
8:30am 9:00am

event
Compassion Practice MORNING SESSION 1: Funding & Successful Grant-Writing for Compassion Research
Stephanie Brown, PhD Stony Brook University Brooke Dodson-Lavelle Emory University Clifford Saron, PhD University of California - Davis

10:15am 10:30am

BREAK MORNING SESSION 2: Guest Lectures
Allison Kelly, University of Waterloo Loving Oneself While Hating One’s Body Alexa Tullett, University of Alabama Empathy and Lay Theories of Happiness Koncha Pinos-Pey, Estudios Contemplativos Mindfulness Multiple Intelligences & Compassion in Children & Institutions Meg Lyons & Najib Jutt, Charter for Compassion Charter for Compassion Update

11:45am 12:00pm 1:00pm

Guided Meditation LUNCH AFTERNOON SESSION 1: The Future of Compassion Research
Clifford Saron, PhD Stephanie Brown, PhD University of California - Davis Stony Brook University Emma Seppala, PhD Daryl Cameron, PhD CCARE, Stanford University University of Iowa Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD James Doty, MD The Greater Good Science Center, University of California - Berkeley CCARE, Stanford University Gaelle Desbordes, PhD Athinoula A. Martinos Center, Harvard Medical School

2:15pm 3:45pm 4:45pm 5:45pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 9:00pm

PROJECT DESIGN TIME & FACULTY OFFICE HOURS Walk/hike with discussion about compassion research PROJECT DESIGN TIME Compassion Practice DINNER PROJECT DESIGN TIME DEPART

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event schedule
w e d n e s d a y,
JULY 24

time
8:30am 9:00am 11:45am 12:00pm 1:00pm 3:45pm 4:45pm 5:30pm

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Compassion Practice PRESENTATIONS BY PARTICIPANTS Guided Meditation LUNCH PRESENTATIONS BY PARTICIPANTS Walk/hike with discussion about research ideas Compassion Practice REFLECTIONS & CLOSING REMARKS
James Doty, MD CCARE, Stanford University

6:00pm 8:00pm

Shuttles leave for Mesa DINNER & CELEBRATION on the Mesa

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event schedule
t h u r s d a y,
JULY 25

time

event
DEPARTURE DAY

about the erdman residence
Many of our research fellows are staying at the grand Erdman residence. The Erdman residence was one of the earlier compounds of the post mining era having been built in the late 1970s by Jerry Wexler of Chicago real-estate fame and Susan Hannah. The residence included a pool house, a tennis court with a bubble, the Rocket Ranch (the caretakers’ house), and the Big House, built for parties. After Jerry’s death in the early 1990s, it was divided up and sold off separately. It is rumored that the Yamaha grand piano was played by Jackson Browne, along with Sting and others of the time who enjoyed the entertainment and hospitality of the residence.

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faculty

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
- Mother Theresa

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faculty

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faculty

“No act of kindness, however how small, is ever wasted.”
-Aesop

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faculty

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faculty

“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other - not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”
-Nelson Mandela

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faculty

“A human being is part of a whole called by us universe, a part limited in tie and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restriting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
- Albert Einstein

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senior investigators

“I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics.”
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- Albert Schweitzer

senior investigators

“We are each made for goodness, love and compassion. Our lives are transformed as much as the world is when we live with these truths.”
-Desmond Tutu

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senior investigators

“The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter.”
-Norman Cousins

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senior investigators

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research fellows

“Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human sparkof spirit, compassion, love, and understanding.”
- Louis Gerstner

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research fellows

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research fellows

“We are each made for goodness, love and compassion. Our lives are transformed as much as the world is when we live with these truths.”
-Desmond Tutu

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research fellows

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.”
- Thomas Merton

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research fellows

“Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.”
- Mason Cooley

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research fellows

“I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.”
- Mother Teresa

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research fellows

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”
-Dalai Lama XIV

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research fellows

“It is my intention to live an authentic life of compassion and integrity and action.”
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-Zachary Quinto

research fellows

“It is my intention to live an authentic life of compassion and integrity and action.”
-Zachary Quinto

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research fellows

SRI associate

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
-Dalai Llama XIV

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conference map

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thank you to our sponsors ERDMAN ENERGIES
Erdman Energy encourages practical, achievable methods for reducing mankind's carbon footprint. From biofuels (Virent Energy) to photovoltaics & solar thermal production and storage to heliostats and electric vehicles, the goal is to demonstrate how to use and produce energy with more compassion for the earth and all its inhabitants.

TELLURIDE INSTITUTE

The Telluride Institute is an innovative non-profit organization that fosters the transition to a sustainable world. We do this by working with commuities, businesses, and the public sector to create and advance real solutions which support the health of environments, cultures, and economies. We collaborate with leading artists, scientists, and educators to map a progressive future. Since its founding 26 years ago, the Telluride Institute has raised some $4 million towards its charitable goals, millions more in volunteer time, and has played a significant role in giving Telluride some serious cultural and educational identity during the period when the shape of the maturing resort was in flux.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

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