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Compassion in action

Dear Editor:

One of the highlights of the Dalai Lama’s visit was learning about Project Compassion.

Stanford University is working with the Dalai Lama to study appropriate tools to increase compassion and altruism in individuals. These studies will include the role of contemplative activities such as meditation.

“We want to explore the neurologic bases of why individuals act compassionately and altruistically, and conversely why they do not,” said the director, Dr. James Doty.

At a time when there is so much hostility and aggression around the world, it is wonderful to know that these two great organizations, Stanford University and the Dalai Lama, have come together to study this relationship and work out ways to promote compassion.

As a teacher of Tai Chi and Qigong, I know the value of contemplative activities on children of all ages as well as adults. I see it every day in the classroom. Now we will have scientific proof. If you want to learn more, go to

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