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Free Stanford Compassion Class

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Elizabeth Pyjov, Stanford Center for Compassion 
Science, Lecture, Meditation, Discussion 
Tibet House US gallery, NYC 
Monday, May 19, 2014 At 07:00 PM  
This is a one-time free class that introduces compassion meditation, the science of compassion, and the recent work of the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. 

About the Event

This is a free introduction to the eight-week Stanford Compassion Cultivation program is a secular compassion education and meditation class that has been offered at and developed by Stanford Medical School. It combines compassion meditation with scientific research, informal practices, class discussions, and in-class exercises to introduce a compassionate perspective that fosters happiness and strengthens resilience to suffering. Studies suggest that compassion is trainable. Research has shown that this compassion course increases compassion and self-compassion, decreases overwhelm, stress, and anxiety, and increases mental and physical health, feelings of connection, and overall wellbeing. The class was developed by neuroscientists and contemplative scholars at Stanford headed by Thupten Jinpa, PhD, scholar and personal translator of HH Dalai Lama. It has been very successful at providing support for Stanford students and has also been adopted at Kaiser, UC San Diego, and Google. This will be the first time the course is taught in New York City.

The free orientation session is Monday, May 19 from 7-9 pm at Tibet House.


About the Presenter

Elizabeth Pyjov, a Harvard graduate, has recently finished studying the neuroscience, philosophy and pedagogy of compassion at Stanford Medical School's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, founded and funded in part by HH the Dalai Lama. In the fall of 2013, Ms. Pyjov taught Stanford's Compassion Cultivation Training at the Stanford Bechtel Center, with life-changing results. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Stanford Medical School's Compassion Journal. She looks forward to bringing this valuable program, designed by Thupten Jinpa and Stanford neuroscientists, to New York City. You can email her with any questions at elpyjov@stanford.edu.

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