"Change Your Mind, Change the World" Conference

University of Wisconsin-Madison

(Article exerpts from JSOnline/Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel)


Madison - Ethics education that stresses altruism and compassion, taught from an early age, is one key to addressing the world's greatest problems, from environmental degradation to the nuclear arms race, the 14th Dalai Lama told a sold-out crowd at Madison's Overture Center for the Arts on Wednesday.

And while those problems require a global, holistic approach, he said, each person in the 2,000-plus seat auditorium must play a role in solving them.

"The whole world is facing some kind of moral crisis . . . and we have to think in a more holistic way," said the exiled Tibetan leader, who encouraged those in attendance to share what they learned with 10 others, who would tell 10 more, and on and on.

"From the individual comes a peaceful family and a peaceful society," he said. "Building a peaceful society is all of our responsibility."

The Dalai Lama spoke as part of a daylong conference sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and Global Health Institute.

"Change Your Mind, Change the World" brought together experts in many fields, including health care, neuroscience and economics, to discuss how they can work together to improve health and well-being around the world.

It was the Dalai Lama's ninth visit to Madison. And his message of education, compassion and personal responsibility appeared to resonate with the audience, which greeted him and sent him off with a standing ovation. (Editors note: See Harry Palmers video "Personal Responsibility, Compassion and Service to others" Here.)

World Experts On Compassion, Altruism & Service Come Together Telluride

From July 19-22 in Telluride, Colorado, the Stanford University Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) presents The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures and Interventions, the first large-scale international conference of its kind dedicated to study of compassion. The Telluride CCARE event will provide an unprecedented gathering of leading experts in research on compassion, altruism, social connection and service to discuss their latest findings. The conference will explore the origins of compassion and compassionate action, how it can be measured, and how we can foster it through interventions.

The conference is open to researchers and the general public. Among the presenters are key figures in Psychology such as Dr. Phil Zimbardo and keynote speakers Dr. Richard Davidson, pioneering researcher on meditation and brain function, and Dr. Paul Ekman, groundbreaking emotion researcher. Other invited speakers include such distinguished scholars as Thupten Jinpa Langri (His Holiness the Dalai Lama's long-time translator).

"While compassion is a fundamental part of every religious tradition, there is an ever enlarging body of scientific evidence that being compassionate has immense positive impact on the individual both in regard to their mental and physical health. This first-of-its-kind conference will highlight these scientific findings and provide a forum for researchers from around the world to collaborate with colleagues from a variety of disciplines. We at CCARE are very excited to sponsor the conference and contribute to this expanding field." says Dr. James Doty, director of CCARE.

Event co-sponsors include the Telluride Institute, the University of California-Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, the University of Wisconsin's Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, and the Swedish Association for Contemplation in Education and Research.



Compassion, the secret to better businesses

Microsoft helps young innovators look to a better future
Article | May 4, 2012 - 10:36am | By Andy Carling

During an interview a question ask of Akhtar Badshah / Senior Director of global community affairs at Microsoft answers a question.

What are you saying to young business innovators?

"There are four words. Failure, is the first, the second is that you have to be unreasonable, but with a purpose, it can help overcome failure, third, you have to be a learner, and the last is compassion. Compassion brings about the change in society that we need. They need to think about what they’re going to create that will not only help themselves succeed but help others too."

The Compassion Card offers a quick step to success!

Compassion Project Update

We're pleased to announce that we have printed 3,039,080 Compassion Cards and they are now available in 26 languages. The Compassion Project was launched in October of 2009 with a goal of distributing 1 million cards in the next year. We met that goal in a few months and kept going.

The cards carry the Compassion Exercise which is a simple yet profound way for people to create more compassion in their lives. By giving Compassion Cards to strangers, people are creating connection while working to improve the world.

Celebrate this milestone, order Compassion Cards, watch the launch video, and send an e-card to a friend - TheAvatarCourse.com/compassion

The Compassion Project Team is taking action to increase compassion in our leaders worldwide. Imagine leaders in every part of the world connecting their heads with their hearts and making decisions with compassion. That's the mission of The Compassion Project Team - a voluntary civic organization dedicated to quickly creating more compassionate leaders worldwide.

The Compassion Project Team is not associated with any religion or non-profit. Supported by donations from people around the world and Star's Edge International the team has delivered more than 267,000 Compassion Cards to the hands of top leaders around the world.

Join our team, donate time and funds, spread the word!

According to a recent story in the Otago Daily Times, Facebook recently invited to its campus in Palo Alto, California, experts to share the science behind compassion and altruism.

Researchers from a Stanford University compassion institute and the University of California-Berkeley's Greater Good Science Centre said humans were hard-wired for compassionate behaviour and got physiological boosts from feel-good neurotransmitters such as oxytocin and dopamine when they deployed their better nature.

In the audience, engineers listened intently to ideas about humanising social interactions. Facebook's interest in a scientific approach meant "a huge opportunity" to enhance social and emotional skills on a mass scale, which was especially needed among younger users, one expert at the event said.

After the talks, the company improved its "social reporting" tool to convey emotion, which helped connect people. "They feel more empowered and the friend becomes more mindful," he said. "Everyone learns from this." It was the science behind the benefits of good behaviour that caught the attention of Arturo Bejar, director of engineering at Facebook. 

The Compassion Project Team has a package of Compassion Exercise cards headed his way!

Perhaps recognizing the power of compassion will help those with power to recognize compassion!

Compassion should drive military's rescue role.

Excerpt from an article by ALEXIA HUXLEY in the Canberra Times.

"A new report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, More than good deeds, suggests a new vision for the military's role in disaster relief. Rather than simply supporting a civilian aid effort where it's needed and with a focus on saving lives, the institute's report suggests that military disaster relief should be seen as 'part of a smart power approach to foreign policy'. The report says Australia, the United States and Japan should embrace their defence forces' involvement in disaster relief as a tool for building strategic alliances, demonstrating military might and advancing foreign policy and security interests in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond."

Perhaps recognizing the power of compassion, one of the results of the Compassion Exercise Card, will help those with power to recognize and value compassion!

Good News! All around the world people are discovering The Compassion Project Team and starting projects. Over 9000 cards were delivered this October so far. 3500 were handed out at various events in Orlando, Florida and around the world. Thank you letters from leaders keep pouring in full of appreciation for the Compassion Exercise Cards they receive. Volunteers share with letters of gratitude how wonderful it feels to be involved and beyond the time already donated, they donate money towards the next project. Compassion is our gift to the world!

"Compassion and consideration, even when they do not seem to have an effect on the other, release calming and healing forces in your own body."

From Harry Palmer in "The Avatar Masters Handbook."


"The essence of compassion is open, vast and all embracing. ... Generating compassion for others progressively sharpens our intelligence, opens our minds and widens our vistas."

-- From Teacher Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche in "Living Fully, Finding Joy in Every Breath"


A_gift_to_the_worldA message from a member

I love this!! Well done. So good to feel that energy breathing out into the world, helping guide our leaders towards connection and compassion. So beautiful!

Callie Thompson- USA

A message from a Speaker in Parliament

 Thank you so much for the sending of this wonderfull Compassion Card! This surprising present has given me great joy. I wish you all the best. Cordially Greetings,

Dr. L. J.


From a citizen appreciating compassion.

Recently, a friend of mine’s husband had to have surgery and both of his legs were amputated. He and his wife lost their home to Hurricane Katrina. They are now living in an elevated Katrina cottage.

When I was told about the surgery, I called Rep. Hank Zuber and he started making calls to seek some assistance for them. They needed a lift installed before he was discharged from the hospital.

I also called Mayor Connie Moran to see if there was something that could be done to help make their home handicap accessible. She also made calls to see what could be done.

To say that these two public officials were a blessing is putting it mildly.In several weeks the lift was installed. My friend’s husband is home and very happy. Both are thankful.

Thank you, Mr. Zuber and Mayor Moran for a job well done. Both of you said that you were only doing your job, but I feel taxpayers need to be aware of what compassionate officials we have working for us.

"Without trying to live by some impossible standard, we simply intend to move in the direction of compassion and sanity. We are not faultless, but we know how to pick ourselves up and keep going." Harry’s Palmer- an excerpt from his new book " The Avatar Path- The Way We Came"

July, 2011- Earth's Compassion Team continues to review letters of appreciation from world leaders receiving Compassion Exercise cards. The latest batch came form the United Kingdom thanking us for the gift, acknowledging it is a great idea and promising to share what they have received! The teams efforts and donations are making a difference in the world!


This short talk on YouTube by the Dalai Lama at Stanford University emphasizes the need for dialogue in resolving conflict, and the need for compassion that extends beyond creeds and beliefs.


To experience an intellectual discussion regarding compassion click on this movie on YouTube called "Compassion, Science and Society. Scientific explorations of Compassion and Altruism." The Role of Compassion in education and wider societal context is discussed by neuroscientists at Stanford University. The Dalai Lama was in attendance also on October 15, 2010 - This session focuses on the place of compassion, both in individuals" lives and in larger societal contexts, such as understanding across peoples and cultures as well as the future course of education." It examines how compassion and altruism can be brought into social and educational systems and what the benefits might be.


“The thing we have to solve is how to make care and compassion more valuable than self-importance and impermanent things. The ultimate solution is broadly awakening the enlightened mind of spiritual consciousness. We need another miracle moment in which everyone realizes that we're in this all together, and that the earth is the only spaceship that we get. Star's Edge has laid the foundation. Future generations need to direct their greatest efforts toward coming together; the world needs less superpowers and more friendly tribes.

You can play a major role in this transformation. The solution that we've been looking for is more alignment and cooperation, more attention on service to others. We need to become citizens for the planet. Have you ever felt the warmth of the morning sun on your face? That's what the broadcast from infinite being feels like, it inspires goodness, and love, and compassion. And it brings tears to the eyes, and compassion to the heart. Let's increase the amount of compassion on the planet...”

– from a talk by Harry Palmer

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

“Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.”
- Hubert H. Humphrey

“Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.”
- Confucius

"Compassion is so powerful that it is considered by all major religions as
among the greatest virtues that you can practice. The Dalai Lama has
said, 'If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to
be happy, practice compassion.'
It starts with a feeling of friendliness toward your self (self-acceptance) and
then it grows into a feeling of friendliness toward others. You don’t have
to find someone who is suffering to be compassionate. It just begins as an
openness, a giving, a non-judging, a no demand, trusting, offer of friendship.
Compassion sleeps in everyone’s heart, and sometimes you have to do
something to awaken it."
Harry’s Palmer- an excerpt from his  "Path to Compassion" Talk"