How does compassion benefit the individual? Humanity? How can developing compassion improve one’s health, or help build the resilience of those who care for others? These questions and more are being addressed by our team of researchers and their colleagues across the nation. Through the investigation of contemplative methods including Cognitively Based Compassion Training (CBCT),  we’re learning more about how these ancient practices, adapted for modern times, are playing a positive role in health, well-being, and fostering cooperative and supportive environments.

Watch the Center for Compassion Studies founding Director, Charles Raison, MD describe the need for cultivating compassion 


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