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Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, The Tenzin Gyatso Institute and The Charter for Compassion partner to host San Francisco Compassion Week

Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), the Tenzin Gyatso Institute, Inc. (TGI) and The Charter for Compassion will host “Compassion Week” in San Francisco from November 10 – 16, 2014 with lead sponsorship from Dignity Health.  This will include the 2nd Science of Compassion conference, the inaugural conference on Compassion & Healthcare, the 3rd Empathy and Compassion in Society conference, and The Charter for Compassion Day at the historic Fort Mason Center. During the weekend a “Living Compassionately” retreat will be held on the Stanford University campus.

Science of Compassion 2014, November 10-11, 2014

CCARE is excited to offer its second Science of Compassion academic conference, a gathering of leading experts in research on compassion, altruism, empathy, social connection and service to discuss their latest scientific findings. The conference will explore the origins of compassion and compassionate action, how it can be measured, and how it can be fostered through interventions.

Compassion & Healthcare Conference, November 12, 2014

With support from Dignity Health, the 5th largest healthcare provider in the U.S., CCARE is proud to present the inaugural Compassion and Healthcare Conference. The conference’s purpose is to support a dialogue around research and innovative practices on compassion and healthcare by leading research experts in the field and healthcare leaders who have successfully implemented and fostered compassionate action in healthcare systems including hospitals, hospices and clinics.

Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference, November 13 – 14, 2014

The theme for the 3rd Empathy and Compassion in Society conference is ‘Compassion at Work.’

During this 3rd Empathy and Compassion in Society conference, world-renowned experts and leaders from neuroscience, education, psychology, technology, health care and the arts will present the latest research and practical tools for cultivating empathic organizations, teams, and societies. This event offers the latest research on compassion, tools to cultivate compassion and empathy, and case studies that show why these methods can help anyone, in any situation or organization.

CEUs will be offered.

The Charter for Compassion Day, November 15, 2014

This is an all-day conference dedicated to the work of the Charter. Highlights will include new approaches to organizing and sustaining city initiatives, the unveiling of a new community building toolbox for city and partners, and keynote speakers focusing on compassion related to the Charters’ sectors (including business, peace, the arts, education and more).

Living Compassionately Retreat, November 15 – 16, 2014

Lastly, this two-day retreat will allow attendees to learn tools and techniques to cultivate compassion and empathy. The first day will be led by Paul Gilbert, Ph.D., a renowned compassion researcher, clinician and the founder of the Compassionate Mind Foundation. Dr. Gilbert developed Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). The second day will be led by Monica Hanson, CCARE Senior Instructor of the Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Program. She brings years of experience in teaching meditation and has taught compassion to thousands of participants. She has actively participated in developing and training new instructors for the Stanford CCT Program. The retreat will mark the end of the 2014 San Francisco Compassion Week.

For further details and registration, visit or the event pages for the Science of Compassion 2014,  Compassion & Healthcare Conference, the Empathy and Compassion in Society 2014, Charter for Compassion Day, and the Living Compassionately Retreat.

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