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Why the Dalai Lama comes to Stanford

The Dalai Lama is no stranger to Stanford. A few weeks ago, he paid his 3rd visit to Stanford University and his visit raised the profile of the Stanford School of Medicine's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), one of many interdisciplinary hubs on campus.

CCARE is unique not only because the Dalai Lama made a significant private contribution towards its founding, but also because the Center encourages a team of neuroeconomists, neuroscientists, physicians, psychologists, religious scholars and many others to undertake a rigorous scientific study of the neural, mental, and social bases of compassion and altruistic behaviors.

Is it better to give or to receive? A neuroeconomic Research is one of several major research projects "aimed at understanding the neural underpinnings of, and the brain mechanisms that are associated with, the experience of compassion and other associated mental states."

According to Philip Pizzo, dean of the Stanford School of Medicine, "This is a unique focus that can only be approached in an institution with a broad and deep commitment to interdisciplinary research and education."

Yep, that's Stanford!