A review by David Barash on altruism

Published on June 12, 2015 In Press Reviews

Mr. Barash is an evolutionary biologist and professor of psychology at the University of Washington. His most recent book is “Buddhist Biology: Ancient Eastern Wisdom Meets Modern Western Science.” The word “altruism” was coined by Auguste Comte, the 19th-century social philosopher and early founder of sociology. It derives, in turn, from the...

Brief chronological compendium of spiritual masters and great scholars of Tibetan Buddhism

Published on November 28, 2014 In Articles about Buddhism

This document contains the dates of slightly more than 1,300 spiritual masters and great scholars of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as a few dates of the Indian master and thinkers from other nations. I’ve assembled these historical data from my lectures for the sole purpose of compiling an easily accessible chronological compendium. This compilatio...

Project Syndicate « The Path to Altruism »

Published on January 03, 2014 In Press Reviews

SHECHEN, NEPAL — ‟Cooperation,” the Harvard University biologist Martin Nowak has written, is ‟the architect of creativity throughout evolution, from cells to multicellular creatures to anthills to villages to cities.” As mankind now tries to solve new, global challenges, we must also find new ways to cooperate. The basis for this cooperation m...

Differential pattern of functional brain plasticity after compassion and empathy training

Published on June 04, 2013 In Articles about Science

Although empathy is crucial for successful social interactions, excessive sharing of others' negative emotions may be maladaptive and constitute a source of burnout. To investigate functional neural plasticity underlying the augmentation of empathy and to test the counteracting potential of compassion, one group of participants was first traine...