Dalai Lama

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The controversy over Tibetan independence won't likely be over anytime soon, but is the Middle Way, promoted by the Dalai Lama himself, any way to go about it?

Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin's films deal with the row over Tibetan-Chinese relations. "The Sun Behind the Clouds" and "Dreaming Lhasa" will screen at CAAM Fest 2014, see the schedule here.

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The Science of Compassion

Jul 16, 2012

What makes us want to be good?

“Compassion is complex,” says Emiliana Simon Thomas, the former associate director of CCARE, the Center for Compassion And Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University.

Brian Knutson, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Stanford University, adds: “It’s not quite an emotion, is it? It’s more sophisticated.”

Emerging science is exploring how our minds feel for others.

“Can we see it?” asks Knutson. “Does it help people to extend compassion? That would be very exciting.”