Jim Doty: a place like Stanford is very competitive, so you tend to put on a suit of armor to show you know what you are talking about. But there is a cost to that. In a situation like this, when you encounter someone enlightened like HHDL, being able to open to the vulnerability is a wonderful feeling.
Aaron Stern, academy for the love of learning: as Tibetan Buddhism incorporates the view of western science, how can we take care that the concepts are not mistaken for the lived experience?
Here is a recent paper from Negi et al: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3485650/
Cbct instructor teaching it to elementary school kids: at first was worried about being able to teach these complex things to such young kids but it blew my mind how readily they grasped it.
After learning about interconnectedness from CBCT a six year old girl wrote “where does it stop?” “It never stops!”
Geshe-la is showing actual data slides with graphs from his papers. For example showing that comparing mindfulness training versus compassion training, mindfulness training reduced reactivity of both positive and negative emotion to negative images, while compassion training increased negative emotion reaction slightly. And yet mindfulness did not decrease clinical depression scores nearly as much as compassion. I highly recommend Lobsang Tenzin Negi’s papers, I will have to go back and re read them myself now.
Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi Ph.D. Is talking about Emory university’s cognitively based compassion training, which I guess is a competitor to Stanford’s program. Six key components to cultivate:
Insight into thoughts and emotions
Affectionate love and empathy
Geshe says that from his Buddhist perspective “self compassion” seemed strange, but he bases it on a Tibetan term for a deep motivation to emerge from the unhealthy patterns, transform them. I did not catch the Tibetan term.