The Telluride Institute Announces ‘Compassion Season’ Programs
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Jul 16, 2013 | 616 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print

TELLURIDE – The Telluride Institute will produce a fourth season of  “conversation on Compassion” this summer, with a series of talks and meditations from July 21 through July 22.  

On Sunday, July 21, there will be two talks at the Wilkinson Library.  Joel Finkelstein will provide an "Overview of Science of Compassion News and Research" and Jonathan Barfield will discuss "From the Living Earth to the Dharma:  4 Thoughts That Turn the Mind Toward Living in Right Relationship." The pair of talks will begin at 8 pm with a discussion to follow.     

On Monday morning, July 22, Dr. Barfield will conduct a Sunrise Meditation at the Town Park Stage at 6:45 am. 

On Monday evening, July 22, a series of “Compassion Films” will be screened at the Wilkinson Library from 8-10 pm.   And on Tuesday, July 23, a culminating panel discussion at the Palm Theater entitled “The Science of Compassion:  News from the Front” will feature distinguished professors and researchers Dr. Clifford Saron, Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas and Dr. Jim Doty.  The event will be moderated by Joel Finkelstein and run from 8-10 pm. 

The Telluride Institute’s compassion partners include Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism, Research and Education (CCARE); the University of Michigan; The Greater Good Science Center, University of California, Berkley; UC Davis, and the Fetzer Institute.

The focus of the Institute’s Compassion conversations has been the interface of the emerging science of cognitive processes and ancient wisdom traditions such as Navajo spirituality and Buddhist meditation. 

Established in 1984, the Telluride Institute has sponsored a series of research forums – “ideas festivals” – that have helped the local Telluride community critically engage the ideas that shape our future.  The Institute has recently asked the Telluride Town Council to consider adopting the “Charger for Compassion.” 

For further information about this year’s Compassion events, contact Teresa Frank at

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