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A Quest for Compassion

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Science  24 Apr 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5926, pp. 458-459
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_458

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Guided by a passionate leader, a new research institute hopes to draw lessons from Buddhism to study altruism and make the world a better place. The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education will study the biological roots of benevolent behavior and investigate whether mental exercises derived from the centuries-old tradition of Buddhist compassion meditation--but stripped of religious trappings--can foster compassion in nonbelievers.