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Investigating the science of compassion

Inspired by the works of His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Emory University Presidential Distinguished Professor, our university programs focus on the interdisciplinary investigation and application of compassion. For decades, the Dalai Lama has actively encouraged scientists and contemplative scholars to engage in dialogues and research collaborations, significantly advancing the young field of contemplative science. In addition, he has put forward a vision for a shared ethical framework that goes beyond traditional cultural and religious perspectives—a secular ethics that invites the global human community to engage each other based on understanding, mutual respect, and compassion. 

The Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics collaborates with a diverse range of scientists, scholars, professionals, and educators to offer multiple programs for the Emory community and beyond as we investigate the science of compassion. We currently offer undergraduate courses as well as graduate and professional courses. We also organize and facilitate a contemplative science seminar series and collaborate in various research programs.


Get Involved/Contact

If you have questions regarding our undergraduate programs  or are interested in participating in or presenting to the Contemplative Science Seminar Series, please contact Hannah Smith (