As part of our goal to facilitate the scientific understanding and application of compassion, we have set up three international discussion groups. Each group utilises the basic definition of compassion as
A sensitivity to suffering in self and others with a commitment to try to
alleviate and prevent it.
Purpose of the discussion groups
The discussion groups have been created to help individuals who are interested in developing the evolutionary and biopsychosocial approach to compassion and its dissemination. Hence they are not general compassion lists but support our specific scientific approach to compassion that seeks to link our understanding of how the human mind evolved, it’s neurophysiological architecture, with psychological and social process that shape and are shaped by it. Hence this approach draws on a range of different approaches including Western scientific and the contemplative traditions - but with a specific focus on the evolutionary dynamics and challenges of the brain.
Ideally those coming on to the lists will have some familiarity with the basic model. So while discussion of different views is welcomed it is important to recognise that this is a specific approach rather than for people who want to debate their own approach.
Participants joining the list do so on the understanding that they recognise the nature of the list and that material shared is confidential unless otherwise stated.
Participants are clinically and personally responsible for how they use any of the materials learned through the list or the Foundation’s website.