IPPA Closing Keynote: Now Is the Time to Study Compassion

2nd World Congress of the International Positive Psychology Association.


The last day of the IPPA Conference opened with a keynote address by Dr. Richard Davidson about changing the brain by transforming the mind, finding pathways to sustainable well-being…


Compassion Can Be Voluntarily Cultivated
Davidson has studied the voluntary cultivation of compassion, in part by studying Buddhist monks who are experts, with a minimum of 10,000 hours, average of 34,000 hours, and maximum of 62,000 hours of deliberate practice. These numbers are reminiscent of behavioral literature, that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to develop expertise. As described by Mathieu Ricard, they can achieve a state of love and compassion in the whole mind with no reasoning or discursive thoughts.


By Kathryn Britton