The Center for Engaged Compassion co-sponsored the “International Symposia for Contemplative Studies” in Denver, CO April 26-29, 2012.
Andrew Dreitcer presented “Christian Contemplative Practices as Examples of Relationship-Based Compassion Formation,” as part of a panel whose other participants were scientists studying contemplative practice. (His slides for the presentation are available here.)
The panel was organized by the Center’s Acting Research Director, Michael Spezio (social neuroscience professor, Scripps College & Caltech), who introduced the speakers and the subject under discussion: Contemplative Science & the Relational Dimension: From Stress Regulation to Empathy and Compassion. Joining Andy and Michael on the panel were:
- Brent Field, Cognitive Neuroscientist, Princeton U.
- Tania Singer, Director of the Department for Social Neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany.
- Cassandra Vieten, Experimental Social Psychologist, Mind Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute