The Path to Compassion, a presentation sponsored by St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation at the 2017 Sun Valley Wellness Festival. In this presentation, Dr. Doty discusses his challenging childhood of pain, despair and shame and how a chance meeting with a woman in a magic shop changed the trajectory of his life. Through this meeting he learned a set of mental exercises that allowed him to change how he saw the world and more importantly how the world saw him. And through these exercises fundamentally rewire his brain. This rewiring of his brain allowed him to understand the power of self-compassion and, as importantly, the power of compassion. This transformation allowed him to ultimately become a professor of neurosurgery at Stanford, a successful entrepreneur and the founder of the leading center in the world focused on the neuroscience of compassion of which the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor. His story is told in his New York Times bestselling memoir, Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart. Dr. Doty’s memoir has received endorsements from many of the world’s spiritual and religious leaders including the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Amma.
James R. Doty, M.D. is a Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Founder and Director of the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research (CCARE) of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor.
He is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. As a philanthropist, Dr. Doty has supported health clinics throughout the world, supported groundbreaking neuroscience research and peace initiatives. He has created scholarships and endowed chairs at multiple universities including Stanford University and Tulane University School of Medicine, his alma mater. He is on the board of a number of non-profit organizations including the Charter for Compassion International and is the former Chairman of the Dalai Lama Foundation. Dr. Doty is also on the Board of Governors of Tulane University School of Medicine and Claremont Lincoln University.
He collaborates with a number of scientists in a variety of disciplines at multiple universities throughout the world on cutting edge neuroscience research focused on compassion and altruism. Dr. Doty is the Senior Editor of the forthcoming “Handbook of Compassion Science” being published by Oxford University Press.
He is the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart that is now being translated into 22 languages.