A Bifurcated Weekend of Compassion
by Dan Collins, Ph.D., President Telluride Institute Board of Trustees
Jul 19, 2012 | 927 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Telluride Institute is proud to welcome you to this year’s interdisciplinary festival and conference devoted to Compassion. In collaboration with Stanford University’s Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education (CCARE), we aim to extend and deepen the conversation initiated at our 2010 and 2011 conferences. 

These two conferences, entitled respectively, The Language of Mental Life and Compassion for a World in Crisis, provided a solid foundation for this year’s conference. Considered retrospectively, they highlight the compelling resonance between a host of spiritual practices and cognitive science and underscore our shared responsibilities to one another and the planet. 

Departing slightly from the 2010/2011 format, this year’s event has been divided into two parts – a Compassion Festival called No Place Like Home, presented by the Telluride Institute, and a Compassion Conference called The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures, and Interventions, presented by Stanford’s CCARE, held at the Sheridan Opera House and the Michael D. Palm Theater respectively.

Telluride Institute’s Compassion Festival will focus on how compassion can be nurtured and extended in the local and regional community. Included in this year’s program are representatives of the Native American community, the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Community Leaders, and professors from major Universities and Spiritual Centers from around the globe. 

This year, given the challenges of organizing and funding such an ambitious program, we are at a crossroads in determining its future. We will need to find additional support if we are to continue. We welcome your offers of assistance. Please contact Pam Zoline, Dan Collins or Joel Finkelstein to join the team. Your contributions to both the public and private components of the conference are deeply appreciated.  

Established in 1984, the Telluride Institute has sponsored a series of research forums – Ideas Festivals – that have helped the local Telluride community to critically engage the ideas that shape our future. To learn more about our work, please visit our Website:

Thank you for joining us!

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