James R. Doty, M.D. is the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor. He works with a variety of scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases for compassion and altruism. He is also a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Doty is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, having given support to a number of charitable organizations supporting peace initiatives and providing healthcare throughout the world. Additionally, he has supported research, provided scholarships and endowed chairs at multiple universities. Dr. Doty is on the Board of a number of non-profits and is the former chairman of the Dalai Lama Foundation and vice-chair of the Charter for Compassion International. He is also on the Senior Advisory Board of the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions. He is the Senior Editor of the "Handbook of Compassion Science" published by the Oxford University Press and is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart” that has now been translated into 36 languages.
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