On Thursday evening, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) will visit Stanford to participate in Conversations on Compassion, a talk series sponsored by The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE).
During the event, CCARE director James Doty, MD, will talk with Ryan about how meditation-based practices can be used to address societal difficulties facing America, as described in his book A Mindful Nation. Currently serving his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Ryan began incorporating meditation techniques into his daily life after attending a retreat in 2008 conducted by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In his book, he details scientific findings that support meditation’s beneficial effects and explores examples of how meditation programs have been implemented in a variety of settings, including boardrooms, research labs, and military bases, across the country.
The hour-long talk begins at 5:30 p.m. in McCaw Hall at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center. The event is free and open to the public.