• The Tuvan President explaining to Dr Kerzin the architectural plans for the construction of a Buddhist temple in Kyzyl, Tuva

  • During a private moment at the 2015 Skoll World Forum, the Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Dr. Barry share a deep belly laugh. Their discussion centered on close friendship between these two world leaders and Nobel Peace laureates, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. When they talked of their infectious laughter, both the Archbishop and Barry started laughing uncontrollably. They thoroughly delighted in one another.

  • Receiving advise from Khyongla Rato Rinpoche.

  • Dr. Barry Kerzin meditating and rating the intensity of his concentration at the University of Wisconsin, Waisman Center, Dr. Richard Davidson.


The cultivation of compassion is no longer a luxury, but a necessity, if our species is to survive.


Barry-PhotoRoundWelcome to Altruism in Medicine Institute. Please enter the world of love and compassion. Altruism is a win-win situation for the recipient as well as the practitioner.As medical illness is intimately related to emotions and attitudes, it becomes central to healing to have a good attitude and balanced emotions.

Resting in the present moment benefits our health. Meditation develops this. Emotional balance is fostered by forgiveness, healthy self-confidence (neither putting ourself nor others down), tolerance, and gratitude.

Synchronizing our body and mind makes us happy and brings a fuller sense of meaning to our lives. Come inside our world. I invite you to discover our work through exploring this website.

With gratitude,

Barry Kerzin



From Berkeley hippy to Dalai Lama’s personal physician


Barry Kerzin’s journey

The American doctor and Buddhist monk, a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong, tells Kate Whitehead about losing his wife, finding faith and how he came to be personal physician to the Dalai Lama. more


Science and Buddhism – Consciousness: the Mind-Body Connection


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