Not just wisdom – but
LOVE & COMPASSION

The Altruism in Medicine Institute is a non-profit organization that seeks to understand through scientific research how altruism and positive mental states bring about good mental and physical health. Based on this understanding we are introducing altruism as a core practice of medicine to be taught during medical education. Through collaborations, our goal is to relieve human suffering and advance wellbeing of all people including patients and their healthcare providers.

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Positive Impacts
of compassionate care:

  • reduced cases of mental illness amongst health practitioners
  • statistically significant increase in patient longevity
  • enhancement of healing processes in physical and mental illnesses
  • increased trust in the overall medical system
  • protecting the overall health of medical professionals

MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER

barrySMLGreetings! Welcome 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

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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1jul7:00 am- 9:00 amPRESENTATIONBeing Fully Awake for Life and Death

2jul10:00 am- 4:00 pmRETREATLearning to Balance Our Chaotic Lives

3jul11:00 am- 1:00 pmPresentationCompassion Arising out of Emptiness

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RECENT ARTICLES

THE FEAR OF DYING

Death is not frightening if we recognize that dying is not the absolute end. Such was the message conveyed by Dr. Barry Kerzin, a Buddhist monk and physician to the [...]

ETHICS & RELIGION DOCUMENTARY

Dr. Barry Kerzin was a California physician interested in Buddhism when he went to Tibet 27 years ago to train Buddhist doctors in methods of Western medical research and practice. [...]

COMPASSION: THE RESULTS OF DEVELOPING COMPASSION

Venerable Dr. Barry Kerzin shared his thoughts with Cathy Ziengs about the results of developing compassion. How can this affect pain, disease and our health and well-being? He also speaks [...]

SOCIAL SCIENCES SEMINAR @ HKU – 2015

Feb. 2015 - Dr. Barry Kerzin at a seminar at the faculty of Social Sciences, focussing on future directions of social science research, at the University of Hong Kong.

EMPATHY: THE HUMAN CONNECTION TO PATIENT CARE

Patient care is more than just healing -- it's building a connection that encompasses mind, body and soul. If you could stand in someone else's shoes . . . hear [...]

COMPASSION LECTURE AT STANFORD MEDICAL SCHOOL

In this lecture, Barry Kerzin, MD, presents: “Compassionate Living”. This event is an hour-long lecture followed by questions from the audience.

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