About Dr. Barry Kerzin

Dr. Barry Kerzin is a Buddhist monk, teacher, and medical doctor. He is a former Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama ordained him as a fully ordained Buddhist monk. He has completed many short and long meditation retreats over the last 28 years, including a 3-year retreat.

At the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Princeton University, he was a subject for research on long-term meditators. The structure and function of Dr. Kerzin’s brain was studied. This research has been published in the leading neuroscience journals in the world including Nature and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science numerous times.

Dr. Kerzin spends about 7 months annually teaching around the world in India, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, North America, Europe, Ukraine, and Russia. He continues practicing medicine treating poor people, as well as the highest Tibetan lamas, free of charge. He is board certified as a fellow in the American Board of Family Medicine. He is also a diplomat in the American Academy of Family Practice.

He has cared for three meditation masters at the time of their deaths, while in the state of tukdam, or clear light meditation of death.

At the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany, Dr. Kerzin is a consultant for a large research project studying the cultivation of compassion. He is contributing to both a film and a book as part of the initial phase.

Dr. Kerzin is the Chairman of a public interest Ippan Shadan Hojin – Human Values Institute – based in Japan. The HVI hosts Dr. Kerzin several times a year in Japan.

To provide education and guidance to all who are interested in becoming happier human beings. The education primarily focuses on love and compassion and wisdom understanding ourselves and reality correctly.

The promotion of Human Values based on honesty is our starting point. With honesty, respect for ourselves as well as others is nurtured. Based on mutual respect, trust naturally arises. Trust is the essential ingredient in living together harmoniously. Hence less aggression, less violence, and less armed conflicts. Thus love and compassion arise. To deepen our love and compassion and make it completely unbiased (even towards our enemies) we cultivate the wisdom to know reality correctly.

Blessings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


human_values_instituteThe Human Values Institute is dedicated to the well being of the Japanese people. Specifically our mission is to restore dignity and self-respect to those who are lost. These “lost” Japanese people are withdrawn and lead asocial lives.


The Mind & Life Institute is a non-profit organization that seeks to understand the human mind and the benefits of contemplative practices through an integrated mode of knowing that combines first person knowledge from the world’s contemplative traditions with methods and findings from contemporary scientific inquiry. Ultimately, our goal is to relieve human suffering and advance well-being.


The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (OHHDL), known in Tibetan as Gaden Phodrang, is the personal office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It provides secretarial assistance to His Holiness and broadly speaking, is responsible for all matters related to His Holiness and acts on his behalf.


Led by world-renowned neuroscientist Dr. Richard J. Davidson, the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, UW-Madison, conducts rigorous scientific research on healthy qualities of mind such as kindness, compassion, altruism, forgiveness, mindfulness and well-being.


One of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, poet, and peace and human rights activist, Thich Nhat Hanh


Jewel Heart is dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan Buddhism and to bringing the practice of this rich tradition within the context of contemporary life to everyone.

Special International Responsibilities

  • 2011 – Present — Consultant, Max Planck Institute, Leipzig, Germany
  • 2011 – Present — Chairman, Human Values Institute, Japan
  • 2006 — Visiting Professor, Central University of Tibetan Studies, Varanasi, India
  • 2006 – Present — Faculty of Mind and Life Institute Summer Research Institute
  • 1989 Feb – Aug — Visiting Professor, Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute, Dharamsala, India
  • 1989 – Present — Charitable Medical Service, India


2005 – 06
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Research subject for Neuroscientific Study of the Structure and Function of the Brain in Long Term Meditators, Dr. Richard Davidson
William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry; Director of the Waisman Brain Imaging Lab and Lab for Affective Neuroscience

Princeton University
Research subject for Neuroscientific Study of the Structure and Function of the Brain in Long Term Meditators, Dr. Jonathan Cohen
Director of Princeton Neuroscience Institute

1987 – 89
Sulfa Moiety Drugs and Leukopenia
Collaborative Research Between Departments of Family Medicine and Pharmacology – unpublished


Leading Group Meditation — 700 participants
April 26-29
International Symposia for Contemplative Studies
Mind and Life Institute, Denver, Colorado

2002 – Present
Retreat Master (Teacher) for Dozens of Short Meditation Retreats Throughout the World

1999 – 2002
Three Year Meditation Retreat
Dordogne, France

1993 – 94
One Year Meditation Retreat
Indian Village, Himalayan Mountains

1984 – Present
Dozens of Meditation Retreats — 2 to 4 months duration