Dr. Barry Kerzin

Barry Kerzin is an Affiliate Prof. at the Univ. of Washington Tacoma, a Visiting Prof. at Central University of Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, India, an Honorary Prof. at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), and a former Assist. Prof. of Medicine at the Univ. of Washington. Barry is a fellow at the Mind and Life Institute and consults for the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig on compassion training.

He is founder and president of the Altruism in Medicine Institute (AIMI) and founder and chairman of the Human Values Institute (HVI) in Japan.

For 28 years he has been providing free medical care, and provides medical care to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Barry has completed many meditation retreats including a three-year retreat. His brain was studied at Princeton Univ. and the Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison as a long-term meditator.  He was ordained as a fully ordained monk by the Dalai Lama and combines his work as a monk and doctor, harmonizing the mind and body. He lectures around the world in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Russia, Mongolia, Europe, and North America.

For HVI, Barry works in juvenile prisons in Japan and is developing well-being curriculum. He teaches compassion to doctors at St. Luke’s hospital in Tokyo, and other hospitals in Japan and leads meditation retreats at Mt. Fuji. He delivered a TEDx talk in Philadelphia and Taipei. For AIMI, in June 2015 he gave a medical grand rounds lecture on compassion at Stanford Medical School, and the Stanford CCARE, and in July lectured at Surgical Grand Rounds on the science behind meditation to the Ventura County Medicine Centre, as well as lectured at the Univ. of Washington. In Spring 2016 he lectured at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and U.K. medical schools. Barry was the keynote speaker for the White Coast Ceremony for new first year medical students at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. In Fall 2016 he presented the plenary lecture to 800 Family Doctors at the Family Medicine Education Consortium in Pittsburgh. He has written Tibetan Buddhist Prescription for Happiness, and with the Dalai Lama and Prof. Tonagawa, Mind and Matter: Dialogue between Two Nobel Laureates, in Japanese. He is about to publish Nagarjuna’s Wisdom: A Guide to Practice, and Friends of Compassion. Barry has written many chapters for books and many interviews for radio, and TV including documentaries on PBS New Medicine 2005; PBS Ethics and Religion 2015; and PBS Newshour 2015

Barry Kerzin on Wikipedia

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.
  • 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