The Roots of Altruism
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre
Room 1400-1420, SFU at Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver V6B 5K3
Is true altruism possible? A significant number of psychologists, theoreticians of evolution, and economists believe that selfishness lies behind any action that appears to be altruistic. But there is also a large body of evidence showing that pure altruism, the genuine wish to benefit others and its corresponding behaviour, is an integral part of human nature. Buddhist analysis of the nature of mind indicates not only that altruistic love and compassion are natural qualities of human nature, but that they can be cultivated to a much greater extent through training the mindd.
Renowned author, translator, photographer, and Buddhist monk, Matthieu Ricard (PhD, Biochemistry) is highly regarded for his scholarship and knowledge of Buddism and Tibetan culture, and has lived and worked in the Himalayan region for over thirty years.