Less Empathy, More Kindness

By Paul Bloom

You are likely familiar with the idea that you can feel too much of the suffering of others. This is sometimes called “burnout,” a word that was coined in the 1970s. But it’s not a new insight; the idea has many origins, including, to my surprise, in Buddhist theology. I first learned this from a discussion I had with Matthieu…

The Moral Obligation to Treat All Beings with Compassion

By Garrison Institute

In his most recent book, A Plea for the Animals: The Moral, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with Compassion, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard makes a case for ending our exploitation of non-human animals. If we stopped eating animal products, he says, we could start to alleviate global hunger, significantly reduce our carbon emissions, and improve human health. And,…

Our Favorite Books in 2016

By Garrison Institute

From urban planning to animal rights to end-of-life care, Garrison Institute teachers and friends published books on a wide variety of topics in 2016. Below are some of our favorites. Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett In her popular podcast, On Being, journalist Krista Tippett shares conversations with scientists, theologians, poets, activists,…

The Urgent Need to Slow Down

By Sam Mowe

Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert and Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard talk about environmental destruction and what it means to be alive during humanity’s greatest crisis.