Barry Kerzin

Founder and Director, Altruism in Medicine Institute


Barry Kerzin is a former Assist Prof of Medicine at Univ. of Washington, a Visiting Prof at Central University of Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, India, and an Honorary Prof at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). 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 chairman of the Human Values Institute (HVI) in Japan – and founder and president of the Altruism in Medicine Institute –
For 27 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 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. He is developing well-being curriculum for prisons and HKU. He teaches compassion at St. Luke's hospital in Tokyo, and leads meditation retreats at Mt. Fuji. He delivered a TEDx talk in Philadelphia and Taipei. For AIM, in June 15 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. He has written Tibetan Buddhist Prescription for Happiness in Japanese. He is about to publish Nagarjuna’s Wisdom of the Middle Way, and is working on a new book, Friends of Compassion. Barry has written many chapters for books and many interviews for radio, TV including PBS Ethics and Religion last month.

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