Compassion and Money

At my other website, I’m starting a new series called The Compassion Interviews, where I interview some of the most compassionate people I can find.

The series kicks off with Dr. James Doty, founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University.

In this interview we discuss:

  • Why compassion is more important than money
  • What it is like to be in close contact with His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • How transcending socially conditioned roles can save the world
  • What we can do today and everyday to cultivate peace, compassion, and happiness in our lives

I’ve included a short excerpt from the interview below that discusses how losing 70 million dollars during the dotcom crash, then taking a company public for 1.3 billion dollars of which he donated all of his shares to charity were two of the best things that ever happened to Dr. Doty.

For the full interview click here:

Thank you for watching, smiling, and/or sharing.

Have you learned valuable lessons through failure or charity? Please share.


13 comments on “Compassion and Money

  1. Excellent idea, spread that compassion worldwide my friend 🙂

  2. Brilliant interview, and at the end of the day we own nothing … And he obviously see’s the Bigger Picture of what is of Value, and Money and shares do not give you health or Happiness..

    Thank you for sharing this, And listening to him, he has seen both sides of the coin..
    To Give…. is to receive…… 🙂
    Blessing to you

  3. Rohan 7 Things says:

    Great work Kozo, really good idea for a series of interviews. Reminds me of the story of the businessman who’s preaching to a native who’s sitting in the sun fishing on a tropical island about how rich and successful he is. The native asks him why he works so hard to be rich and successful and the businessman replies “So I can retire in 20 years and sit out in the sun and fish,”

    Thanks for sharing 🙂



    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Love that story, Rohan. I heard a different version where the businessman is trying to convince the fisherman to expand his business, but the moral is the same.
      By the way, I still want to schedule an interview with you for the series, but I have Rick Hanson next week and counseling sessions the week after. Let’s plan for sometime in the beginning of December.

  4. Thanks for this post! It was a really interesting interview.

  5. 1EarthUnited says:

    Hey, this dude really gets it. Now he has everything! Esp. {{{hugs}}} ♥

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