Arizona Friends of Tibet and the U of A Center for Compassion Studies Advisory Board invite you to a symposium with three outstanding speakers and researchers. Dr. Lobsang Rapgay, Director, Behavioral Medicine Clinic and Program, UCLA Semel Institute and Dr. Charles Raison, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin–Madison and founding director, UA Center for Compassion Studies, and Dr. Chris Impey, Associate Dean, College of Science, UA, will hold a discussion a discussion on the benefit of compassion meditation. The Center for Cognitive Based Compassion Studies is a part of the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Funds raised will be used to support the Center for Compassion Studies community outreach efforts. For more information about the role of AFoT in the creation of The center for Compassion Studies please click here.

Doors open at 4 pm, Sunday, March 26, 2017

Symposium will be held from 4.30 -5.30 pm with the reception following
Where: Tucson Room 

              Students Union Memorial Center

              University of Arizona 

              Tucson, AZ 85715

Your $125 donation payable to Arizona Friends of Tibet benefits the U of A Center for Compassion Studies. This includes delicious finger foods and non-alcoholic drinks. ($25 of your donation is non-tax deductible to cover food and drinks). The remaining $100 is a tax-deductible donation. A cash bar will be available at the reception following the Symposium.

If you are unable to attend any donation will be greatly appreciated. 

​​Chris Impey is a University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy and Associate Dean of the College of Science at the University of Arizona. He has over 180-refereed publications on observational cosmology, galaxies, and quasars, and his research has been supported by $20 million in NASA and NSF grants. He has won eleven teaching awards, and has taught two online classes with over 80,000 enrolled. Impey is a past Vice President of the American Astronomical Society and he has been an NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholar, the Carnegie Council’s Arizona Professor of the Year, and most recently a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. He’s written over 50 popular articles on cosmology and astrobiology, two introductory textbooks, a novel called Shadow World, and 7 popular science books: The Living Cosmos, How It Ends, Talking About Life, How It Began, Dreams of Other Worlds, Humble Before the Void, and Beyond: The Future of Space Travel.


Lobsang Rapgay is a Research Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry UCLA and the Clinical Director of the California Center for Integrative Psychotherapy in Los Angeles. His primary research is in the neural, physiological and behavioral correlates of fear reconsolidation in anxiety. Secondarily, he is developing a time limited evidence based treatment for severe forms of anxiety disorders based on research on fear reconsolidation. The protocol will involve skin conductance response with fear related perceptual performance based mindfulness training. Prior to moving to a research track, he was the Director of the UCLA Behavioral Medicine Clinic at the Department of Psychiatry UCLA where he trained medical, psychiatric and psychology residents and interns in psychological assessment, and the application of psychotherapy. He was a Tibetan Buddhist monk for 18 years and is well versed in both theory and practice of Buddhism. He maintains a regular practice of the Four Foundation of Mindfulness.

Charles Raison, MD, is the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor, School of Human Ecology, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, WI. Prior to this he was Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, and the Barry and Janet Lang Professor of Integrative Mental Health at the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona. In addition to his academic positions, Dr. Raison serves as the founding Director of the Center for Compassion Studies in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona and the mental health expert for Dr. Raison is internationally recognized for his studies examining novel mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of major depression and other stress-related emotional and physical conditions, as well as for his work examining the physical and behavioral effects of compassion training.