Dr. Barry Kerzin, American physician, Buddhist monk, and personal doctor to the 14th Dalai Lama, joins Angélica to discuss his continued work in the areas of meditation and compassion integration. Dr. Kerzin touches on what inspired him to become a doctor, how he has coped with loss, and his journey within Buddhism, which led him to meet the 14th Dalai Lama in 1989. Dr. Kerzin explains his current projects, specifically his joint efforts with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to train fellow medical professionals in the art of compassion, with both their patients and themselves. In addition, Dr. Kerzin defines some aspects of his key teachings, including how to perform “emotional hygiene” and the act of “internal disarmament”.
About Our Guest
Dr. Barry Kerzin is an American physician and Buddhist monk. Dr. Kerzin has lived in Dharamshala since 1988 and was ordained a monk in the mid-2000s. In addition to being the current medical doctor to the 14th Dalai Lama, he is known to treat citizens of the local community, free of charge. He has authored several books, his most recent being No Fear, No Death: The Transformative Power of Compassion. Currently, he is the president of the Altruism in Medicine Institute as well as founder and chairman of the Human Values Institute, headquartered in Japan.