Prof Paul Gilbert and Dr James Kirby

This is a photo of Professor Paul Gilbert (Founder of Compassion-Focused Therapy) and Dr James Kirby at a Compassion-Focused Therapy workshop being held in Bryon Bay, Australia. As you can see James was thrilled to have Prof Gilbert sign a copy of his book for him.

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Presentation

Presentation at Corrs Young Professional

James was lucky to present to the Corrs Young Professional group in Brisbane about how mindfulness and compassion can help us be at our best. The bottom photo is of everybody doing a mindfulness exercise. It was a terrific morning.

Richie Davidson Workshop

Meditation and Flourishing Workshop

James was fortunate enough to attend a CCARE workshop on Meditation and Flourishing conducted by Dr Richard Davidson and Rinpoche. It was a fascinating day of learning. James was also able to catch up with Yotam Heinberg (pictured bottom left with James). Yotam studies compassion and delivers Compassion Focused Therapy.

Prof Paul Gilbert and Dr Stan Steindl

Professor Paul Gilbert and Dr Stan Steindl at a Compassion-Focused Therapy workshop in Byron Bay, Australia.

Dr Doty and James visiting Amma

Visiting Amma

Dr James Doty, Director of CCARE at Stanford University invited James to visit Amma when she was recently in California. Mata Amritanandamayi is known throughout the world as Amma, or Mother, for her selfless love and compassion toward all beings. Her entire life has been dedicated to alleviating the pain of the poor, and those suffering physically and emotionally. Amma is well known for giving hugs. To learn more about the amazing work Amma does please click this link.

Prof James Bennett-Levy and James

Prof James Bennett-Levy and Friends

James spent the weekend with Professor James Bennett-Levy at Byron for a “Compassion Think Tank”. During discussions on compassion they had some fun with Greg the Gorilla, Wal the Wombat, and Jamal the Camel.

Dr Dennis Tirch and Dr Stan Steindl

Dr Dennis Tirch was the Keynote Speaker at the 2015 UQ Compassion Symposium. This is him with Dr Stan Steindl who was the founder of the UQ Compassion Symposium.

My Dad visiting me at Work

Dad Visiting CCARE, Stanford

I was lucky enough to have my father visit me at CCARE at Stanford University. My dad, Peter Kirby, is a Lecturer in Education at James Cook University in Australia. We are working collaboratively on a research project investigating masculinity and compassion.

Podcast Recording Session

Steindl and Kirby Podcast Recording Sessions

This is Stan and James getting ready for the serious business of recording their podcast series. To listen to the podcast series here.

The Compassion Initiative

This is The Compassion Initiative logo which has been carved out in the sand down at Yamba Beach in Northern New South Wales. Spreading compassion around the world.

My First Day at CCARE

The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE)

This was my first day of my Fellowship at CCARE. CCARE is a world leading research centre focused on research and teaching of compassion and altruism. To find more about CCARE please click on this link. As you can see from the photos I am very excited!

Children and Compassion Study

Honours Student Mitchell Green

Here is a photo of James’ honours student Mitchell Green presenting his research on compassion and children to the developmental research group. Mitchell is also being co-supervised by Assoc Prof Mark Nielsen from The School of Psychology at The University of Queensland. Was a great presentation.