The Center is excited to announce the establishment of a new Inner Peace Research Project. Inner Peace Research will be a collaborative effort among URI faculty, staff, and students whose teaching and research interests intersect with the exploration of various forms of inner peace. The initiative will be led by Geshe Thupten Tendhar and Prof. Paul Bueno de Mesquita. A number of activities, services, and programs that promote inner peace, compassion, psychological health and well being, and stress reduction are offered regularly at URI but few of these have been studied systematically to determine their effectiveness and overall benefits to participants.
Currently there are concerning levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and other manifestations of outward and inner violence among college students. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported a rising number of mental health challenges experienced by students nationally on US campuses. The purpose of the Inner Peace Research Project will be to examine the positive impact of educational programs to reduce stress and increase students’ personal well being. This initiative hopes to gather information that will add to a growing body of research that seeks to find ways to reduce intrapersonal, as well as interpersonal violence on college campuses. Evidence has already been reported that documents the profound negative effect that emotional stress has on the physical health of students.
Planning is underway and all faculty, staff, and students who might be interested are welcome to join these efforts.
But first, a definition…
Recent research on compassion and compassion training suggests that if you have a wandering mind you may not be such a caring person. Cultivating compassion may be a way to keep your mind from wandering and to become a more caring, compassionate person. Read more about it!