© DR. JAMES R. DOTY 2021

James R. Doty is a dedicated...

NEUROSURGEON
NEUROSCIENTIST
INVENTOR
ENTREPRENEUR
AUTHOR
PHILANTHROPIST
PROFESSOR
NEUROSURGEON

committed to the science and application of compassion.
This website provides an introduction to his work.

James R. Doty is a dedicated...

NEUROSURGEON
NEUROSCIENTIST
INVENTOR
ENTREPRENEUR
AUTHOR
PHILANTHROPIST
PROFESSOR
NEUROSURGEON

NEUROSURGEON
NEUROSCIENTIST
INVENTOR
ENTREPRENEUR
AUTHOR
PHILANTHROPIST
PROFESSOR
NEUROSURGEON

committed to the science and application of compassion.
This website provides an introduction to his work.

Bestseller

Into the Magic Shop

The Book

Dr. Doty is the bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart, a New York Times bestseller that has inspired an album (Love Yourself: Tear by K-pop sensation BTS), an upcoming podcast, and even a movie.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Laureate, The Nobel Peace Prize

Into the Magic Shop

The Podcast - coming soon

Many of us understand neither the nature of self-compassion nor its power to remedy our suffering and improve our lives. By entering Into the Magic Shop, Dr. James Doty’s podcast, listeners will learn life-changing techniques and, in conversation with guest experts, explore topics from consciousness and psychology to faith and spirituality. They will also hear from prominent guests who are willing to share their own stories of challenge and struggle.

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CCARE

Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

While science has made great strides in understanding pathologies of the human mind, far less is known about its capacity for compassion, altruism, and empathy. Yet, these prosocial traits are innate to us and lie at the very centerpiece of our shared humanity.

Dr. James Doty founded The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine in 2008 with the explicit goal of promoting, supporting, and conducting rigorous scientific studies of compassion and altruistic behavior.

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HAPPI

AI mental health app

One out of every three adults in the US reports extreme stress, and nearly one in five suffers from anxiety disorders. But it can be challenging to find effective, affordable, and convenient therapy. Happi is here to help. Happi uses an intelligent “virtual human being” to provide compassionate care for those suffering with mental illness. This “virtual human being” is accessible through an app or a web browser. It engages the user in conversation to assess mental states such as stress, anxiety, and many forms of depression by interpreting facial expression, voice intonation, and other biometrics.

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"In this profound and beautiful book, Dr Doty teaches us with his life, and the lessons he imparts are some of the most important of all: that happiness cannot be without suffering, that compassion is born from understanding our own suffering and the suffering of those around us, and that only when we have compassion in our hearts can we be truly happy."
Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen Master, global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist
"As one evolves from the head to the heart, one, in fact, rises up to the heights of true love and compassion. Jim Doty sincerely attempts to take the reader on a journey from the limited realm of the head to the unlimited realm of the heart, where true compassion dwells. The ability to put oneself in another's position, to see and feel as another person does -- this is the rare gift of an earnest spiritual seeker. May this book be an inspiration to all.”
Her Holiness Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma)
“Part memoir, part scientific exploration, Into the Magic Shop is a powerful work of emotion and discovery, showing that we all have within us our own small magic shop, a place of calm and beauty we can return to whenever we need it. As James Doty compellingly shows, we simply have to open the door, and let ourselves in.”
Arianna Huffington
Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post and NYT bestselling author of Thrive
"Once in a generation, someone is able to articulate the compelling mystery within his or her life story in such a way that it captures the imagination of others and inspires them to align with what is deepest and best in themselves and allow it to manifest and flower. There is plenty of magic in this book, but the deepest magic of all is that Jim was openheartedly guided to start practicing that aligning when he was twelve and trusted it enough to never loose the thread completely, even in the hardest of times. Behold what is emerging now."
Jon Kabat-Zinn
Founder of the Center for Mindfulness, Health Care and Society
and of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
"This is a story of faith beyond the bounds and barriers of religion. A story of hope in the face of life's great challenges, and of magic that opens the doors of potential and healing. Into the Magic Shop is the journey of a brain surgeon whose life is marked by success and failure and at all times laced together in a rich fabric of hope, kindness and compassion. A book that will touch heart, soul and mind."
Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Emeritus Director of Religion at the Chautauqua Institute and former Executive Director of the World Council of Churches