Into the Magic Shop
Growing up, Jim Doty was from a poor, dysfunctional family, with an alcoholic father and a chronically depressed mother. But he overcame his childhood to become a successful neurosurgeon and the founding director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor. On this episode, we hear some of his amazing stories of the power of mindfulness and compassion from his new memoir, Into the Magic Shop.
You can also hear our previous episode with Dr. BJ Miller of the Zen Hospice Project, and our episode on brain science, music and activism with Dr. Charles Limb.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama says “Jim Doty’s life illustrates how each of us can make a difference. We can make the world a more compassionate place. I’m sure many readers will be moved by this inspiring story to open their hearts and see what they too can do for others.” Dr. Doty’s new memoir Into the Magic Shop tells the amazing story of his rise from poverty and a chaotic childhood to his unlikely journey to success, thanks to a chance encounter at age 12 that led him to learn powerful techniques of visualization, mindfulness, and compassion. Following his amazing stories of college and medical training to becoming a successful neurosurgeon and a wealthy entrepreneur, the book chronicles how Dr. Doty suddenly meets with financial disaster, but decides to take the opportunity to make a spectacular charitable contribution that will virtually ruin him. Part memoir, part science, part inspiration, and part practical instruction, Into the Magic Shop shows us how we can fundamentally change our lives by first changing our brains and our hearts.compassion, Dalai Lama, meditation, memoir, mindfulness