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For Immediate Release: Tues., Sept. 12
Contact: Joe Reed | Senior Director of Communications
412-622-6915, ext. 3801 | 

Phipps Conservatory Presents “Compassion, Nature and Regeneration: A Meditation, Way of Life and Discussion”
American Physician and Buddhist Monk Barry Kerzin joins Phipps President and CEO Richard Piacentini for Meditative Program

Pittsburgh, PA — On Thurs., Oct. 12, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens invites guests to participate in “Compassion, Nature and Regeneration: A Meditation, Way of Life and Discussion.” The program includes a guided meditation led by American Physician and Buddhist Monk as well as personal physician to the Dalai Lama, Barry Kerzin, and a joint presentation with Phipps' President and CEO Richard Piacentini. Participants are invited to support living beings and their environments into regenerative impact for self, community and the world. Compassion is a critical ingredient for survival. A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion. This event can be attended either virtually or in person.
Dr. Barry Kerzin is a medical doctor, Buddhist monk, adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh, adjunct professor at Hong Kong University and honorary professor at the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences. He is the founder and CEO of the Altruism in Medicine Institute (AIMI) and founder and chairman of the Human Values Institute (HVI) in Japan. With AIMI in 2022 he has created a compassion mindfulness app – AIMIcare -- to reduce burnout among healthcare professionals. For 34 years he has been providing free medical care to the poor up to high lamas including HH Dalai Lama. Barry has completed a three-year meditation retreat. His brain has been studied at Princeton University and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has given four TEDx talks and authored four books.
Richard Piacentini is the president and CEO of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Since 1994, he has transformed the Pittsburgh organization into a green leader through such projects as the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (the only building in the world to meet Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum, WELL Platinum (first), Zero-Energy, SITES Platinum (first), BREEAM Outstanding (first in U.S.) and Fitwel (3 Stars), as well as two other Zero-Energy buildings. The sustainability efforts Piacentini initiated at Phipps are based on regenerative thinking and recognizing the vital connections between human and environmental health. He is an Advisory Board Member of International Living Future Institute (ILFI); a committee Member of Mission & Community Needs for Magee-Womens Hospital, Biophilic Design Initiative and Biophilic Cities Network; and a past board chair of ILFI and the American Public Gardens Association (APGA). He has received leadership awards from ILFI, APGA and U.S. Green Building Council.
Guests are encouraged to contribute a suggested donation of $20 to attend in person and $10 to attend remotely. All proceeds will go to the Altruism in Medicine Institute, whose home is now Pittsburgh and aims to transform medical education to incorporate curricula of self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness and resilience as essential as anatomy, physiology and pharmacology. These same principles are important for everyone to find meaning and joy in their lives. Registration for the in-person event is limited. For more information and to register, visit


About Phipps: Founded in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA is a globally recognized green leader with a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse. Encompassing 15 acres including a historic 14-room glasshouse, 23 distinct indoor and outdoor gardens and industry-leading sustainable architecture and operations, Phipps attracts more than half a million visitors annually from around the world. Learn more at

Watch TEDx: What We Can Learn From an Old Glasshouse: A look at the evolving way we connect people to nature at Phipps, demonstrate how human and environmental health are inextricably connected, and show that to age gracefully, we must continually reinvent ourselves to evolve with the rest of the world.