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Episode 001: Community Transformation Through Compassionate Mindfulness with Dr. Gard Jameson

Updated: May 24, 2020

In our first episode, Will sits down with the founder of Compassionate Las Vegas, Dr. Gard Jameson. Dr. Jameson received his Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2005. He teaches Chinese and Indian Philosophy in the Philosophy Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to his tenure at UNLV, he spent 25 years practicing as a CPA. He is the author of several books, including The Peace Pilgrim Pictures which we talk about on this episode.

Gard helped found and chairs the boards of the Children's Advocacy Alliance and the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada. He is the founder and inspiration behind the Jameson Fellows.

Along with his wife, Gard organized and founded Volunteers in Medicine in Southern Nevada ( He also helped found the Nevada Community Foundation.

Our work is made possible with his support and encouragement.

We created the Compassionate Las Vegas Podcast to share your stories of compassion.  The podcast is now available on iTunes, YouTube and many other podcast platforms.

The Podcast is here to inspire a network of compassion and to amplify acts of compassion where they already exist. The transformative power of compassionate communities cannot be overstated. So, our mission is to make Las Vegas a more compassionate place to live, work and play. Compassionate Las Vegas, The Podcast, can be heard on all major platforms including YouTube.

To share your story of compassion, email Will Rucker at with the subject line Compassionate Las Vegas. 

Check out the video version of episode 001 with our Founder Gard Jameson on YouTube:

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