Emotional Awareness

Emotional Awareness

Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion : A Conversation Between the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman

Book - 2008
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Two leading thinkers engage in a landmark conversation about human emotions and the pursuit of psychological fulfillment

At their first meeting, a remarkable bond was sparked between His Holiness the Dalai Lama, one of the world's most revered spiritual leaders, and the psychologist Paul Ekman, whose groundbreaking work helped to define the science of emotions. Now these two luminaries share their thinking about science and spirituality, the bonds between East and West, and the nature and quality of our emotional lives.

In this unparalleled series of conversations, the Dalai Lama and Ekman prod and push toward answers to the central questions of emotional experience. What are the sources of hate and compassion? Should a person extend her compassion to a torturer--and would that even be biologically possible? What does science reveal about the benefits of Buddhist meditation, and can Buddhism improve through engagement with the scientific method? As they come to grips with these issues, they invite us to join them in an unfiltered view of two great traditions and two great minds.

Accompanied by commentaries on the findings of emotion research and the teachings of Buddhism, their interplay--amusing, challenging, eye-opening, and moving--guides us on a transformative journey in the understanding of emotions.

Publisher: New York, NY : Times Books, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805087123
Characteristics: xxiv, 261 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Ekman, Paul


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Feb 09, 2015

Very good and down to earth conversation between a great spiritual teacher and a great scientist. The most memorable advise I got from reading this book is hate the evil act but have compassion against the person who carry out the act.

There is a lot of reasoning on how compassion is to be applied practically, and the intelligence behind application of compassion, this is a really good read, broadens the mind to different views of what kindness means.

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