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At their first meeting, a remarkable bond was sparked between His Holiness the Dalai Lama 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?
Accompanied by commentaries on the findings of emotional 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.
“A rich feast for the mind…This is a singular meeting of two intellectual traditions – the two remarkable minds and hearts grappling with some of humanity’s most critical challenges.” Daniel Goleman.
“In the Buddhist meditation on compassion…one of the elements suggested is to cultivate a view, a perception, of all beings as someone very dear to you. One model that is used is to view all of them as your teachers, or as your mother…The point is that you can condition yourself to view other people in a different light – in a positive, constructive light.”
The Dalai Lama.