Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion

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Paul Ekman
Macmillan, Sep 16, 2008 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 261 pages
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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.

  

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Review: Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion

User Review  - Lizz - Goodreads

i had really high expectations but i found myself bored with really surface exchanges. i would have liked to hear more from the Dalai Lama but the other guy kept butting in and talked most of the book about defining terms. This book could have been a lot better. Read full review

Review: Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion

User Review  - David - Goodreads

This is one of the best things I've read. It was interesting dialogue between two deeply curious people coming from two quite different directions. I had the sense that both wanted to understand the ... Read full review

Contents

1 East and West
1
2 Experiencing Emotion
36
3 Emotional Balance
78
4 Anger Resentment and Hatred
108
5 The Nature of Compassion
139
6 Global Compassion
185
7 Personal Transformation
226
Notes
245
Acknowledgments
251
Index
253
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Tenzin Gyatzo, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and is the temporal and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. The author of The Art of Happiness, among many other books, he is the head of the Tibetan government in exile and resides in Dharamsala, India.

Paul Ekman is the world's foremost expert on facial expressions and a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California Medical School in San Francisco. He is the author of fourteen books, including Emotions Revealed and lives in northern California.

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