Visions of Compassion : Western Scientists and Tibetan Buddhists Examine Human Nature: Western Scientists and Tibetan Buddhists Examine Human Nature (Google eBook)

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and Director of Laboratory of Affective Neuroscience at the W.M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior University of Wisconsin Richard J. Davidson William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Madison, Anne Harrington Professor of History of Science Harvard University
Oxford University Press, Nov 12, 2001 - Philosophy - 288 pages
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This book examines how Western behavioral science--which has generally focused on negative aspects of human nature--holds up to cross-cultural scrutiny, in particular the Tibetan Buddhist celebration of the human potential for altruism, empathy, and compassion. Resulting from a meeting between the Dalai Lama, leading Western scholars, and a group of Tibetan monks, this volume includes excerpts from these extraordinary dialogues as well as engaging essays exploring points of difference and overlap between the two perspectives.
  

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Very interesting book illustrating the way both Tibetan monks and western scientists view compassion. Some parts might be a little confusing if you have trouble with math or symbols since the author in ch 4 explains certain ideas in a mathematical/scientific way. Overall good read and if you want to learn more about compassion I suggest you read the mindful path to self compassion by Dr. Germer 

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Contents

Training the Mind First Steps in a CrossCultural Collaboration in Neuroscientific Research
3
A Science of Compassion or a Compassionate Science? What Do We Expect from a CrossCultural Dialogue with Buddhism?
18
Is Compassion An Emotion? A CrossCultural Exploration of Mental Typologies
31
Kindness and Cruelty in Evolution
46
Understanding Our Fundamental Nature
66
Dialogues Part I Fundamental Questions
81
SOCIAL BEHAVIORAL AND BIOLOGICAL EXPLORATIONS OF ALTRUISM COMPASSION AND RELATED CONSTRUCTS
105
Toward a Biology of Positive Affect and Compassion
107
EmpathyRelated Emotional Responses Altruism and Their Socialization
131
Emergency Helping Genocidal Violence and the Evolution of Responsibility and Altruism in Children
165
Altruism in Competitive Environments
182
Pragmatic Extensions and Applications
213
About the Mind and Life Institute
247
Index
253
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