Visions of Compassion: Western Scientists and Tibetan Buddhists Examine Human Nature

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Richard J. Davidson, Anne Harrington
Oxford University Press, Dec 6, 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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SOCIAL BEHAVIORAL AND BIOLOGICAL EXPLORATIONS OF ALTRUISM COMPASSION AND RELATED CONSTRUCTS
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About the Mind and Life Institute
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Richard J. Davidson is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin. He is co-author or editor of seven books and is a Core Member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mind-Body Interactions. Anne Harrington is Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. She is the Associate Director of the Harvard University Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative and a Core Member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mind-Body Interactions.

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