Emotional Awareness Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion

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  • Copyright: 3/31/2009
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
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Two leading thinkers engage in a landmark conversation about human emotions and the pursuit of psychological fulfillmentAt their first meeting, a remarkable bond was sparked between the Dalai Lama, one of the world's 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 of our emotional lives.In this unparalleled series of conversations, the Dalai Lama and Ekman push toward answers to the central questions of emotional experience. What are the sources of hate and compassion? What does science reveal about Buddhist meditation, and what can Buddhism gain from the scientific method? Here, they invite us to join them in an unfiltered view of two great traditions and two great minds.Accompanied by commentaries on emotion research and Buddhist teachings, their interplayamusing, challenging, eye-opening, and movingguides us on a transformative journey in the understanding of emotions.

Author Biography

Tenzin Gyatzo, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the temporal and spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism and the head of the Tibetan government in exile. The author of The Art of Happiness, among other books, he resides in Dharamsala, India.

Paul Ekman is the world’s foremost expert on facial expressions, a professor emeritus at the University of California in San Francisco, and the author of Emotions Revealed. He has served as an adviser to police departments, antiterrorism groups, and animation studios, and Ekman’s research inspired Lie to Me, the FOX TV series. He lives in northern California.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
East and Westp. 1
Two Traditions
Science, Religion, and Truth
The Filter of Moods
When Emotions Are Destructive
Attachment and Control
The Poverty of Emotional Language
Experiencing Emotionp. 36
What Are Emotions?
Obstacles to Constructive Emotional Experiences
Calming Difficult People
The Refractory Period
Emotional Scripts
Emotional Balancep. 78
Meditative Practice
How High the Bar
The Startle and the Buffer
Forgiveness and Responsibility
Anger, Resentment, and Hatredp. 108
Preparing for Anger
Expressing Anger
The Varieties of Anger
The Actor and the Act
The Relatives of Anger
Motivating Anger
The Nature of Compassionp. 139
Defining Compassion
Compassion from an Evolutionary Perspective
Animal Intelligence
Unbiased Compassion
Cultivating Consciousness
The Balance of Wisdom and Compassion
Empathy, Intelligence, and Wisdom
Global Compassionp. 185
Extending the Limits of Compassion
Releasing Resentments
Learning Altruism
Achieving Emotional Balance
Gratitude and Rejoicing
Mental Training Gymnasiums
Personal Transformationp. 226
Changing the Experience of Emotion
The Mystery of Goodness
The Path of Reason
Notesp. 245
Acknowledgmentsp. 251
Indexp. 253
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