Buddhist philosophy tells us that all personal unhappiness and interpersonal conflict lie in the "three poisons": craving, anger, and delusion. It also provides antidotes of astonishing psychological sophistication - which are now being confirmed by modern neuroscience. With new high-tech devices, scientists can peer inside the brain centers that calm the inner storms of rage and fear. They also can demonstrate that awareness-training strategies such as meditation strengthen emotional stability - and greatly enhance our positive moods.
The distinguished panel members report these recent findings and debate an exhilarating range of other topics: What role do destructive emotions play in human evolution? Are they "hardwired" in our bodies? Are they universal, or does culture determine how we feel? How can we nurture the compassion that is also our birthright? We learn how practices that reduce negativity have also been shown to bolster the immune system. Here, too, is an enlightened proposal for a school-based program of social and emotional learning that can help our children increase self-awareness, manage their anger, and become more empathetic.
Throughout, these provocative ideas are brought to life by the play of personalities, by the Dalai Lama's probing questions, and by his surprising sense of humor. Although there are no easy answers, these dialogues, which are part of a series sponsored by the Mind and Life Institute, chart an ultimately hopeful course. They are sure to spark discussion among educators, religious and political leaders, parents - and all people who seek peace for themselves and the world.
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A friend called me today and asked if I could recommend something that might help her with the anger she has been struggling with? Without hesitation I referred her to this book in the audio format.
It has been well over a decade since I stumbled onto Daniel Goldman's dialogue with the Dalai Lama and a host of brilliant personalities. Although the neuroscience that was presented (in an engaging thought provoking style), was just in it's infancy at the turn of the millennium, the insight of the narrative dialogue tapped into well over a millennium of searching for peace, that had and still remains absent for an overwhelming majority of westerners.
Reaching back through history to be human has always meant an inevitable struggle with our inner voice. Regardless of the Scientific how or the Philosophical why, the insight contained in this remarkable meeting of west and east illuminates the path to inner peace through self awareness.
Interesting subject matter, poor storytelling
I'm keenly interested in topics related to the Dalai Lama. Intrigued by the description of this book - I bought it. Alas, it's written as if it's an article for Scientific American. The approach, findings, and learnings are interesting - but it's a tough "listen" as the writing style doesn't lend itself easily to audio format.