Emotional Awareness Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion

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ISBN-13: 9780805090215
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List price: $16.99
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 3/31/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

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 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 torturerand 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 interplayamusing, challenging, eye-opening, and movingguides us on a transformative journey in the understanding of emotions.

The Dalai Lama, spiritual & political leader of the Tibetan people & a Nobel Peace Laureate, has in the last decade become a global spiritual leader whose message of universal & individual responsibility has won worldwide acclaim.

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 ofThe Art of Happiness, among other books, he resides in Dharamsala, India.Paul Ekmanis the world’s foremost expert on facial expressions, a professor emeritus at the University of California in San Francisco, and the author ofEmotions Revealed. He has served as an adviser to police departments, antiterrorism groups, and animation studios, andnbsp;Ekman’s research inspiredLie to Me,the FOX TV series.He lives in northern California.

Foreword
Introduction
East and West
Two Traditions
Science, Religion, and Truth
The Filter of Moods
When Emotions Are Destructive
Attachment and Control
The Poverty of Emotional Language
Experiencing Emotion
What Are Emotions?
Obstacles to Constructive Emotional Experiences
Calming Difficult People
Mindfulness
The Refractory Period
Emotional Scripts
Emotional Balance
Meditative Practice
How High the Bar
The Startle and the Buffer
Forgiveness and Responsibility
Anger, Resentment, and Hatred
Preparing for Anger
Expressing Anger
The Varieties of Anger
The Actor and the Act
The Relatives of Anger
Motivating Anger
The Nature of Compassion
Defining Compassion
Compassion from an Evolutionary Perspective
Animal Intelligence
Unbiased Compassion
Cultivating Consciousness
The Balance of Wisdom and Compassion
Empathy, Intelligence, and Wisdom
Global Compassion
Extending the Limits of Compassion
Releasing Resentments
Learning Altruism
Achieving Emotional Balance
Gratitude and Rejoicing
Mental Training Gymnasiums
Personal Transformation
Changing the Experience of Emotion
The Mystery of Goodness
The Path of Reason
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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