Creativity And Compassion: How They Come Together

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Compassion and creativity are discussed in a series of accessible and conversational essays based on a conference at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in which five panels of scholars, Buddhist monks, writers, musicians, artists, health professionals, and students focused on understanding how these two powerful concepts are related, with special relevance to life in the 21st century.

Topics include the following: What do the words compassion and creativity mean? How ...

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Overview

Compassion and creativity are discussed in a series of accessible and conversational essays based on a conference at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in which five panels of scholars, Buddhist monks, writers, musicians, artists, health professionals, and students focused on understanding how these two powerful concepts are related, with special relevance to life in the 21st century.

Topics include the following: What do the words compassion and creativity mean? How are creativity and compassion interrelated? Is compassion a creative process? How is compassion present in both the experience of art and the creative process of making art? Are creativity and compassion both present in the highest achievements of diverse fields-from medicine to poetry? Are there ways in which creativity and compassion may be applied in daily life, professional activities, and collective action?

These essays are being published in conjunction with a public talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in October of 2012 on the same subjects. This event also marks the start of the effort to establish the Center for the Advanced Study of Creativity and Compassion, which is a joint initiative between WCSU and Do Ngak Kunphen Ling (DNKL) Tibetan Buddhist Center for Universal Peace in Redding, Connecticut. The center's goals are to inspire, enrich, and assist the local and global communities in the ongoing creation of a more compassionate society by engaging a wide range of disciplines, including the arts, philosophy, religion, business, and contemporary culture.

This book includes essays by Geshe Tashi Tsering, Buddhist monk; Robert K. C. Forman, founding executive director of the Forge Institute for Spirituality and Social Change; Paul Hackett, Buddhist scholar; Norman Carey, director of the D.M.A. program in music performance at the CUNY Graduate Center; Peter Elbow, professor of English emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Tenzin Bhuchung, a Buddhist scholar highly specialized in translating for Tibetan Buddhist lamas; John Z. Amoroso, an established transpersonal psychotherapist and educator; and many others.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937114053
  • Publisher: Diamond Cutter Press
  • Publication date: 11/16/2012
  • Series: DNKL Presents
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,389,832
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface Robert A. F. Thurman xi

Introduction: The Origins of Our Inquiry John Briggs xvii

Part 1 What do the Words Mean?

Combining Creativity and Compassion Geshe Lobsang Dhargye 5

The Master's Question John Briggs 27

Compassion and Pity as Concepts David Capps 37

Experiencing Compassion Deborah Calloway 49

Breaking Habits Roland Merullo 55

Creativity and Compassion on the Path to Enlightenment Paul Hackett 61

Part 2 The Compassion of Art

Levels of Compassion and Art Susan Altabet 69

Natural Connections Stephen Dydo 79

Children and Genocide Jane M. Gangi 87

Artists Helping Our Species Survive Eric Lewis 97

Universal Talent Peter Jampel 107

Aesthetic Distance Norman Carey 113

Part 3 Creativity, Compassion, and the Ego

The Untamed Mind Janet Kathleen Ettele 119

The Ego's Complexes John Z. Amoroso 125

Ego and Self Fredrica R. Halligan 135

Music for Compassionate Action Barbara Hesser 145

Creativity, Compassion, and Mysticism Robert K. C. Forman 153

Part 4 The Art of Compassion

Fueling Creative Energy with Compassion and Emptiness Tenzin Bhuchung 163

The Believing Game Peter Elbow 169

In the Quiet Space of Animals Allen Schoen 179

Educating through the Five Cs Christopher L. Kukk 187

The Ambiguity of Choice Michael Joel Bosco Keith Roland 197

Compassionate Lawyering David R. Kittay 203

Part 5 Embracing the Challenges of the 21st Century

Compassion, Please, Not Niceness Edward A. Hagan 213

Active and Passive Compassion Daniel W. Barrett 225

Perspectives Michael Holm 233

Creativity and Society Bill Spontak 241

Did I Hold the Door So You Could Thank Me? Isabel "Belle" Lopes 249

The Way You Look at Life Does Matter Jessica Lin 251

Time to Nurture the Creative Heart Geshe Tashi Tsering 257

Acknowledgments 265

Contributors 267

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