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

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

by Richard J. Davidson
     
 

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

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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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ISBN-13:
9780195130430
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Part 1: Historical and Philosophical Background
1. Training the Mind: First Steps in a Cross-Cultural Collaboration in Neuroscientific Research, Zara Houshmound et al.
2. The Thing Known or the Knowing Eye? Conceiving Compassion between Science and Buddhism, Anne Harrington
3. Is Compassion an Emotion? A Cross-Cultural Exploration of Mental Typologies, Georges Dreyfus
4. Kindness and Cruelty in Evolution, Elliott Sober
5. Understanding Our Fundamental Nature, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Dialogues, Part 1: Fundamental Questions
Part 2: Social, Behavioral, and Biological Explorations of Altruism, Compassion, and Related Constructs
6. Toward a Biology of Positive Affect and Compassion, Richard Davidson
7. Empathy-Related Emotional Responses, Altruism, and Their Socialization, Nancy Eisenberg
8. Emergency Helping, Genocidal Violence, and the Evolution of Responsibility and Altruism, Ervin Staub
9. Altruism in Competitive Environments, Robert H. Frank
Dialogues, Part 2: Pragmatic Extensions and Applications
Appendix: About the Mind and Life Institute
Index

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