Visions of Compassion

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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 276 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 544.31g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 3 figures
  • 019513043X
  • 9780195130430
  • 684,035

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" . . . the most fascinating book to come my way this year." * Robert Matthews, The Sunday Telegraph *show more

About Richard J. Davidson

Richard J. Davidson is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin. He is co-author or editor of seven books and is a Core Member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mind-Body Interactions. Anne Harrington is Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. She is the Associate Director of the Harvard University Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative and a Core Member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mind-Body Interactions.show more

Table of contents

PART 1: HISTORICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL BACKGROUND; DIALOGUES, PART 1: FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS; PART 2: SOCIAL, BEHAVIORAL, AND BIOLOGICAL EXPLORATIONS OF ALTRUISM, COMPASSION, AND RELATED CONSTRUCTS; DIALOGUES, PART 2: PRAGMATIC EXTENSIONS AND APPLICATIONS; ABOUT THE MIND AND LIFE INSTITUTEshow more

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