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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (832 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: The Dalai Lama, Daniel Goleman, Ph.D. Narrator: Ed Levin Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2003 ISBN: 9781593970383
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The bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence offers a front-row seat at a groundbreaking meeting between the Dalai Lama and some of the foremost scientists and philosophers in the world.

Imagine sitting with the Dalai Lama in his private meeting room with a small group of world-class scientists and philosophers. The talk is lively and fascinating, as these leading minds grapple with age-old questions of compelling contemporary urgency: Why do seemingly rational people commit acts of cruelty and violence? What are the root causes of destructive behavior? Can we learn to control the emotions that drive these impulses?

Organized by the Mind and Life Institute, this rich encounter of science and spirit, East and West, brings together cutting-edge research in neuroscience, education, and psychology with the most sophisticated Buddhist practices for transforming negative emotions. Goleman, as scientific coordinator and narrator, also reveals the personalities behind the debates as the participants develop ideas for further collaboration and research.

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  • This intelligent abridgment loses none of the author's elegant thinking, especially as read by Ed Levin, who really understands this material. The star of this audio, however, is the Dalai Lama, whose thinking spans many disciplines and encompasses the most relevant and powerful ideas today about emotional functioning. Audio File

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/16/2014

    " This book is an account of one of the fascinating annual meetings between the Dalai Lama and western scientists. There is biographical information about the participants, all of whom are at the forefront of their respective fields of research. They get into discussions about the mind - what it is, how it works. They compare Buddhist ideas about philosophy and psychology with current research into the workings of the brain. One of the interesting things was how many English words have no equivalent in the Tibetan language, and how these differences in language influence different cultures concepts of reality, thoughts and feelings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ineke | 2/8/2014

    " Een goed onderwerp, de dialogen vind ik een mindere vorm. De Amerikanen stellen vragen waar mijn tenen van krommen- doen ze dat expres voor ons, de domme lezer? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 1/31/2014

    " carries off the interdisciplinary pretty well "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yulia | 1/31/2014

    " Hm, it seems rather awkward (if not ungenerous) to write but I wouldn't recommend this book. I was very interested at first, learning that Buddhism is open to changing as science provides explanations that contradict Buddhist teachings, but this work is no more than a summary of a week-long presentation by various specialists in religion, biology and psychology on mental states that can be deemed destructive, whether in the East or West. In the course of the book, it became clear that the specialists' complete presentations weren't even provided, so the ideas covered remain vague and rushed through. Or if they were presented in full, they give little more than Power point presentations on ideas that deserve much more scrutiny and debate. Still, it does inspire me to research various forms of meditation and how they might help with anxiety, poor concentration, insomnia and frustration, topics mentioned only in passing here. Look elsewhere for true insight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Vagnetti | 1/23/2014

    " It's unfortunate that this book is titled what it is. It's really a book of comparative psychology/philosophy of mind: Western vs. Buddhist. It explores in detail the complex Buddhist concept of emotions/afflictions, and how Western language and philosophy have framed ideas of compassion, mind, and ethics in contrasting ways. A practical bridge between the mythical elusiveness of concepts like nirvana and samsara and the way that the brain actually handles emotions across cultures. The scientists here major innovators in their fields, and each of them have published separately. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabrina Braham | 1/17/2014

    " Great thinkers researchers come together to explain emotions and how some people are able to bypass destructive emotions "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 megan | 12/29/2013

    " I heart the Dali Lama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eduardo Longoria | 12/7/2013

    " It was ok... Dalai Lama's message is always good; but the format of the interview could have been better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Bleau | 11/30/2013

    " Am loving this book so far.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckinley | 10/15/2013

    " Helpful perspective on emotions and their impact along with what to do with them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 7/12/2013

    " Thought provoking. Love this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krystal | 1/12/2013

    " Everything I love, spirituality, psychology, neurology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Rossi | 12/20/2012

    " Un libro da leggere, sicuramente, e che soprattutto fa bene leggere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/17/2012

    " the group collaborating is astounding, and will be great leads for other reading to follow, e.g. Mattieu Ricard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Demetria | 11/9/2012

    " One of my favorite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 4/28/2012

    " Fantastic book- helped with clearing my mind "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 4/24/2012

    " fascinating cross-cultural discussion between western psychology leaders (including Paul Eckman, Daniel Goleman) and the Dalai Lama "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 12/14/2011

    " Some fascinating research on the brain activity and emotions initiated by the Dalai Lama with some top researchers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caylyn | 11/11/2011

    " This is a good read and a book to make you think. You don't have to take everything and make it yours but most things can be changed very easily in life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 9/9/2011

    " I picked this book up again this spring after thinking more about mindfulness and the way to cultivate more of my own positive energy and I was really drawn in by the narrative of scientist meets Dalai Lama. A great intro to Buddhism and cultural psychology while exercising self reflection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ineke | 6/10/2011

    " Een goed onderwerp, de dialogen vind ik een mindere vorm. De Amerikanen stellen vragen waar mijn tenen van krommen- doen ze dat expres voor ons, de domme lezer? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lilasvb | 12/28/2010

    " still reading it!
    and learn so much "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckinley | 10/8/2010

    " Helpful perspective on emotions and their impact along with what to do with them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/28/2010

    " REALLY interesting stuff--listened to this on tape and no better way to relax to listen to these ideas kicking around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabrina | 1/30/2010

    " Great thinkers researchers come together to explain emotions and how some people are able to bypass destructive emotions "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 1/14/2010

    " carries off the interdisciplinary pretty well "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krystal | 10/23/2009

    " Everything I love, spirituality, psychology, neurology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gonzalo | 9/8/2009

    " Excelente libro de cómo manejar nuestras emociones. Contiene tanto los últimos descubrimientos de la psicología y las neurocienciqas como las ancestrales técnicas de los lamas tibetanos y otros budistas. Lo recomiendo ampliamente aunque no he encontrado otro ejemplar para regalerlo. "

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About the Author

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born in 1935 to a peasant family in northeastern Tibet and was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor. As the world’s foremost Buddhist leader, he travels extensively, speaking eloquently in favor of ecumenical understanding, kindness and compassion, respect for the environment, and world peace. He is the author of over seventy books and has received a number of awards, honorary doctorates, and other accolades for his work.