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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: Daniel Goleman Narrator: Ed Levin Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Buddhist philosophy tells us that all personal unhappiness and interpersonal conflict lie in the three poisons: craving, anger, and delusion. It also provides antidotes of astonishing psychological sophistication - which are now being confirmed by modern neuroscience. With new high-tech devices, scientists can peer inside the brain centers that calm the inner storms of rage and fear. They also can demonstrate that awareness-training strategies such as meditation strengthen emotional stability - and greatly enhance our positive moods.

The distinguished panel members report these recent findings and debate an exhilarating range of other topics: What role do destructive emotions play in human evolution? Are they hardwired in our bodies? Are they universal, or does culture determine how we feel? How can we nurture the compassion that is also our birthright? We learn how practices that reduce negativity have also been shown to bolster the immune system. Here, too, is an enlightened proposal for a school-based program of social and emotional learning that can help our children increase self-awareness, manage their anger, and become more empathetic.

Throughout, these provocative ideas are brought to life by the play of personalities, by the Dalai Lama's probing questions, and by his surprising sense of humor. Although there are no easy answers, these dialogues, which are part of a series sponsored by the Mind and Life Institute, chart an ultimately hopeful course. They are sure to spark discussion among educators, religious and political leaders, parents - and all people who seek peace for themselves and the world.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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