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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: January 2003 ISBN:
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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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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
Author Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman, a former science journalist for the New York Times, is the author of thirteen books and lectures frequently to professional groups and business audiences and on college campuses. He cofounded the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning at the Yale University Child Studies Center (now at the University of Illinois, at Chicago).