*Why do probably rational, clever humans devote acts of cruelty and violence?
*What are the basis motives of damaging behavior?
*How will we regulate the sentiments that force those impulses?
*Can we discover ways to dwell at peace with ourselves and others?
Imagine sitting with the Dalai Lama in his deepest assembly room with a small workforce of world-class scientists and philosophers. the debate is energetic and engaging as those best minds grapple with age-old questions of compelling modern urgency. Daniel Goleman, the across the world bestselling writer of Emotional Intelligence, presents the illuminating commentary—and stories at the step forward study this historical accumulating inspired.
Buddhist philosophy tells us that every one own disappointment and interpersonal clash lie within the “three poisons”: yearning, anger, and myth. It additionally presents antidotes of mind-blowing mental sophistication--which at the moment are being proven by means of glossy neuroscience. With new high-tech units, scientists can peer contained in the mind facilities that calm the internal storms of rage and worry. additionally they can show that awareness-training techniques reminiscent of meditation improve emotional stability—and significantly improve our confident moods.
The extraordinary panel participants record those fresh findings and debate an exciting diversity of alternative subject matters: What position do damaging feelings play in human evolution? Are they “hardwired” in bodies? Are they common, or does tradition make certain how we suppose? How will we nurture the compassion that also is our birthright? We find out how practices that lessen negativity have additionally been proven to reinforce the immune process. right here, too, is an enlightened idea for a school-based application of social and emotional studying that could support our kids bring up self-awareness, deal with their anger, and develop into extra empathetic.
Throughout, those provocative principles are delivered to existence through the play of personalities, through the Dalai Lama’s probing questions, and through his awesome humorousness. even though there aren't any effortless solutions, the dialogues, that are a part of a chain backed via the brain and lifestyles Institute, chart an eventually hopeful path. they're certain to spark dialogue between educators, non secular and political leaders, parents—and every body who search peace for themselves and the world.
The brain and lifestyles Institute sponsors cross-cultural dialogues that collect the Dalai Lama and different Buddhist students with Western scientists and philosophers. Mind and existence VIII, on which this publication is predicated, came about in Dharamsala, India, in March 2000.
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