When all fails it always have the patient to blame it on. Alongside scientific results, views on the Western and Buddhist philosophy regarding emotions were presented. As the eight-person research team briefed Oser, everyone in the room was acutely aware that they were in a bit of a race against time. 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. How might your own group discussion of Destructive Emotions mirror the one described in the book? It's not important that no final conclusions are reached as to the causes of the emotions which make us run amok or that full understanding of them eludes as yet. How do you personally define the following concepts: compassion, ethics, mood, and mindfulness? The book offers a lot of self-reflection and one of the most poignant takeaways I received from this is how the Dalai Lama had to take a break during one seminar when he learned that Westerners hated themselves.
It's a compassion with no agenda, that excludes no one. How do these experiences appear to have shaped his perspective on destructive emotions, on both personal levels his admission to an initial fear of flying and far-reaching political ones? It really brought me out of the nosedive and led to the journey of reading that A little background on me: At a time when adversity led to anger that was destroying my physical and mental health those that know me can easily locate that abyss in time , I found the book Destructive Emotions by the Dalai Lama and Daniel Goleman. I have also sent this book as a gift to several friends, I like it that much. Davidson had wanted Oser--a particularly intriguing subject--to be studied intensively with state-of-the-art brain measures. Es un diálogo entre científicos experimentales y sabios del budismo tibetano, que incluye sorprendentes experimentos de primera línea científica, que debiera Como pocos libros teóricos, Emociones Destructivas tiene la facultad de evocar emociones profundas de afecto y admiración por seres humanos visionarios en el sentido más profundo de lo que necesitamos en estos tiempos.
It can potentially improve the whole world. The Dalai Lama himself would visit the lab the very next day, and they hoped by then to have harvested at least some preliminary results to share with him. I read this with a journal next to me. Throughout, these provocative ideas are brought to life by the play of personalities, by the Dalai Lamas probing questions, and by his surprising sense of humor. It is a fascinating primer on the latest science of the mind.
Review the recommendations asserted in Destructive Emotions, including Paths, modeling compassion, embracing the tranquilizing effects of empathy and generosity, meditating especially with regard to a possible tipping point at fourteen hours , and easing the suffering of every living creature, even an insect or a fish. While it was a long read because I kept re-reading , it was worth every minute. I too am impress with this religious leader's statement indicating that when compleling and conclusive science evidence conflict with religios dogma, religion ought to give way to science. Regarding destructive emotions, there is very little in the book, which refers to 'root causes' of those emotions. The first is that it reveals a theraputic side to Buddhism that is seldom stressed. Unfortunately, this common sense answer isn't offered in the book. If you don't know anything at all about neuroscience but come at this topic from a Buddhist point of view, it will also be a delicious read.
The particular gathering that forms the basis of this book includes some fascinating characters and presents some astonishing scientific findings about the effects — the very positive effects — of meditation and spiritual practice on the human brain. One of my favorites takes place when the Dalai Lama is asked how we're supposed to have compassion for others. These very questions had been raised over the course of a remarkable five-day dialogue held the year before between the Dalai Lama and a small group of scientists and a philosopher of mind at his private quarters in Dharamsala, India. How do they manifest themselves? Substance Abuse treatment is great example of treatment failure. Years ago, thinking the Dalai Lama doesn't lead a normal life in the midst of a chaotic society, I did not study his teaching until I had a chance to read this book.
It also provides antidotes of astonishing psychological sophistication--which are now being confirmed by modern neuroscience. If so, can they transform those feelings for the ultimate improvement of humanity? This book is a remarkable culmination of what the Dalai Lama and Dan Goleman have long sought: That is, a genuine meeting of East and West. It is not a debate designed to allow the most scientifically solid idea emerge the winner. Although it does not give you an introduction into any of these topics, it has sparked my interest in both of them. Discuss the three poisons craving, anger, and delusion that Buddhist philosophy tells us are the root of all unhappiness and conflict. The work of Francisco Varela is a good example. Es un diálogo entre científicos experimentales y sabios del budismo tibetano, que incluye sorprendentes experimentos de primera línea científica, que debiera ser conocido por todas las personas que trabajan en el desarrollo de las personas, en los colegios, universidades, pero también al interior de las empresas.
With Oser's consultation, the research team agreed on a protocol where he would rotate from a resting, everyday state of mind through a sequence of several specific meditative states. The many extraordinary findings that arise from the presentations and subsequent discussions are embodied by the Dalai Lama himself, a brilliant and exacting interrogator, a natural scientist, as well as a leader committed to finding a practical means to help society. All told, those retreats add up to about two and a half years. Western psychology broad generalisation focuses too little on generating awareness of emotions and understanding of emotions. This particular edition is in a Paperback format. So, the question which never gets answered in the book is 'Within the Buddhist tradition what is the framework for making moral distinctions? The initial suggestions from the research team were for three meditative states: a visualization, one-pointed concentration, and generating compassion.
Semantics proved to be a particularly interesting facet of these multi-lingual dialogues. Since it was a logical discussion, it's not easy to give it topical coherence. We learn how practices that reduce negativity have also been shown to bolster the immune system. Having been at a similar conference with the Dalai Lama some years ago,I know how hard it is to capture the magic of this kind of encounter: the amazing openness of the Dalai Lama's mind; the pioneering sense of adventure on the part of scientists and educators as they explore meditation in the labs and translate its essence for a far-reaching audience; the depth of compassion that underlies this dialogue from all sides. The Dalai Lama is the big name star of the show, but the strong supporting cast, including psychologist Paul Ekman, philosopher Owen Flanagan, the late Francisco Varela, neuroscientist Richard Davidson, and Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard. Goleman, as scientific coordinator and narrator, also reveals the personalities behind the debates as the participants develop ideas for further collaboration and research.
How might the discussion have changed had a Hindu, Muslim, or Christian leader sat in place of the Dalai Lama during the dialogues on destructive emotions? The book was written as the proceedings of the eighth Mind and Life meeting, having as the main topic destructive emotions. 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? It brought together the more philosophical side of Buddhism which could be considered one of the world's oldest and most effective psychologies with Western psychology. All in all, I'm satisfied with the book. How does a person overcome destructive emotions? I would recommend it primarily to psychologists, teachers and all of those who want to better understand the nature of emotions and oneself so they and the whole world could be happy. Describe your own destructive emotions. The people engaged in the dialogue are great choices, but somehow when the book went to print I think the written form missed capturing the full spirit of what went on at the actual event. It was so much fun hearing the way each of these luminaries would interject with their two cents when the conversation would turn to points of cultural difference.