By Daniel Goleman
*Why do doubtless rational, clever humans devote acts of cruelty and violence?
*What are the foundation motives of damaging behavior?
*How do we keep watch over the feelings that force those impulses?
*Can we discover ways to stay at peace with ourselves and others?
Imagine sitting with the Dalai Lama in his deepest assembly room with a small crew of world-class scientists and philosophers. the debate is full of life and interesting as those major minds grapple with age-old questions of compelling modern urgency. Daniel Goleman, the the world over bestselling writer of Emotional Intelligence, presents the illuminating commentary—and reviews at the leap forward examine this historical amassing inspired.
Buddhist philosophy tells us that every one own disappointment and interpersonal clash lie within the “three poisons”: yearning, anger, and fantasy. It additionally presents antidotes of spectacular mental sophistication--which at the moment are being proven by way 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. in addition they can reveal that awareness-training thoughts equivalent to meditation advance emotional stability--and vastly increase our optimistic moods.
The exclusive panel participants record those contemporary findings and debate a thrilling variety of different themes: What position do damaging feelings play in human evolution? Are they “hardwired” in bodies? Are they common, or does tradition be sure how we suppose? How do we nurture the compassion that also is our birthright? We find out how practices that lessen negativity have additionally been proven to strengthen the immune process. the following, too, is an enlightened inspiration for a school-based application of social and emotional studying that could aid our youngsters elevate self-awareness, deal with their anger, and turn into extra empathetic.
Throughout, those provocative principles are delivered to lifestyles by means of the play of personalities, via the Dalai Lama’s probing questions, and by way of his superb humorousness. even if there aren't any effortless solutions, the dialogues, that are a part of a chain subsidized via the brain and existence Institute, chart an finally hopeful direction. they're absolute to spark dialogue between educators, spiritual 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. brain and lifestyles VIII, on which this ebook relies, happened in Dharamsala, India, in March 2000.