Visions of Compassion: Western Scientists and Tibetan Buddhists Examine Human Nature by Richard J. DavidsonVisions of Compassion: Western Scientists and Tibetan Buddhists Examine Human Nature by Richard J. Davidson

Visions of Compassion: Western Scientists and Tibetan Buddhists Examine Human Nature

EditorRichard J. Davidson, Anne Harrington

Hardcover | October 15, 2001

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This book examines how Western behavioral science--which has generally focused on negative aspects of human nature--holds up to cross-cultural scrutiny, in particular the Tibetan Buddhist celebration of the human potential for altruism, empathy, and compassion. Resulting from a meetingbetween the Dalai Lama, leading Western scholars, and a group of Tibetan monks, this volume includes excerpts from these extraordinary dialogues as well as engaging essays exploring points of difference and overlap between the two perspectives.
Richard J. Davidson is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin. He is co-author or editor of seven books and is a Core Member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mind-Body Interactions. Anne Harrington is Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. She is the Associate Director...
Title:Visions of Compassion: Western Scientists and Tibetan Buddhists Examine Human NatureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.29 × 6.18 × 1.18 inPublished:October 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019513043X

ISBN - 13:9780195130430

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Table of Contents

ContributorsPart 1: Historical and Philosophical Background1. Zara Houshmound et al.: Training the Mind: First Steps in a Cross-Cultural Collaboration in Neuroscientific Research2. Anne Harrington: The Thing Known or the Knowing Eye? Conceiving Compassion between Science and Buddhism3. Georges Dreyfus: Is Compassion an Emotion? A Cross-Cultural Exploration of Mental Typologies4. Elliott Sober: Kindness and Cruelty in Evolution5. His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Understanding Our Fundamental NatureDialogues, Part 1: Fundamental QuestionsPart 2: Social, Behavioral, and Biological Explorations of Altruism, Compassion, and Related Constructs6. Richard Davidson: Toward a Biology of Positive Affect and Compassion7. Nancy Eisenberg: Empathy-Related Emotional Responses, Altruism, and Their Socialization8. Ervin Staub: Emergency Helping, Genocidal Violence, and the Evolution of Responsibility and Altruism9. Robert H. Frank: Altruism in Competitive EnvironmentsDialogues, Part 2: Pragmatic Extensions and ApplicationsAppendix: About the Mind and Life InstituteIndex

Editorial Reviews

"This is a work that will be accessible for undergraduates and graduates with an interest in ethics, altruism, Buddhist spiritual practice, evolutions, and neuro-psychologyThe essays are fully referenced, serving as a valuable resource for further reflectionI heartily recommend this work toindividuals interested in the emerging dialogue among religion, spirituality and science."--Religious Studies Review, Harvey B. Aronson