Visions of Compassion

Visions of Compassion: Western Scientists and Tibetan Buddhists Examine Human Nature From the
1995 Mind and Life Conference

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

Edited by Richard J. Davidson and Anne Harrington
Oxford University Press

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 meeting between 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.  It offers both a Western and Buddhist perspective on compassion, and includes an essay by the Dalai Lama.

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