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.