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Visions of Compassion

Western Scientists and Tibetan Buddhists Examine Human Nature

Visions of Compassion by Richard J. Davidson
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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 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.
Oxford University Press; December 2001
276 pages; ISBN 9780195344059
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Title: Visions of Compassion
Author: Richard J. Davidson; Anne Harrington