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Visions of compassion:Western scientists and Tibetan Buddhists examine human nature.
Author Davidson, Richard J. ; Harrington, Anne
Source Oxford University Press
PublisherOxford University Press
Publisher Url
LocationLondon, England, UK [倫敦, 英格蘭, 英國]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
Keyword慈悲心=Loving Kindness=Compassion; metta;
AbstractThis book examines how the views of Western behavioral science hold up to scrutiny by Tibetan Buddhists. Resulting from a meeting between the Dalai Lama, leading Western scholars, and a group of Tibetan monks, the volume includes essays exploring points of difference and overlap between the two perspectives. Opening with the story of the extraordinary meeting in Dharamsala, India, the book then takes the reader through the best of what Western behavioral scientific tradition has to say about altruism,ethics, empathy,and compassion--looking at how different elements of this science are challenged by cross-cultural examination. In a series of essays, the participating scientists and scholars ask not only how Tibetan and Western understandings of emotion differ,but how Western behavioral science might broaden and enrich its understanding of human nature to do justice to the study of human emotions. An essay by the Dalai Lama reveals his views on human nature,offering a useful exposition of the Buddhist point of view. Also included are direct excerpts from the dialogues themselves, which are filled with intellectual intensity,moments of convergence,and frequent humor. Visions of Compassion is an extraordinary cross-cultural dialogue about our most essential natures.
Created date2003.09.19

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