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Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion Paperback – March 31, 2009
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“A rich feast for the mind… This is a singular meeting of two intellectual traditions--and two remarkable minds and hearts.” ―Daniel Goleman
“A fresh, unique exploration of many subtle issues… on psychology and Buddhism… Full of… unexpected humor and tender surprises… They gently probe each other's system of thought with striking intellectual rigor.” ―Shambhala Sun
“Their conversations touch on questions of emotional balance, anger, and the range and limits of compassion, but a brief review can hardly do justice to the range and depth of this fine book.” ―Library Journal
About the Author
Tenzin Gyatzo, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the temporal and spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism and the head of the Tibetan government in exile. The author of The Art of Happiness, among other books, he resides in Dharamsala, India.
Paul Ekman is the world's foremost expert on facial expressions, a professor emeritus at the University of California in San Francisco, and the author of Emotions Revealed. He has served as an adviser to police departments, antiterrorism groups, and animation studios, and Ekman's research inspired Lie to Me, the FOX TV series. He lives in northern California.
Top Customer Reviews
Throughout the discussion these elder gents pull in brief testimonies from social scientists or Buddhist teachers. They think up whole new directions for psychological research. It's fruitful.
This is a good book for Buddhists who want a insight from modern medicine on their practice. Also a good read for people who understand Phycology and want a to know what the whole Buddhist thing is about. Also it is a good read for anyone who is interested on how the mind works. it has some good food for thought, as well as does a good job of putting into words what is going on in our minds.
Be warned though, It is in Interview style with short essays interwoven for clarity and as they apply. it takes a little getting use to, but it is well worth it. It is like sitting down and listening to two extremely intelligent people talk at a coffee shop and having the time to look stuff up you don't get.
If you are like me, you can get through the deficits to the real gems that are inherent in the conversations. I simply can't more strongly recommend it.
Understanding your feelings and how to deal with them can foster a balanced life and happier existence.
I'll be honest—I had never heard of Paul Ekman before. I'm not a psychologist, and I have never taken a psychology course in college. I purchased this book because of the Dalai Lama's name. I did look up Paul Ekman, and he's certainly made a name for himself.
One critical review suggested that Ekman talked too much—that the book was mostly Ekman. This reviewer was only interested in what the Dalai Lama had to say. While it is true that Ekman does command much of the conversation, and it may seem a little one-side, he did come up with the agenda and questions. It's obvious that Ekman has studied and reflected upon these concepts himself. We should not discount what Ekman says simply because he is not the spiritual leader of Tibet. The whole point of their discussion was to blend science and Buddhist psychology—two very different approaches to similar concepts with a tremendous amount of overlap. From what I read, I felt Ekman was more than up to the task.
I won't say that I was riveted—the book was not a page turner. Reading this book required concentration and reflection. It was hard to wrap my head around some of the Buddhist concepts, like the mindfulness as the Dalai Lama described it. The subtleties can be tricky. So, I read perhaps five to ten pages a day.
I found the ideas interesting and relevant. When I was finished, I flipped through the pages only to realize how much pencil I used underlining and taking notes.
The only negative point of the book—for me—was that I found the interspersal of short articles throughout the book distracting.Read more ›
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One of my top 5 favorite books of all time. Very practical, light humor, highly enlightening.Published 11 days ago by Chris
A read for anyone, anywhere, any time. Yes of course it is wonderful. read it over and over. it always offers help.Published 2 months ago by sakuralin
Great book with deep advice on feelings and Buddhist way of thinking!!Published 5 months ago by D. Becerril
This is a excellent book to get you to explore your emotions.
The Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman have spent a good amount of time together and the exchange between the two is... Read more
Good insights from an Eastern approach to human emotions. Definitely worth reading.Published 10 months ago by jdd428
Some interesting, enlightening insights. It's just that there seemed to be a lot of quibbling over vocabulary and concepts between the two men. Read morePublished 10 months ago by marilyn kruse