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Destructive Emotions: and how we overcome them - a dialogue with the Dalai Lama
In March 2000 a group of world-class scientists and philosophers sat down with the Dalai Lama to discuss the question of destructive emotions and how and where they originate from. In this illuminating commentary on the ensuing exchange, Daniel Goleman, author of the international bestseller Emotional Intelligence reports on the breakthrough research this historic gathering inspired.
Bringing together ancient Buddhist wisdom and recent breakthroughs in a wide variety of fields from neuroscience to child development, Daniel Goleman's new book offers fresh insights into how we can recognize and transform the destructive emotions that pose grave dangers to our individual and collective fate.
Out of a week long discussion between the Dalai Lama and leading figures from the worlds of neuroscience and psychology, Daniel Goleman weaves together a compelling narrative account of what the destructive emotions are, where they come from, how the child and then the adult brain is shaped, how these destructive emotions (craving, anger and delusion, known in Buddhism as the three poisons) can be transformed and how they must be transformed if they are not to threaten humanity's collective safety and its future.
About the Author:
Daniel Goleman, PhD, covers the behavioural and brain sciences for the New York Times and his articles appear throughout the world in syndication. His previous books include Vital Lies, Simple Truths, The Meditative Mind, Emotional Intelligence and Working with Emotional Intelligence.
Foreword by His Holiness, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Prologue: A Challenge for Humanity
A SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATION
1) The Lama in the Lab
2) A Natural Scientist
DAY ONE: WHAT ARE DESTRUCTIVE EMOTIONS
3) The Western Perspective
4) A Buddhist Psychology
5) The Anatomy of Mental Afflictions
DAY TWO: FEELINGS IN EVERYDAY LIFE
6) The Universality of Emotion
7) Cultivating Emotional Balance
DAY THREE: WINDOWS INTO THE BRAIN
8) The Neuroscience of Emotion
9) Our Potential for Change
DAY FOUR: MASTERING EMOTIONAL SKILLS
10) The Influence of Culture
11) Schooling for the Good Heart
12) Encouraging Compassion
DAY FIVE: REASONS FOR OPTIMISM
13) The Scientific Study of Consciousness
14) The Protean Brain
Afterword: The Journey Continues
About the Participants
About the Mind and Life Institute