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Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Emotional Balance and Compassion | [Paul Ekman, Dalai Lama]

Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Emotional Balance and Compassion

At their first meeting, a remarkable bond was sparked between His Holiness the Dalai Lama, one of the world's most revered spiritual leaders, and the psychologist Paul Ekman, whose groundbreaking work helped to define the science of emotions. Now these two luminaries share their thinking about science and spirituality, the bonds between East and West, and the nature and quality of our emotional lives.
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Publisher's Summary

Two leading thinkers engage in a landmark conversation about human emotions and the pursuit of psychological fulfillment.

At their first meeting, a remarkable bond was sparked between His Holiness the Dalai Lama, one of the world's most revered spiritual leaders, and the psychologist Paul Ekman, whose groundbreaking work helped to define the science of emotions. Now these two luminaries share their thinking about science and spirituality, the bonds between East and West, and the nature and quality of our emotional lives.

In this unparalleled series of conversations, the Dalai Lama and Ekman prod and push toward answers to the central questions of emotional experience. What are the sources of hate and compassion? Should a person extend her compassion to a torturer - and would that even be biologically possible? What does science reveal about the benefits of Buddhist meditation, and can Buddhism improve through engagement with the scientific method? As they come to grips with these issues, they invite us to join them in an unfiltered view of two great traditions and two great minds.

Accompanied by commentaries on the findings of emotion research and the teachings of Buddhism, their interplay - amusing, challenging, eye-opening, and moving - guides us on a transformative journey in the understanding of emotions.

©2008 His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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    Martin Denver, CO, USA 04-21-10
    Martin Denver, CO, USA 04-21-10
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    "Emotional intelligence!"

    I have a decided bias in favor of the audible books that are read by the author, versus those that are read by a 'professional.' So here you have the voice of Paul Ekman, the author, and his meeting with the Dalai Lama. Psychology professor Paul Ekman is renowned for his study of body language and facial expressions. His narration of the transcript of meetings between himself and the spiritual leader the Dalai Lama explores much of his research as seen through the eyes of His Holiness. Actor Richard Gere plays the part of the Dalai Lama in most of the conversations, using a strange, halting impression. Much of the information is insightful and entertaining. This audiobook is recommended for anyone who would like to eavesdrop on these two fascinating individuals and is a wonderful way to experience the material.

    Emotions unite and divide the worlds in which we live, both personal and global, motivating the best and the worst of our actions. They save our lives, enabling quick action in emergencies. Yet how we behave when we are emotional can make our lives, and the lives of those we care about, miserable. Without emotions there would be no heroism, empathy, or compassion, but neither would there be cruelty, selfishness, nor spite. Bringing different perspectives to bear;Eastern and Western, spirituality and science, Buddhism and psychology;the Dalai Lama and I sought to clarify these contradictions and illuminate some paths that might enable a balanced emotional life and a feeling of compassion that can reach across the globe.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa St. Paul, MN, USA 03-27-09
    Lisa St. Paul, MN, USA 03-27-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Ego run riot"

    There is the potential for some interesting insights in the premise for this book. But the author clearly approaches Buddhist wisdom as a scientist would examining primitive insights into cosmology. He holds his ideas in high esteem and looks for confirmation of them by the Dalai Lama, but has little interest in modifying them based on anything the Dalai Lama might have to say. The fact that the author reads his own material just accentuates the egotism evident in the text, and is very distracting. Too bad, could have been great.

    14 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Elsa Lakebay, WA, United States 09-25-12
    Elsa Lakebay, WA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    It was sometimes confusing to tell who's thoughts were being portrayed because there was a third voice that chimmed in from time to time but if you are interested in human emotions this is an incredible opportunity to get some very valuable knowledge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chrissie Johannesburg, South Africa 02-18-12
    Chrissie Johannesburg, South Africa 02-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Made me think"
    If you could sum up Emotional Awareness in three words, what would they be?

    Made me think


    What did you like best about this story?

    I can broaden one's point of view.


    Did Richard Gere do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    It didn't sound like it was one guy talking the whole way through?


    What did you learn from Emotional Awareness that you would use in your daily life?

    address the issue not the person and work on being compassionate.


    Any additional comments?

    Initially I thought

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chester Mount Shasta, CA, United States 02-13-12
    Chester Mount Shasta, CA, United States 02-13-12
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    "Amazing insight into the human emotional realm"
    If you could sum up Emotional Awareness in three words, what would they be?

    Humble, Intelligent, Clear


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    HH The Dalai Lama, it's obvious why.


    What about Richard Gere’s performance did you like?

    His voice is familiar and easy to follow.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Everything written by HH The Dalai Lama is amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Desarae QUINCY, WA, United States 12-05-12
    Desarae QUINCY, WA, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2010

    Designer. Aviation Enthusiast. Fitness Instructor. Love books. Prefer long series with happy endings in mystery, comedy, fantasy, & romance.

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    "Educationally Interested but a tough Listen"
    Would you try another book from Paul Ekman and Dalai Lama and/or Richard Gere?

    I adore Richard Gere and enjoy studying Paul Ekman's work but this was rather hard to listen to. It's very solitary not funny and remnant of sitting in a monotone college lecture.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More antidotes, a story line that can bring you in to make an analogy of the science behind the work. It just needs something to pull you in. It's very hard to understand the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman talking but interesting to hear their world views. I was hoping to learn more about Paul Ekman's work and how it works.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It's a little monotone.


    Did Emotional Awareness inspire you to do anything?

    No


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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