Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama


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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.

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Sep 1, 2007

I must begin by saying I have not read the last half of this book. Reading the first half, I gained a strong impression that both the western scientists and the eastern Buddhists were over desperate in seeking consensus. I happen to believe that a consensus is possible, perhaps inevitable. European religion and European science have reached an impasse that seems irreconcilable. Buddhism has reconciled that impasse for me. However, I would be much more satisfied by this book if the Buddhists and the scientists were fighting it out instead of agreeing so easily. Buddhist psychology is based on different assumptions than western psychology. I am not satisfied to note that they have reached convergent conclusions. I am far more interested in proof that the convergence is not coincidence.

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