Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion

Version: Abridged
Author: Paul Ekman , Dalai Lama
Narrator: Richard Gere
Genres: Non-Fiction, Self Development, Buddhism, Psychology
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: December 2008
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 27 minutes
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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.

Reviews (1)

Emotional Awareness

Written by Renae on August 13th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I was looking forward to listening to this book since the topic interests me. However, the Author of this book chose to use the raw footage of the taped conversations he had with the Dalai Lama, which are littled with background noises, poor sound quality, and the Dalai's struggle with the English Language. It is very distracting from the message of the book and I had to stop listening after a few minutes. I might purchase an inexpensive copy of the written book, although I don't know where I would find the time to read it, since I use my driving time to listen to the books I am interested in. I recommend that the Author reproduce this audiobook by transcribing and narrating relevant the parts of his conversations with the Dalai in with a clearer voice.

Author Details

Author Details

Ekman, Paul

Paul Ekman, director of Paul Ekman Group, is the author of Emotions Revealed, Emotional Awareness (coauthored with the Dalai Lama), and twelve other books. The FOX series Lie to Me is based on his research. A professor emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco, he lives in the Bay area.

, Dalai Lama

ANI PACHEN lives in Dharamsala, India, where she devotes her time to her spiritual practices. She has chosen Dharamsala as her home in order to be near the Dalai Lama and his Tibetan Government in Exile. She continues to take part in demonstrations for a free Tibet, and speaks to people from around
the world who have conic to hear her story. She has become a heroine in the Tibetan community.
ADELAIDE DONNELLEY lives in Berkeley, California, near her two sons. She has worked as a psychologist, photographer, and write and has recently completed work on Boundary Water, a memoir. She and An