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Visions of Compassion

Edited by Richard J. Davidson and Anne Harrington

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195130430
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847327 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130430.001.0001
Visions of Compassion

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This book examines how Western behavioral science — which has generally focused on negative aspects of human nature — holds up to cross-cultural scrutiny, in particular the Tibetan Buddhist celebration of the human potential for altruism, empathy, and compassion. Resulting from a meeting between the Dalai Lama, leading Western scholars, and a group of Tibetan monks, this volume includes excerpts from these dialogues as well as engaging chapters exploring points of difference and overlap between the two perspectives.

Keywords: Western behavioral science; cross-cultural; Tibetan Buddhist celebration; altruism; empathy; compassion

Book.  276 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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