Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Paul Ekman, Ph.D.,

Narrated By: Richard Gere

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: December 2008

Duration: 8 hours 29 minutes


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.


  • Renae

    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.

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