The Dalai Lama will be in Ottawa on April 28

…which is why I thought it may be a good time to look at “Emotional Awareness: Overcoming The Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion”, a book that I’ve been keeping in my pile of books to read.

The book is an account of conversations between Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, and Paul Ekman, PhD., who discuss emotions, from various perspectives, such as philosophy, science, spirituality and ethics. Focus is given to topics that address issues such as managing emotions, anger and forgiveness and, most of all, compassion. Here’s an audio excerpt  from those conversations.

The book has a certain level of organization based on polarities such as East vs. West, biology vs. spirituality, destruction vs. construction and anger vs. compassion. And although I have a philosophical bend to my mind and respect the level of knowledge of both of these men, I found that you need to be really interested in the nitty-gritty of the topics discussed and that, often, points that were being made were left wide open, questions were raised and not quite answered.

This book has much to offer, but will not likely be enjoyed by the layman.


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