Paul Ekman has had the honor of developing a unique relationship with The Dalai Lama of Tibet. Their relationship has been a true meeting of minds, a deep friendship with an eager inquiry into truth, an earnest attempt at a lasting bridge between East and West.The two met first in March 2000 in Dharamsala, India. Dr. Ekman arrived upon the invitation of the Mind and Life Institute; he was to participate in the eighth of a series of private dialogues between the Dalai Lama and preeminent western scientists. Dr. Ekman had a transformational experience in conversation with the Dalai Lama and they have since spent over 60 hours in one-on-one dialogue. At Ekman’s instigation, they spent nearly 40 hours in conversation between April 2006 and June 2007. Edited with Ekman’s commentary, their discussion is set out in Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Minding Emotions, an audio/video download of conversation highlights. The most recent dialogue occurred at the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala in January 2012. Dr. Ekman is editing the video from those discussions for posting on this site, and is developing a new eBook entitled Global Compassion.
Two leading thinkers engage in a landmark conversation about human emotions and the pursuit of psychological fulfillment.
In 2008, The Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman published a book together. It contains an annotated set of some of their fascinating conversations.
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Highlights from the conversations between the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman on Emotions and Compassion. In the series of dialogues captured in the book Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman explore the nature of emotions and compassion.