The Dalai Lama and Dr. Paul Ekman present:
Developing Global Compassion: Webisode Series
The Dalai Lama and Dr. Paul Ekman present:
Developing Global Compassion: Webisode Series
Over the last decade, Paul Ekman has had the opportunity to spend close to 50 hours in one-on-one conversations with the Dalai Lama. The content from their first dialogue was published in the book Emotional Awareness (2008). During their most recent meeting in New Delhi, India, (January 2012) they spent another 6 hours discussing compassion; this exchange was recorded and segmented into many different webisodes for our series called Developing Global Compassion. We will release and archive a new webisode every 2 weeks beginning June 9th through December 2014. You can read part of the transcribed conversation and discover how the Dalai Lama responded to Ekman’s thinking in the last chapter of his new book Moving Toward Global Compassion. A special thank you to John Cleese for his involvement with the Dalai Lama and participation in this project.
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First in a series of webisodes – excerpts from Dr. Ekman’s conversation with the Dalai Lama.
The 20th century saw humanity make huge advances such as the automobile and the internet. But violence and suffering remain prevalent and wide-spread. Moral principles have become corrupted in the modern world. Moral ethics must be taught through modern education.
Dr. Ekman and the Dalai Lama define global challenges that affect all of us and how we might begin to answer those challenges. They identify commonalities that unite every human being and how to introduce change and move closer towards global compassion.
Second in a series of webisodes – excerpts from Dr. Ekman’s conversation with the Dalai Lama.
Dr. Ekman and the Dalai Lama examine the relationship between a calm mind and warm-heartedness and the necessary conditions for compassion. They create a syllabus of warm-heartedness – by bringing to bear love and respect, little room is left for anger, hatred, or fear.
Dr. Ekman and the Dalai Lama propose a map of emotions people may use to understand themselves better, cultivate a calm mind, and best employ their natural intelligence. Dr. Ekman describes the distinctions of compassion and how they may provide specific paths to global compassion.
Third in a series of webisodes – excerpts from Dr. Ekman’s conversations with the Dalai Lama.
Dr. Ekman and the Dalai Lama examine the different types of compassion, the relationship between them, and the importance of unbiased compassion.
For true compassion, practice of detachment is required. True compassion is not only extended to your friends, but your enemies as well.
Watch the Dalai Lama break down the difference between biased and unbiased compassion. Find out the pathway towards unbiased compassion for all living beings.
Fourth in a series of webisodes — excerpts from Dr. Ekman’s conversations with the Dalai Lama.
Dr. Ekman and the Dalai Lama compare and contrast proximal and distal compassion.
Dr. Ekman recalls how each type of compassion was involved in raising his own children — whether by acting to help alleviate their suffering by providing immediate emotional support, or finding ways to prevent suffering in the future, such as arranging vaccinations and education.
Learn the differences between proximal and distal compassion and how they may apply to your everyday life.
Fifth in a series of webisodes — excerpts from Dr. Ekman’s conversations with the Dalai Lama.
Dr. Ekman and the Dalai Lama examine what motivates compassion, whether it may be for the approval of others, the betterment of one’s self, or with any benefit whatsoever to the self.
Dr. Ekman and the Dalai Lama compare “worldly concerns” with Dr. Ekman’s paraphrasing of Darwin: “We act with distal compassion so others may approve of us.”
The Dalai Lama describes genuine concern of others’ well-being should not involve one’s own interest. Wanting to become a buddha yourself may seem like selfish motivation – however, “wishing for buddhahood” is to make yourself completely accessible to others, making available all of your capabilities for others.
Sixth in a series of webisodes — excerpts from Dr. Ekman’s conversations with the Dalai Lama.
Dr. Ekman and the Dalai Lama speak about Compassionate Joy – compassion that comes from helping others. They explore the foundational building blocks found in all of mankind that pushes us to act compassionately.
Learn about the by-products of compassion, human’s unlearned reinforcement, and how to use your ego to destroy ego to become more compassionate every day.
Seventh in a series of Webisodes — excerpts from Dr. Ekman’s conversations with the Dalai Lama.
Dr. Ekman discusses the need for a new entertainment array for children – T.V. shows, films and games designed for kids ages 5-15 which emphasize collaboration, compassion, and cooperation.
As discussed in Webisode 5, distal compassion is intrinsically pleasurable to human beings – we enjoy helping others and see others be helped. The same principle is a building block for a new category of entertainment for children that may instill global compassion on a massive level.
The Dalai Lama and Dr. Ekman discuss potential pitfalls and the best way to begin creating entertainment for children.
Eighth in a series of webisodes — excerpts from Dr. Ekman’s conversations with the Dalai Lama.
Dr. Ekman and the Dalai Lama discuss the importance of educating the younger generation about achieving inner peace to feel compassion towards all people.
The Dalai Lama speaks about the emphasis of money and power in the thoughts of many who are full of suspicion and hatred, and how it has tainted some of humanity’s most amazing accomplishments.
Dr. Ekman and the Dalai Lama agree compassion is a natural emotion all humans feel. While we may enjoy seeing our enemies suffer, the majority of humans feel an instinctual sense of compassion towards others’ suffering.
Ninth in a series of webisodes — excerpts from Dr. Ekman’s conversations with the Dalai Lama.
Dr. Ekman and the Dalai Lama explore why some people are more motivated than others to be compassion toward strangers.
The Dalai Lama explains that while we will never motivate 100% of the human population, we can still build a compassionate world.
The Dalai Lama demonstrates how global compassion must come from universal education, not religion.
Tenth in a series of webisodes — excerpts from Dr. Ekman’s conversations with the Dalai Lama.
Dr. Ekman and the Dalai Lama examine those who are exceptionally compassionate. We call them exceptional because of how few truly selfless people are amongst us.
Dr. Ekman and the Dalai Lama agree with more education, especially from a young age, we can produce more altruistic people and the exceptional can be come the norm.
Eleventh in a series of webisodes — excerpts from Dr. Ekman’s conversations with the Dalai Lama.
Dr. Ekman and the Dalai Lama discuss how strong actions can still take place when your mind is calm.
The Dalai Lama explains how the destroyer of a calm mind is fear, anger, and greed and that it blocks you from having a holistic and realistic view on things.
Twelfth in a series of webisodes — excerpts from Dr. Ekman’s conversations with the Dalai Lama.
Dr. Ekman and the Dalai Lama discuss how a compassionate and open mind reduces inner fear as well as the fear of others.
The Dalai Lama explains how compassion is a method to bring about self-confidence and a calm mind, which can only be achieved through training.
Thirteenth in a series of webisodes – excerpts from Dr. Ekman’s conversations with the Dalai Lama.
Dr. Ekman discusses how the seed of compassion, from parent to offspring, is a building block to global compassion. It’s a way for us to see the whole world as our children.
Dr. Ekman illustrates the need for a motivation and a goal for global compassion.
Why isn’t everyone concerned about the welfare of all people, everywhere? Is global compassion a gift, like musical talent , a virtue of the few? Or might we all have the potential for global compassion within us, dormant? Moving Toward Global Compassion explores these possibilities, and offers a new take on empathy and altruism. In the closing chapter the Dalai Lama discusses these ideas with Ekman.
The Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman share their thinking about how to avoid destructive emotional episodes and maximize constructive emotional experience by cultivating awareness of our impulses and feelings of the moment.
Paul Ekman has had the honor of developing a unique relationship with the Dalai Lama of Tibet. Their friendship is a true meeting of minds, a deep camaraderie meshed with an eager inquiry into truth, and an earnest attempt to create a lasting bridge between East and West. The two met first in March of 2000 in Dharamsala, India. Traveling at the invitation of the Mind & Life Institute, Dr. Ekman was to participate in the eighth of a series of private dialogues between the Dalai Lama and preeminent western scientists. As it turns out, that particular visit was to alter the course of Ekman’s life. In conversation with the Dalai Lama, Ekman had a “transformational experience.”