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.” Since then the two have spent over 50 hours in one-on-one dialogue. Many hours of conversation have been filmed, and edited, with Ekman’s commentary. Highlights of their conversations can be found in Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Minding Emotions.
Their most recent dialogue took place at Tibet House in New Delhi, India during January of 2012. Dr. Ekman is editing the video from those discussions and will be posting regular “webisodes” on this site, in addition to authoring an ebook entitled Moving Toward Global Compassion. Find out when the webisodes will available by signing up for our newsletter below.
Moving Toward 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.