It s unfortunate that this book is titled what it is It s really a book of comparative psychology philosophy of mind Western vs Buddhist It explores in detail the complex Buddhist concept of emotions afflictions, and how Western language and philosophy have framed ideas of compassion, mind, and ethics in contrasting ways A practical bridge between the mythical elusiveness of concepts like nirvana and samsara and the way that the brain actually handles emotions across cultures The scientist It s unfortunate that this book is titled what it is It s really a book of comparative psychology philosophy of mind Western vs Buddhist It explores in detail the complex Buddhist concept of emotions afflictions, and how Western language and philosophy have framed ideas of compassion, mind, and ethics in contrasting ways A practical bridge between the mythical elusiveness of concepts like nirvana and samsara and the way that the brain actually handles emotions across cultures The scientists here major innovators in their fields, and each of them have published separately Destructive Emotions Book Description Brings together ancient Buddhist wisdom and recent breakthroughs in psychology to examine destructive emotions and how to transform them From the author of the bestselling Emotional Intelligence This is not an easy read This is not the kind of material that I breezed through and I ve found that while the rational and logical aspects kept me rooted, some realizations along the way were pretty painful I read this with a journal next to me And I m not finished reading it yet The book offers a lot of self reflection and one of the most poignant takeaways I received from this is how the Dalai Lama had to take a break during one seminar when he learned that Westerners hated themselves He This is not an easy read This is not the kind of material that I breezed through and I ve found that while the rational and logical aspects kept me rooted, some realizations along the way were pretty painful I read this with a journal next to me And I m not finished reading it yet The book offers a lot of self reflection and one of the most poignant takeaways I received from this is how the Dalai Lama had to take a break during one seminar when he learned that Westerners hated themselves He never thought that anyone can be capable of that.I can read this over and over again, but in different phases of my life Really grateful for this book The structure of the book took some getting used to with its propensity for dialogues But the book holds many gems One of my favorites takes place when the Dalai Lama is asked how we re supposed to have compassion for others This is paraphrased He said the greatest example of compassion is the compassion a mother has for her child If we can take that type of compassion and focus it on all we come in contact with That is compassion That is love. The book was written as the proceedings of the eighth Mind and Life meeting, having as the main topic destructive emotions The biographies of the participants are as interesting as the topic of the discussion In order to better portrait the participants, The author also gives some short information about their lives and what motivates them in their research We are told about the Dalai Lama s childhood and his interest in science from a young age Another nice example is Jeanne Tsai, who was b The book was written as the proceedings of the eighth Mind and Life meeting, having as the main topic destructive emotions The biographies of the participants are as interesting as the topic of the discussion In order to better portrait the participants, The author also gives some short information about their lives and what motivates them in their research We are told about the Dalai Lama s childhood and his interest in science from a young age Another nice example is Jeanne Tsai, who was born in the US to Taiwanese parents She was studying how cultural influences affect emotions and self perception While reading the book I was left with the lasting impression that the scientists participating to the talk were doing this research out of altruism They were motivated by how their findings could help people have a better mental state, be happier and increase their interior well being.One of the many interesting ideas shared during the Mind and Life meeting is that mediation can lead to changes in your neural circuits In order to support this claim, Richard Davidson s research regarding mental activity of subjects with a long experience in mediation is presented.Each of the participants tried to bring their contribution to the topic being discussed Alongside scientific results, views on the Western and Buddhist philosophy regarding emotions were presented.The downside of this book was the form in which the information was organized Throughout this book it I was under the impression that the author was doing exercises on how to turn direct into indirect speech This made it quite hard to read.Before encountering this book I had almost no knowledge about Buddhism or meditation practice Although it does not give you an introduction into any of these topics, it has sparked my interest in both of them A great primer for anyone who wants to get some knowledge on neuroscience Additionally one would appreciate how the author explains on length different sections of the brains anatomy ,for many of the uninitiated it would be their first time coming across terms such as as Amygdala, Hippocampus , Frontal Lobes et al Going beyond just explaining brain anatomy , Daniel Goldman illustrates how all of these parts have a great bearing on our personalities and behavior.The book breaks through the Freu A great primer for anyone who wants to get some knowledge on neuroscience Additionally one would appreciate how the author explains on length different sections of the brains anatomy ,for many of the uninitiated it would be their first time coming across terms such as as Amygdala, Hippocampus , Frontal Lobes et al Going beyond just explaining brain anatomy , Daniel Goldman illustrates how all of these parts have a great bearing on our personalities and behavior.The book breaks through the Freudian consensus that has developed over the past century when it comes to behavior to a new paradigm.All in all a great reader for the specialist and the layman alike Unfortunately, Daniel Goleman rather gets in the way of the dialogue to which the title refers He seems muchintent on creating a Dalai Lama hagiography than presenting the reader with a pellucid transcript of the proceedings of what, to be fair, does seem to have been an amazing colloquium Notwithstanding the annoying smarminess of Goleman, the book has its moments In particular I found discussions in which neuroscience research findings were described and related to Tibetan Buddhism Unfortunately, Daniel Goleman rather gets in the way of the dialogue to which the title refers He seems muchintent on creating a Dalai Lama hagiography than presenting the reader with a pellucid transcript of the proceedings of what, to be fair, does seem to have been an amazing colloquium Notwithstanding the annoying smarminess of Goleman, the book has its moments In particular I found discussions in which neuroscience research findings were described and related to Tibetan Buddhism to be extremely interesting This book was perspective changing for me I came across this book when I was in a state of hurt and uncertainty The combination of Western science and Eastern philosophy, and how to apply both to our lives, was incredibly engaging Ifpeople read this book, I think a lot of lives would be changed. The title of the book says it all, A Scientific Dialog I should have realized that it would read like a presentation and not like the casual but informative Book of Joy It was good and I enjoyed the information, but it was just a tad too scientific for me. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Perhaps one of the most important books I have ever read I am quite impressed with the Dalai Lama and his interest in science Specially in the area of Mental Health where western psychology is failing the citizens by ignoring the science they should be knowing The Dalai Lama is not only interested in rational thinking, but in the quantitative empirical research which provides answers to important questions I too am impress with this religious leader s statement indicating that when complelin Perhaps one of the most important books I have ever read I am quite impressed with the Dalai Lama and his interest in science Specially in the area of Mental Health where western psychology is failing the citizens by ignoring the science they should be knowing The Dalai Lama is not only interested in rational thinking, but in the quantitative empirical research which provides answers to important questions I too am impress with this religious leader s statement indicating that when compleling and conclusive science evidence conflict with religios dogma, religion ought to give way to science Religious people and the population as a whole is suspetious and criticizes science, yet it is clear in their arguments that they bearly have any understanding of what they are critizing You most undestand science before you can critizice it intelligently Science have its errors, but good honest and ethical science is the best way we have to reach and be in the process of finding truths The Dalai Lama interest in neuroscience and mental health is impressive Substance Abuse treatment talks about spirituality , but it fails to provide the necessary spirit guidence for people to grow Their confrontational and punitive fashion is profoundly confused and their poor outcome is prove of its failing MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT IS NOT ABOUT TEACHING PEOPLE WHAT TO THINK, THE REAL HONEST ETHICAL TREATMENT IS TEACHING PEOPLE HOW TO THINK Substance Abuse treatment based on the 12 Step is failing the majority of it s patients It is incompetent to produce substantial amount of outcome When all fails it always have the patient to blame it on Substance Abuse treatment is great example of treatment failure The Mind Life Institute series is nothing to miss It is highly recomended Our citizens in the United States are scientifically illiterate, and I think it is about time that we start readingscience