Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation

Visions of Compassion: Western Scientists and Tibetan Buddhists Examine Human Nature

Richard J. Davidson and Anne Harrington


This book examines how Western behavioral science — which has generally focused on negative aspects of human nature — holds up to cross-cultural scrutiny, in particular the Tibetan Buddhist celebration of the human potential for altruism, empathy, and compassion. Resulting from a meeting between the Dalai Lama, leading Western scholars, and a group of Tibetan monks, this volume includes excerpts from these dialogues as well as engaging chapters exploring points of difference and overlap between the two perspectives.

Keywords: Western behavioral science, cross-cultural, Tibetan Buddhist celebration, altruism, empathy, compassion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195130430
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130430.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard J. Davidson, editor
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Anne Harrington, editor
Harvard University