Power and Care

Power and Care

by His Holiness the Dalai LamaFrans B. M. de Waal Sarah B. Hrdy and others

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 12/04/2019

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Leading thinkers from a range of disciplines discuss the compatibility of power and care, in conversation with the Dalai Lama.


For more than thirty years, the Dalai Lama has been in dialogue with thinkers from a range of disciplines, helping to support pathways for knowledge to increase human wellbeing and compassion. These conversations, which began as private meetings, are now part of the Mind & Life Institute and Mind & Life Europe. This book documents a recent Mind & Life Institute dialogue with the Dalai Lama and others on two fundamental forces: power and care—power over and care for others in human societies.


The notion of power is essentially neutral; power can be used to benefit others or to harm them, to build or to destroy. Care, on the other hand, is not a neutral force; it aims at increasing the wellbeing of others. Power and care are not incompatible: power, imbued with care, can achieve more than a powerless motivation to care; power, without the intention to benefit others, can be ruthless. The contributors—who include such celebrated figures as Frans B. M. de Waal, Olafur Eliasson, Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, and Jody Williams—discuss topics including the interaction of power and care among our closest relatives, the chimpanzees; the effect of meditation and mental training practices on the brain; the role of religion in promoting peace and compassion; and the new field of Caring Economics.


Contributors

Paul Collier, Brother Thierry-Marie Courau, Frans B. M. de Waal, Olafur Eliasson, Scilla Elworthy, Alexandra M. Freund, Tenzin Gyatso (His Holiness the Dalai Lama), Markus Heinrichs, Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, Frédéric Laloux, Alaa Murabit, Matthieu Ricard, Johan Rockström, Richard Schwartz, Tania Singer, Dennis J. Snower, Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp, Theo Sowa, Pauline Tangiora, Jody Williams

ISBN:
9780262351676
9780262351676
Category:
Medical sociology
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date:
12-04-2019
Language:
English
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Matthieu Ricard

Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk and has authored several books, including The Monk and the Philosopher and The Quantum and the Lotus.

He is a major participant in the research collaboration between cognitive scientists and Buddhist practitioners, spearheaded by the Dalai Lama and the Mind and Life Institute.

Ricard is a noted translator and photographer, and initiates and oversees humanitarian projects in India, Tibet, and Nepal.

Paul Collier

Paul Collier is a professor of economics at Oxford University. The author of Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places and The Bottom Billion, which won the 2008 Lionel Gelber Prize for the world's best book on international affairs, he has lectured widely on the subjects of economics and international relations.

Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson is an Icelandic-Danish artist.

His work ranges from installation and sculpture to photography, film, and built environments, and has been exhibited worldwide in institutions such as MoMA, Tate Modern, and the Venice Biennial.

He works and lives in Copenhagen and Berlin.

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