Conversations on Altruism and Compassion, Between Scientists, Economists, and the Dalai Lama
Edited by Tania Singer and Matthieu Ricard
With a Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
“This work will be appreciated by readers who believe that human beings can and do act beyond their own self-interest—even in the economic sphere.”—Library Journal
Can the hyperambitious, bottom-line-driven practices of the global economy incorporate compassion into the pursuit of wealth? Or is economics driven solely by materialism and self-interest? In Caring Economics, experts consider these questions alongside the Dalai Lama in a wide-ranging, scientific-based discussion on economics and altruism. Begun in 1987, the Mind and Life Institute arose out of a series of conferences held with the Dalai Lama and a range of scientists that sought to form a connection between the empiricism of contemporary scientific inquiry and the contemplative, compassion-based practices of Buddhism. Caring Economics is based on a conference held by the Mind and Life Institute in Zurich in which experts from all over the world gathered to discuss the possibility of having a global economy focused on compassion and altruism. Each chapter consists of a presentation by an expert in the field, followed by a discussion with the Dalai Lama in which he offers his response and his own unique insights on the subject. In this provocative and inspiring book, learn how wealth doesn’t need to be selfish, how in fact, empathy and compassion may be the path to a healthier world economy.
Tania Singer is the director of the Department of Social Neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany.
Matthieu Ricard is a French Buddhist monk who resides at Schechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery in Nepal. He is the author of many bestselling titles, including The Monk and the Philosopher and The Quantum and the Lotus.