Thursday, September 9, 2010

An Evening with Psychologist Paul Ekman

On His New Book with the Dalai Lama

Presented by Greater Good Magazine

A unique bond formed between the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman when the two first met in 2000. The leader of Tibetan Buddhism and the renowned Western-trained scientist soon realized that despite their different educational and religions backgrounds, they shared the same motivation for analyzing emotions: a commitment to reducing human suffering. Following their first encounter, the two men spent 40 hours in discussion over three subsequent meetings, believing that the combined insight of Buddhism and Western psychology would lead to new understandings of human emotion.

These groundbreaking conversations are captured in their new book, Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion. As they discuss the roots of love, compassion, anger, and morality, the two men offer stunning insight into what unifies us all.

At this free event, Ekman--one of the world's foremost authorities on emotions and facial expressions, and a member of Greater Good magazine's editorial board--will present highlights from their discussions, accompanied by photos and audio excerpts from his conversations with the Dalai Lama. A Q&A with the audience will follow.

Copies of Emotional Awareness and the latest issue of Greater Good magazine, which includes a contribution from Ekman and his daughter Eve, will be on sale.

Featured speaker: Paul Ekman, Ph.D., is the world's foremost expert on facial expressions and a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California Medical School in San Francisco. He is the author 14 books, including Emotions Revealed and Telling Lies. Currently, he is the director of the Paul Ekman Group, LLC (PEG), a small company that produces training devices relevant to emotional skills. He has appeared on 20/20, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and many other TV programs. In 2001, the American Psychological Association named him as one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century.

Event presented by: Greater Good magazine and the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, the Harold E. Jones Child Study Center, and the Graduate School of Journalism Felker Magazine Program

Greater Good magazine highlights groundbreaking research into the roots human happiness, compassion, and altruism. It fuses this science with stories of compassion in action, showing how scientific findings can be applied to improving readers' personal and professional lives.◦