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Understanding Global Compassion Webisode 5: Darwin and Unbiased Compassion

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Published on Aug 5, 2014

Fifth in a series of webisodes -- excerpts from Dr. Ekman's conversations with the Dalai Lama.

Dr. Ekman and the Dalai Lama examine what motivates compassion, whether it may be for the approval of others, the betterment of one’s self, or with any benefit whatsoever to the self.

Dr. Ekman and the Dalai Lama compare “worldly concerns” with Dr. Ekman’s paraphrasing of Darwin: “We act with distal compassion so others may approve of us.”

The Dalai Lama describes genuine concern of others’ well-being should not involve one’s own interest. Wanting to become a buddha yourself may seem like selfish motivation - however, “wishing for buddhahood” is to make yourself completely accessible to others, making available all of your capabilities for others.

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