This is an absolute gem of a book! It is clear, concise, warmly written, and interspersed with clear stories/anecdotes which deepen understanding, insight and are full of great wisdom. It beautifully dovetails Western science and Eastern (Buddhist) psychology/philosophy to explain the nature, basis, power and importance of compassion. Speaking as a clinician and researcher, evolutionary psychology and buddhist psychology speak so much of the same things and processes, are inherently connected, and really compliment each other. The integration of both perspectives in this book adds further clarity to help us understand the nature of suffering and its alleviation through compassion.
I really like the little reflection exercises at the end of the chapters. These contemplative exercises really help to deepen insight and understanding, and to consolidate learning from the chapter to daily life through experiential practice. This book is a must for both professionals (clinicians) and anyone who has a general interest in understanding the processes of developing compassion and its cultivation on a day-to-day basis.
A wonderful gift and guide to help us in daily life to alleviate suffering and experience well-being...thanks Russell and Thubten!
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