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A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World
Activism & Social Justice
by Miriam Knight     July 06, 2015    
Diane Holcomb, EastWest Bookstore
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Listen to the news, and you'd think the world is a violent, angry, unjust, corrupt place. Why is humanity heaping such atrocities upon each other? To the Dalai Lama, the answer is clear: a lack of compassionate moral responsibility. Change, he says, won't happen through governments. The social revolution needs to happen inside our own minds, through individual transformation. But he urges us not to be discouraged by bad news; it only reflects "a small portion of the human story. Beneath the ugly tip of that glacier lies a vast reservoir of sensitivity and kindness—and each of us can enlarge that goodness." Psychologist Daniel Goleman, the author of Emotional Intelligence, presents an up-close view of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, his wisdom, wit, joy and compassion, and his vision as a global leader. From managing our own destructive emotions, to taking action to care for those in need and heal the planet, the Dalai Lama's "map toward a better future" encompasses partnering with science, rethinking economics, overhauling the educational system, and using dialogue to end racial conflict. Yes, change happens slowly, but it's already begun, as evidenced in the people and projects showcased in this book. Read it, and you'll most likely feel inspired. If inspired to take action, readers are invited to join together in becoming "a force for good," through an accompanying Web platform.

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