Much more than just the most prominent exponent of Tibetan Buddhism, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is also a futurist who possesses a profound understanding of current events and a remarkable canniness for modern social issues. When he takes the stage worldwide, people listen. "A Force for Good" combines the central concepts of the Dalai Lama, empirical evidence that supports them, and true stories of people who are putting his ideas into action showing how harnessing positive energies and directing them outward has lasting and meaningful effects. Goleman details the science of compassion and how this singular guiding motivation has the power to
break such destructive social forces as corruption, collusion, and bias
heal the planet by refocusing our concerns toward our impact on the systems that support all life
reverse the tendency toward systemic inequity through transparency and accountability
replace violence with dialogue
counter us-and-them thinking by recognizing human oneness
create new economic systems that work for everyone, not just the powerful and rich
design schooling that teaches empathy, self-mastery, and ethics
Millions of people have turned to the Dalai Lama for his unparalleled insight into living happier, more purposeful lives. Now, when the world needs his guidance more than ever, he shows how every compassion-driven human act no matter how small is integral for a more peaceful, harmonious world, building a force for a better future.
Revelatory, motivating, and highly persuasive, "A Force for Good" is arguably the most important work from one of the world s most influential spiritual and political figures.
Praise for "A Force for Good"
"A Force for Good" offers ideas that every individual can work with and build on, ranging from things that help the environment to things that help the less fortunate. It s] a long-range, global plan from a brilliant futuristic thinker, so this is a book that can be of value to any human living on Earth. When you re ready for a jolt of optimism, pick up this book. "Pop Culture Nerd"
Far from being a self-help book, this examines specific ideas espoused by the Dalai Lama, such as emotional hygiene, compassionate economy, and education of the heart that can make the world a better place. An optimistic and thoughtful primer with practical applications. "Booklist""
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-07-06
- Reviewer: Staff
Goleman (Emotional Intelligence), a longtime friend of the Dalai Lama, presents a personal and passionate account of Tibetan Buddhism's spiritual leader, discussing his habits, disposition, and goals for humanity. Goleman describes practical aspects of the Dalai Lama's vision that include being mindful of social injustice, supporting groups such as "Action for Happiness" and "B Corporations" that have an "explicit mission to benefit society," and uniting to combat climate change. Our hearts, he believes, can turn away from destructive dreams of money, power and fame. Oddly, however, Goleman seems to presuppose that the reader's interest in the Dalai Lama lies precisely in the sage's power, fame, and access, and spends a great deal of time on his globetrotting appearances that fill stadiums, his Nobel Prize, and his routine meetings with heads of states. One wonders whether a reader who would be wowed by that aspect of the Dalai Lama would also "get" the humble aspects of the vision—but perhaps those are the readers Goleman wants to pull in? For anyone not put off by Goleman's dazzle, a solid and hopeful message awaits. (June)