Just a few excerpts from a lecture by the renown social psychologist Paul Ekman who is known for his work on the biology of human emotion. Here he relates conceptual bridges between the writings of Charles Darwin and HH The Dalai Lama. Ekman notes that both Darwin and HH The Dalai Lama intuit the existence of an organic natural source of compassion wherein humans are compelled to relieve the suffering of others so that the discomfort we feel when seeing others in pain can be relieved. HH The Dalai Lama further suggests that these emotions are spontaneous, but compassion can be enhanced through PRACTICE!
Seems that science and ancient traditions can have a fascinating way of re-informing each other.