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Power and Care. Towards Balance for our Common Future—Science, Society and Spirituality in Dialogue with the Dalai Lama



Original Language: English | tbc | Fall 2018

2 Seas Represents: World excl French.

Rights sold: USA (MIT Press, WEL, in a pre-empt), Korea (Gimm-Young), Germany (Droemer Knaur).

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Edited by Tania Singer and Matthieu Ricard, with Kate Karius

An urgent and groundbreaking work, which deconstructs the widespread thought that the concept of power and care are opposites.  
With the aim for a balanced, common future, 19 renowned researchers and leaders including biologist Frans de Waal, Nobel Prize winner Jody Williams, and Harvard associate professor of psychiatry, Richard Schwartz, Ph. D., present their work to the Dalai Lama, within the context of the forces of “power and care”.
This book includes perspectives from:
  • Ethology, anthropology, and ecology;
  • Psychology, endocrinology, and neuroscience;
  • Spiritual and religious traditions;
  • Economics and society;
  • Personal commitment and global responsibility.
While the notion of power can be seen as a neutral concept, neither harmful nor beneficial by definition, the Western historical perspective links it to concepts such as domination, instrumentalization, or sovereignty. This idea of power as ‘power over’ is apparent in political, societal, and interpersonal spheres, as indicated by problems such as the wealth gap, racial and gender inequality, and countless others. 
At the other end of the spectrum is the notion of ‘caring for,’ an enabling force in the service of individual and social transformation. Care evokes concepts such as altruism, compassion, interdependence, and responsibility, and is customarily seen as incompatible with the notion of power. How might we understand the relations between these primal forces that shape human development on both the individual and collective levels? A deeper understanding of their function and dynamics leads us to see how they can be conscientiously and fruitfully allied and engender projects and actions that promote the flourishing of living beings and of our environment.
In this provocative and inspiring book, the nature of the fundamental forces of power and care are comprehensively examined, as well as their expressions and the relations between them. 
This book serves to inspire readers and as a significant catalyst for the formulation of new research ideas and for imagining societal and governance structures that will contribute to a better world.

A Mind & Life Conversation: Founded in 1987, the Mind & Life Institute arose out of a series of conferences held with the Dalai Lama and a range of scientists that sought to form a connection between the empiricism of contemporary scientific inquiry and the contemplative, compassion-based practices of Buddhism.

DR. TANIA SINGER is the Director of the Department of Social Neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. Her research focus is on the hormonal, neuronal, and developmental basis of human sociality, empathy and compassion, and their malleability through mental training. She is the principal investigator of a large-scale, nine-month longitudinal meditation based mental training study, The ReSource Project, and investigates together with Dennis Snower how psychology can inform new models of Caring Economics.
MATTHIEU RICARD is a former molecular biologist who became a Buddhist monk. He resides at the Shechen Monastery in Nepal, where he takes care of humanitarian projects. He is the son of the renowned French philosopher Jean-François Revel, and the author or many bestselling titles, including The Monk and the Philosopher, and Altruism, The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World.
KATE KARIUS is a writer and a multidimensional artist. She serves to make the world a healthier, more beautiful place by supporting luminaries, mission-driven organizations, and businesses in bringing their messages out into the world. Learn more about her work at