I’ll Meet You There: A Practical Guide to Empathy, Mindfulness and Communication (Paperback)

Shantigarbha

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Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

‘An excellent book on empathy that teases out the centrality of this value in Buddhism  as the foundation for the cultivation of compassion and loving-kindness.’ – Stephen Batchelor, Buddhist teacher and author

Shantigarbha is a certified Nonviolent Communication trainer. Find out more about his work on the Seed of Peace website.

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I’ll Meet You There: A Practical Guide to Empathy, Mindfulness and Communication

Shantigarbha

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

We get connected with each other in the space that opens up when we let go of our ideas of good and bad, right and wrong. When we feel safe and connected to ourselves, we don’t need to use these labels. When we are connected to ourselves, we are also connected to the people around us. It’s hard to find words to describe this field. In a sense it is beyond words. We are connected in such a way that it hardly makes sense to talk about us as separate beings. There’s just a sense of compassionate presence, intense closeness, and empathy. Through empathy we can find a way to stay connected to our humanity and to contribute to a more peaceful world. I’ll meet you there. – Shantigarbha, from the Introduction

‘An excellent book on empathy that teases out the centrality of this value in Buddhism  as the foundation for the cultivation of compassion and loving-kindness.’ – Stephen Batchelor, Buddhist teacher and author

‘Although this book is consistent with the scientific data it is also refreshingly unconstrained by it. Instead it synthesises scientific knowledge to date with age-old wisdom from the Buddhist tradition.This approach allows for deeper exploration of empathy and compassion than science, which only scratches the surface.’ – Dr Emma J. Lawrence, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK

 

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A timely book with the growing recognition in science, psychology and business of the important function of empathy and the painful consequences of the lack of empathy. Shantigarbha shows the essential links between mindfulness, empathy and compassion as expressions of a well integrated heart and mind. This book is essential reading for those who wish to explore this important area of inner work. - Christopher Titmuss, Insight Meditation teacher, co-founder of Gaia House retreat centre

An excellent book on empathy that teases out the centrality of this value in Buddhism as the foundation for the cultivation of compassion and loving kindness. - Stephen Batchelor, Buddhist teacher and author, co-founder of Sharpham College

Written with clarity and sensitivity, I'll Meet You There is clear-sighted in its approach to healing and transformation. I encourage all who pick up this book to read it cover to cover.’ - Claude AnShin Thomas, Zen Buddhist Monk and Author of At Hell’s Gate, A Soldier’s Journey from War To Peace

I'll Meet You There is a wise, unique and beautifully written history of empathy and why empathy is important in experiencing compassion. This is a book for anyone who wants hope for living in a peaceful, humane world, and who wants a guide for how to get there. - Mary Mackenzie, M.A., Author of Peaceful Living: Daily Meditations for Living in Peace, Healing and Compassion

In this comprehensive, well researched book, Shantigarbha invites you to explore the topics of empathy and compassion through the lens of mindful awareness and empathic practice. Rich with examples and exercises, reading this book has inspired a vision of a world where compassion and empathic presence is embodied by all of humanity. - Sylvia Haskvitz, M.A., R.D., CNVC Certified Trainer, Consultant and Author of Eat by Choice, Not by Habit

Although this book is consistent with the scientific data it is also refreshingly unconstrained by it. Instead it synthesises scientific knowledge to date with age old wisdom from the Buddhist tradition. This approach allows for deeper exploration of empathy and compassion than science, which only scratches the surface. - Dr Emma J Lawrence, former Lecturer in Cognition and Neuroimaging, Department of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, London