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Can Enlightenment Be Found Online? We Tried the Dalai Lama’s New Website


The Dalai Lama, a.k.a. His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, is trying to demystify emotion with his new website, The Atlas of Emotions, a collaboration between him and psychologist Paul Ekman built by Stamen Design to help people more fully understand the complex workings of their emotions – and how this informs their behavior.

“Having choice about when to experience an emotion, and how to experience it requires introducing a foreign element into the onset of an emotion awareness,” the site’s About page reads. “Skills must be developed if that awareness is to become possible, if we are to exercise choice about when we experience which emotion, and how we experience it. The Atlas of Emotions was created to illuminate it.”