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Compassionate Conversations

Compassionate Conversations

by Diane Musho Hamilton
How to Speak and Listen from the Heart
"The world today needs this book" | "Elegant and Simple (but not Easy!)"


When a conversation takes a turn into the sometimes uncomfortable and often contentious topics of race, religion, gender, sexuality, and politics, it can be difficult to know what to say or how to respond to someone you disagree with. Compassionate Conversations empowers us to transform these conversations into opportunities to bridge divides and mend relationships by providing the basic set of conflict resolution skills we need to be successful, including listening, reframing, and dealing with strong emotions. Addressing the long history of injury and pain for marginalized groups, the authors explore topics like social privilege, power dynamics, and, political correctness allowing us to be more mindful in our conversations. Each chapter contains practices and reflection questions to help readers feel more prepared to talk through polarizing issues, ultimately encouraging us to take risks, to understand and recognize our deep commonalities, to be willing to make mistakes, and to become more intimate with expressing our truths, as well as listening to those of others.


Diane Hamilton
Author | Meditator | Mediator | Zen Teacher | Devoted to exceptional human relations; committed to transforming conflict into creativity

Derived from Diane’s LinkedIn Profile:

Diane Musho Hamilton is an exceptionally gifted mediator, master facilitator, author, and an authentic contemporary spiritual teacher for our time.

Diane has been a practitioner of meditation for almost 30 years. In 2003, she received ordination as a Zen monk with her husband Michael Zimmerman, and received dharma transmission in 2006. Diane facilitates Big Mind Big Heart, a process developed to help elicit the insights of Zen in Western audiences. She has worked with Ken Wilber and the Integral Institute since 2004.

With extraordinary warmth, depth, and insight, she encourages us to consciously evolve beyond old and limited ideas of who we are so that we might discover our own unique expression of wisdom and of compassion in this time.

Diane is the author of Everything is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution (Shambhala Publications) which applies mindfulness to work with and resolve the inevitable interpersonal conflicts that arise in all areas of life. Her newest book is The Zen of You And Me: A Guide to Getting Along with Just About Anyone (Shambhala Publications, March 2017) She is also featured in the book, The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women. (Wisdom Publications). 

She is well known as an innovator in conversations about culture, religion, race and gender relations. She has mediated a broad range of disputes and transactions including divorces, probate, employment, contracts, and multi-party negotiations. She works in a variety of settings including private industry, governmental agencies and non-profit and of course individuals.


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