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1. How to See Yourself As You Really
2. The Art of Happiness, 10th Anniversary
3. The Dalai Lama's Little Book of
4. In My Own Words: An Introduction
5. How to Practice : The Way to a
6. My Spiritual Journey
7. Becoming Enlightened
8. The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography
9. Toward a True Kinship of Faiths:
10. The Meaning of Life
11. The Art of Happiness in a Troubled
12. Healing Anger: The Power of Patience
13. The Universe in a Single Atom:
14. Live in a Better Way: Reflections
15. Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama:
16. The Essence of Happiness
17. Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography
18. The Path to Tranquility: Daily
19. Ethics for the New Millennium
20. The Essential Dalai Lama: His

1. How to See Yourself As You Really Are
by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Paperback: 288 Pages (2007-11-06)
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Asin: 0743290461
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, we each possess the ability to achieve happiness and a meaningful life, but the key to realizing that goal is self-knowledge. In How to See Yourself As You Really Are, the world's foremost Buddhist leader and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize shows readers how to recognize and dispel misguided notions of self and embrace the world from a more realistic -- and loving -- perspective. Through illuminating explanations and step-by-step exercises, His Holiness helps readers to see the world as it actually exists, and explains how, through the interconnection of meditative concentration and love, true altruistic enlightenment is attained.

Enlivened by personal anecdotes and intimate accounts of the Dalai Lama's own life experiences, How to See Yourself As You Really Are is an inspirational and empowering guide that can be read and enjoyed by anyone seeking spiritual fulfillment. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Lightbulb Book
This book is incredibly good and insightful. I love to read it while sitting outside with a glass of herbal tea. It is one of those books where every sentence you read sets off a lightbulb in your head. The Dalai Lama is a very smart and funny individual and it shines through in this book. Any time I need to find peace or reduce needless stress I turn to this book first and it works everytime. Life is too short not to read this book, I only wish the whole world felt as he did. Imagine all the people living for today...

4-0 out of 5 stars "Be a lamp unto yourself"---Last words of the Buddha Shakyamuni
A previous reviewer says that His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama is the closest thing we have to Buddha on earth. I think his Holiness would disagree, first because he is an exceedingly humble man, and second because he would say, as the Buddha Shakyamuni did, that we are all Buddhas.

HOW TO SEE YOURSELF AS YOU REALLY ARE is a wonderful audiobook filled with wisdom and practical exercises to help us all learn mindfulness and compassion, the two watchwords of Buddhist practice. Six discs in length, HOW TO SEE YOURSELF AS YOU REALLY ARE is a detailed manual of practice. It is read by His Holiness' translator, Jeffrey Hopkins, who manages to work his way through some rather esoteric concepts without losing the thread of the Dalai Lama's lessons. Hopkins is not a theatrical reader, and this is not really an audiobook to be listened to while doing anything else (like driving); it requires VERY active listening.

My only negative criticism revolves around the complex, textbook quality of the material. Numbered lists, chapter subheadings, end of chapter exercises, and meditative reflections really require the student to take notes. There's no question that HOW TO SEE YOURSELF AS YOU REALLY ARE needed to be released with an accompanying paperback and a workbook. Fortunately, the paperback is available separately.

There's a lot of depth here, and you'll be listening to His Holiness' lessons many times over. Don't go into this audiobook thinking that it is going to be a Snooze Along with the Lama lecture.

4-0 out of 5 stars enlightening
obviously i feel that the information given is enlightening and provokes much thought; however, it may be a bit over my head.i will re-read the book and perhaps the second time it will sink in better.but i intend to investigate further and read more into buddhism and His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mindfulness heals
The Dalai Lama is such a down-to-earth person with such compassion for people - something truly refreshing. Here he introduces us to the human struggle between the conditioned world of thoughts, memories and perceptions in which we spend most of our lives, and a totally different way of being as the unconditioned space that contains all. We are not our thoughts or even our emotions although we act as if we were over and over again, and this is the origin of our suffering. It is only through the path of mindfulness and waking up that we can break free from this illusional world of habitual reactivity we call self or ego. I also recommend 'The Path of Mindfulness Meditation' available through Amazon.

2-0 out of 5 stars Author not best choice for reading Audio Book
With all due respect Jeffrey, Ph.D. Hopkins' voice, tone and delivery detracts from the message.It is monotone and makes an enlightening subject boring by virtue of the delivery.I have three[3] other audio books by His Holiness the Dalai Lama,'Live in a better way', 'The art of Happiness',and 'The art of Happiness at work' and those are more engaging.

An audio book must deliver more than just the spoken word, it should pull the listener in.I wished he had used someone else to deliver the audio book. A hard listen for me despite the subject matter.The absence of the `Tibetan accent' as it were is a factor which could be over looked if Jeffrey, Ph.D. Hopkins' tone had some life; something to feel. ZZZZZzzzzz....
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2. The Art of Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Handbook for Living
by Dalai Lama
Hardcover: 352 Pages (2009-10-01)
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Asin: 1594488894
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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An updated edition of a beloved classic, the original book on happiness, with new material from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard Cutler.

Nearly every time you see him, he's laughing, or at least smiling. And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling. He's the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, a Nobel Prize winner, and a hugely sought-after speaker and statesman. Why is he so popular? Even after spending only a few minutes in his presence you can't help feeling happier.

If you ask him if he's happy, even though he's suffered the loss of his country, the Dalai Lama will give you an unconditional yes. What's more, he'll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that "the very motion of our life is toward happiness." How to get there has always been the question. He's tried to answer it before, but he's never had the help of a psychiatrist to get the message across in a context we can easily understand.

The Art of Happiness is the book that started the genre of happiness books, and it remains the cornerstone of the field of positive psychology.

Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Howard Cutler, he explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life's obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace. Based on 2,500 years of Buddhist meditations mixed with a healthy dose of common sense, The Art of Happiness is a book that crosses the boundaries of traditions to help readers with difficulties common to all human beings. After being in print for ten years, this book has touched countless lives and uplifted spirits around the world.Amazon.com Review
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down withthe Dalai Lama and really press him about life's persistent questions?Why are so many people unhappy? How can I abjure loneliness? How canwe reduce conflict? Is romantic love true love? Why do we suffer?Howshould we deal with unfairness and anger? How do you handle thedeath of a loved one? These are the conundrums that psychiatristHoward Cutler poses to the Dalai Lama during an extended period ofinterviews in The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living.

At first, the Dalai Lama's answers seem simplistic, like a surfacereading of RobertFulghum: Ask yourself if you really need something; our enemiescan be our teachers; compassion brings peace of mind.Cutler pushes:But some people do seem happy with lots of possessions; but"suffering is life" is so pessimistic; but going to extremes providesthe zest in life; but what if I don't believe in karma? As the DalaiLama's responses become more involved, a coherent philosophy takesshape. Cutler then develops the Dalai Lama's answers in the contextof scientific studies and cases from his own practice, substantiatingand elaborating on what he finds to be a revolutionary psychology.Like any art, the art of happiness requires study and practice--andthe talent for it, the Dalai Lama assures us, is in our nature.--Brian Bruya ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars very thoughtful, but hard to relate to real life
I really enjoy reading this book, however I feel so far away from being able to foster these emotions during everyday life. It's very easy to agree with something your reading in the comfort of your home while relaxed, but in real-life situations it is VERY hard to apply what I've read (example: feeling compassion for EVERYONE, including your annoying boss, that butthead that cut you off on the highway, the pushy salesperson at a dept store, etc etc). I also feel a lot of the information is too broad, but maybe that's what a counselor is for! Haha.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nothing New Here
This book is just o.k. As you should be able to tell from our Depression plagued society we are apparently unappy people always looking for the key to happiness. Your not going to find it in this book, in fact, unless you have never read another self-help book on being happy, your not going to find any major epiphanies here. I forced myself to finish it much like homework once it became apparant that there just wasn't much of anything in this book that hasn't been covered time and time again before. And, as is pointed out, it's actually written by a Psychiatrist that interviewed the Dalai Lama and mixed what he was told with his own observations. There's nothing wrong with reading this book really but I came away from it with nothing new so don't look for some ancient wisdom that will change your life in it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly practical seeming guidebook.
I had no notions of what Buddhism was like before reading this book, believing it to mostly be a requirement for ritualistic chanting.This book was a surprising eye opener, not only providing me a glimpse into the true nature of Buddhism, but also providing a number of practical tips for life improvement.

I was very impressed by what I understood to be the basic idea of Buddhism by my reading of this book: that one should strive for happiness, actively and thoughtfully eliminating those factors that take one from that path.In my opinion, the simplicity of this idea is its strength.

There are a number of other ideas presented that are integrated with this approach of happiness driven life.Examples are the building of compassion, dealing with anger, hatred and anxiety, and techniques such as shift of perspective.Even though I expect this book really only touches the surface of Buddhism, there are enough ideas here that are new that I'd expect many western cultured people could profit from an open minded read of even this introductory book.I plan to read it at least one more time, and perhaps purchase a copy for myself permanently instead of re-borrowing this book from the library once again.

Time and time again as I read this book I was impressed with the personality of the Dali Lama.He sets an amazing example to mankind, but it is an example built of many small things.There were a number of anecdotes, recalling or describing some compassionate handling of somebody he blundered across in his travels.That one could spend a lifetime consistently demonstrating such compassion is somewhat overwhelming.I think that if he was asked about this, he would stress that the key is doing this one act at a time, and that in isolation no such single act should be overwhelming.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK I EVER READ.

5-0 out of 5 stars Smooth transaction
Book in great condition, can't see a sign of used book. Arrived in 2 weeks after ordering. ... Read more

3. The Dalai Lama's Little Book of Inner Peace: The Essential Life and Teachings
by Dalai Lama
Hardcover: 400 Pages (2009-03-13)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama offers powerful, profound advice on how to live a peaceful and fulfilling life amidst all the conflicts of the modern world.

In this distillation of his life and teachings, the Dalai Lama paints a compelling portrait of his early life, reflecting on the personal and political struggles that have helped to shape his understanding of our world. Offering his wisdom and experience to interpret the timeless teachings of the Buddha, The Dalai Lama's Little Book of Inner Peace is fresh and relevant to our troubled times. He explains in a simple and accessible way how each of us can influence those around us by living with integrity. And he holds out hope that, through personal transformation, we can all contribute to a better world.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A very useful and inspiring read
The Dalai Lama teaches wisdom that we can all understand in a language that is accessible to all. The heart of his teachings rests on the great opening of mind and heart that comes from the cultivation of mindfulness. Compassion flows naturally from this natural openness. I also recommend 'The Path of Mindfulness Meditation', available through Amazon, to give more on the depth of mindfulness practice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Guidance
Perfect for learning little life lessons and aiming at alluring alliteration in amazon's rife, rich, and relevant reviews.

4-0 out of 5 stars nice little book
It is nice little book that can pit in your bag or compartment in the car or anywhere. It tells you more about Dalai Lama's Bio but it is great. You can just read it, flip pages in your spare time (like while wating your kids in the car from different activities...etc).

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best "Go With" Dalai Lama
This little volume is the perfect vademecum -- it goes with you.There is a little something of probably most everything written by His Holiness, serving as an accurate, short, and valuable overview of the Dalai Lama's life and teachings. If you have never read any of his works before, it is a wonderful introduction.If you have read most of his more involved writings, then it is an exquisite reminder of what you found valuable. For either purpose, I highly recommend it. I tend to carry mine around in a brief case for the few moments of quiet I can find. Better to nibble than to starve, so to speak. I tend to keep spare copies for friends who look "hungry".

5-0 out of 5 stars The Dalai Lama's Little Book of Inner Peace
No matter what your belief system, The Dalai Lama is a man to be respected. His life has served as an example of peace and the willingness to speak up for the betterment of all people. His life story is extremely interesting: born into a large peasant family, discovered to be the reincarnation of The previous Dalai Lamas, trained to be a monk, and then forced to leave his home so that he could bring his words to the world.

The Dalai Lama's Little Book of Inner Peace covers a wide variety of topics including some of The Dalai Lama's childhood memories and concerns as he faced exile. Other sections detail the political upheaval in Tibet and the greater global issues that need to be addressed. For those new to Buddhism, The Dalai Lama introduces key concepts.

The Dalai Lama's Little Book of Inner Peace is a fascinating book. I feel like I have a greater insight into The Dalai Lama both as a world leader and as a man. ... Read more

4. In My Own Words: An Introduction to My Teachings and Philosophy
by His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Hardcover: 224 Pages (2008-09-01)
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Asin: 140192008X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama is celebrated as Buddhism’s preeminent spiritual master and teacher, embodying the highest aspirations of this rich tradition that is more than 2,500 years old. With both profundity and simplicity, he has carried the nuanced teachings of the Buddha to the far corners of the globe, and in the process has touched and transformed millions of lives. Like the Buddha himself, the Dalai Lama, with his ever-smiling face, reaches out to people in ways that connect to their individual mental dispositions, abilities, and everyday realities. Buddhism, which never seeks to proselytize, has been made accessible by the Dalai Lama to both non-Buddhists and Buddhists alike so that we may all learn from one of the most valuable strands of our shared heritage.

This fascinating book brings together extracts from some of His Holiness’s most powerful writings and talks. As he explains the elements of the Buddha’s teachings and the basic practices of meditation, he also engages and reconciles the innovations of modern science with Buddhist perspectives. Ultimately, His Holiness calls for the celebration of diversity and the recognition of interdependence that breeds a sense of Universal Responsibility—which must govern all of our relationships in this increasingly fragmented world.

Serving as the perfect introduction to the Dalai Lama’s philosophy, both Buddhist and secular, An Introduction to the Dalai Lama is just the book for gleaning insights into the mind of one of the world’s greatest spiritual icons.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another Enlightening Read
This is the second book I have read by the Dalai Lama and it did not disappoint. His overpowering positivity is found throughout the book and it guides you through thought processes and progressions that if you follow will lead to a better way of life.

His Eight Verses for Training the Mind and explanation of them I found especially helpful. This is just an example of some of the wisdom you can find in this book. In the search for inner peace I have found the Dalai Lama is perhaps one of the best teachers you can take on. I will continue to read more of his works.

5-0 out of 5 stars In My Own Words
In My Own Words by Rajiv Mehrota, is a very loving book. Being raised in the Christian faith, I have limited knowledge on Buddhism.As I am a truth or knowledge seeker, this book is just want I need. I've always admired His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His teachings are pure and just what our world needs right now. Christ taught the same things, but organized religions turned his teachings into something that they can manipulate for their own use. Compassion, love of others, love of ourselves, love for Mother Earth, love for God/the Universe are what we need now and this book gives us an insight on how to start living this way.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seeking Compassion
The Dalai Lama's newest book is compassionately written for people like me who know little about Buddhism but would love to understand more.My goal was to learn how to be more compassionate and went to the expert on the subject.I will use it as a "text book" for years to come. ... Read more

5. How to Practice : The Way to a Meaningful Life
by Dalai Lama
Paperback: 240 Pages (2003-08-01)
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Asin: 0743453360
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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As human beings, we all share the desire for happiness and meaning in our lives. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the ability to find true fulfillment lies within each of us. In this very special book, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, Nobel Prize winner, and bestselling author helps readers embark upon the path to enlightenment with a stunning illumination of the timeless wisdom and an easy-access reference for daily practice.

Divided into a series of distinct steps that will lead spiritual seekerstoward enlightenment, How to Practice is a constant companion in the quest to practice morality, meditation, and wisdom. This accessible book will guide you toward opening your heart, refraining from doing harm, and maintiaining mentaltranquility as the Dalai Lama shows you how to overcome everyday obstacles, from feelings of anger and mistrust to jealousy, insecurity, and counterproductive thinking. Imbued with His Holiness' vivacious spirit and sense of playfulness, How to Practice offers sage and practical insight into the human psyche and into the deepest aspirations that bind us all together.Amazon.com Review
As a primer on living the good life, few books compete with How to Practice, another profound offering from the exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Westerners may be confused by the book's title, assuming that it focuses solely on Buddhist meditation and prayer techniques. Though it does address meditation and prayer, at its core this is a book that demonstrates how day-to-day living can be a spiritual practice. There are two ways to create happiness:

The first is external. By obtaining better clothes, better shelter, and better friends we can find a certain measure of happiness and satisfaction. The second is through mental development, which yields inner happiness. However, these two approaches are not equally viable. External happiness cannot last long without its counterpart.... However, if you have peace of mind you can find happiness even under the most difficult circumstances.
As he has in previous books (An Open Heart, The Art of Happiness), the Dalai Lama reminds us that developing peace of mind means paying attention to our daily attitudes and choices as well as taking the time to meditate and be prayerful. The six-part book covers Buddhist meditation techniques and visualization exercises as well as daily thoughts and actions that foster morality and wisdom. --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars delightful
This is a relatively quick read, but, I spent several days reading it, reflecting on the many insights and experiences and suggestions that the Dalai Lama offers in this outstanding book.It is an outstanding orientation to Buddhist philosophy and practice for students, explorers, and those early on the path.It's written in a contemporary format by one familiar with western culture.I give this an "A+" and I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very methodical and down-to-earth
The Dalai Lama explains living a meaningful life through meditation and reflection in a very procedural and objective way.Although he's the leader of a powerful religious movement, he doesn't get bogged down with dogma and stresses the importance of tolerance and acceptance.His exercise to visualize the decision between compassion and selfishness is very powerful.He asks the reader to visualize yourself on one side as a person that has only the worst of your own qualities and to visualize a group of starving impoverished strangers on the other side and to decide which of the two sides you would rather help.He also stresses the need for compassion for both sides, which sums up his philosophy very nicely.

2-0 out of 5 stars How to Practice : The Way to a Meaningful Life
This book is great, it help people to find inner strength. However, in this busy life. If we can have 30 minutes a day to calm down and reflect out thoughts, our behaviors ,.. then we can also acheiving the happiness to some degrees. I would recommend this book for good reading and thinking. Hard to practice.

5-0 out of 5 stars How to Practice
This is a wonderful book that teaches you how to be a good human being through tolerance and patience. The Dalai Lama reaches out to all people, regardless of your race or religion. He shows you the way to true inner peace and happiness by being a compassionate, morale human being. In the words of John Lennon, "Imagine all the people, living life in peace!", that's basically the message this beautiful man is trying to get across to us all!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
Great beginners guide to Buddhism for those who know nothing/a little about how to live the Buddhism life.Even for non-religious people, there are great ideas in here for everyone about increasing happiness, etc. ... Read more

6. My Spiritual Journey
by Dalai Lama, Sofia Stril-rever
Hardcover: 304 Pages (2010-10-01)
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The world knows the public face of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.

We have read about his near escape from Tibet after the Chinese invasion, his nobel Peace Prize, and his friendships with world leaders, Hollywood actors, and scientists around the world. But what are his inner, personal thoughts on his own spiritual life? For the first time and in his own words, the Dalai Lama charts his spiritual journey from his boyhood days in rural Tibet to his years as a monk in the capital city of Dharamsala, to his life in exile as a world leader and symbol of peace.

My Spiritual Journey provides a vivid and moving portrait of the Dalai Lama’s life journey that is personal in tone but universal in scope. He explores three phases or commitments of his spiritual life—as a human being, as a Buddhist monk, and as the Dalai Lama—each of which has made him more dedicated to exploring and teaching human values and inner happiness, promoting harmony among all religions, and advocating for the civil rights and well-being of the Tibetan people.

At the age of two, little Tenzin Gyatso was identified as the fourteenth reincarnation of the first Dalai Lama. From then on, his life has been on a trajectory few can imagine. Some see him as a living Buddha and moral authority, others identify him as a “god-king,” while still others see him in political terms as either a hero or a counterrevolutionary. In My Spiritual Journey, we see the personal struggles, the courage, the laughter, and the compassion that have defined the remarkable life of one of our world’s greatest living legends.

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5-0 out of 5 stars "How are you?"
Only the Dalai Lama could ask this question of an audience 8,000 strong and seem sincere in wanting to hear each individual answer. He is a remarkable man in an era of unremarkable people, and MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY gives us an intimate glimpse as to why. This book enlightens as it entertains. A collection of short autobiographical stories and reflections on his life as a man, a monk, and as the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso allows us an intimate look at his very human existence and belief that Compassion is the foundation and the apex of all humanity.

5-0 out of 5 stars His Holiness Dalai Lama
I am so happy with this book.It has a personal touch to it and I am so glad I got it.Anyone interested in learning more about the Dalai Lama will love this book. ... Read more

7. Becoming Enlightened
by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Paperback: 320 Pages (2009-12-22)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In Becoming Enlightened, His Holiness the Dalai Lama powerfully explores the foundation of Buddhism, laying out an accessible and practical approach to age-old questions: How can we live free from suffering? How can we achieve lasting happiness and peace?

Drawing from traditional Buddhist meditative practices as well as penetrating examples from today's troubled planet, he presents step-by-step exercises designed to expand the reader's capacity for spiritual growth, along with clear milestones to mark the reader's progress. By following the spiritual practices outlined in Becoming Enlightened, we can learn how to replace troublesome feelings with positive attitudes and embark on a path to achieving an exalted state -- within ourselves and within the larger world.

Full of personal anecdotes and intimate accounts of the Dalai Lama's experiences as a lifelong student, thinker, political leader, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Becoming Enlightened gives readers all the wisdom, support, guidance, and inspiration they need to become successful and fulfilled in their spiritual lives.

This is a remarkable and empowering book that can be read and enjoyed by seekers of all faiths. Readers at every stage of their spiritual development will be captivated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama's loving and direct teaching style. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Finally, Enlightenment Made Attainable
I've been reading and studying Eastern ideas for 30 years now and I have to say that this book is in the top 3 that I have ever read.The sometimes difficult and nebulous ideas of Cessation, Karma and Nirvana are made to be within practical reach.

4-0 out of 5 stars Practical Buddhism for the West from a traditonal teacher
His Holiness the Dalai Lama offers a wonderful practical guide to becoming enlightened that if followed may not actually lead to enlightenment but would most assuredly lead to a much better world. The Dalai Lama's method of listing and sub-listing all of the required steps may seem a little compartmental at first and somewhat anti-Buddhist (at least to a Westerner) but really this method is how such doctrines (or sutras) were orally communicated through many generations. And it is with a feeling of honor and respect that I read this book, as if a new sutra (albeit a copyrighted sutra) had been penned for all Buddhists to incorporate into their daily contemplation and study. If you are just beginning your study of Buddhism, this book will state much, explain some, and leave much unexplained, for Buddhism is really quite unexplainable, filled with rich dialogue and seeming contradictions, a forever journey in our own limited time and space. To help explain this concept further I highly recommend "Buddhism The Religion Of No-Religion" by Alan Watts. On the other hand, it you are seeking ideas to support your positive personal efforts, His Holiness the Dalai Lama offers sound, helpful and genuine advice from a Tibetan Buddhist perspective.

3-0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Inspirational
Tibet is famous throughout the Buddhist world for introducing in layman's terms, the practice of enlightenment. The Dalai Lama shows us in a comprehensive yet simplistic way, the practicalmethods of learning to cope with daily stress from the complexity of today's society, and the benefits these practices can reap once the ancient art of enlightenment is achieved. In this short but concise book, he outlines practical ways to end our suffering through promoting kindness & tolerance, and by putting an end to the many actions that can cause our emotions to spin out of control. He displays candidly how we all get stuck by not taking time to use logic & reason, or to meditate when we become mired in the mud of our problems. Our behavior can often hurt our lives and those around us that we love when we don't take proper time to evaluate situations that are escalating out of control, or when we become so caught up in our own traumas we forget other people in our lives.

He teaches us to shift away from tunnel-visioning and narrow mindedness to a more `big picture'awareness. He asks us to be more in-tuned to the heartache and suffering of others around us, to extend more kindness with a listening ear that will support our loved ones in times of need, versus allowing ourselves to focus on our own lives, egos, and personal gains or successes. The act of caring and sharing that will ensure a path to a more calmer life, is the pervasive theme here in this thought provoking book. The Dalai Lama approaches the reader with a step by step plan that introduces us to the basics of the Buddhist practice of enlightenment by discussing the topics of religion, death and dying, altruism, karma, acts of compassion, and of the ways we create our own suffering through repeated behavior that is not beneficial.

Many chapters detail the Dalai Lama's perceptive and personal views on how people today need to embrace & cherish other races, cultures, and religious diversity. Changing our behavior to show more respect & patience towards the unfamiliar, and welcoming unknown philosophies including other people's attitudes on life, love & the pursuit of happiness, can guide us further towards becoming more insightful individuals. The reader will soon grasp the concept his holiness easily conveys and can soon appreciate the wisdom he offers us all. To not just live in the moment but to plan for the future, to be free of endless suffering and angst & to hone our senses regarding life and death and to the fact we are here on this earth a very short time, is a key factor in this wonderful book. He urges us to veer away from a materialistic world and to swerve instead on to a path of appreciating the small things this world has to offer by taking time to "smell the roses" while we are here, instead of racing through life at top speed.

Point by point, paragraph after paragraph, the Dalai Lama generously offers many easy to accomplish tasks that can have us all practicing selflessness, appreciating our friends and family more by offering them our hearts and minds more often, and gives us his unending wisdom towards a better life of reduced suffering. We all need more inner peace, and a personal world of harmony and love.Reading Becoming Enlightened is a way to begin that journey.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Big Help On My Personal Spiritual Path.
I'm sure that I drive my friends crazy talking about my latest read by the Dalai Lama. Well, this one for everyone. You don't have to be a Buddhist to be lightened by this read. As a fourth century Buddha is credited for saying, "When one reaches enlightenment who will as of the path?"

This is a must read for anyone serious about their spirituality.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book by H.H. Dalai Lama for the serious student
Beautifully presented hardcover book at a reasonable price. Excellent for the Buddhist student, interesting for others. Highly recommend. ... Read more

8. The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography
by Tetsu Saiwai
Paperback: 208 Pages (2010-09-28)
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A new way of getting to know one of the world's most beloved spiritual leaders.

Featuring a charmingly illustrated format that will appeal to readers of all ages, this unique biography is an ideal introduction to the leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile. Born in 1935 to a peasant family in a small village, Tenzin Gyatso was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. In 1950, His Holiness assumed full political power when China invade Tibet-a tragedy that forever changed him and shaped his efforts on behalf of world peace, for which he was award the Nobel Peace Prize. This graphic novel is an appealing and approachable depiction of the life and personality of an iconic figure. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great opportunity to learn about His Holiness in a fun way
A while back, I reviewed another manga/ graphic novel about Je Tsongkhapa. I was excited to read one day on The Worst Horse about a manga that had been done about His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Manga is the Japanese word for comics. Summed up, mangas can come in a variety of forms. Whether it's a serial comic, or like this book, done as a complete work, a graphic novel.

The artist behind "The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography" is none other than Tetsu Saiwai. With a body of work spanning 20 years, Tetsu's main interests as far as topics for his mangas go are human rights and environmental issues.

Tetsu took his inspiration for the storyline from Scorsese's "Kundun" and His Holiness' book "Freedom In Exile." If you've seen and or read the two titles, you will see where the similarities are. Heinrich Harrer, the main focus of the movie "Seven Years In Tibet", makes an appearance in the manga as well.

For those that are looking for a cut through the bull, and brief, explanation of how His Holiness was found, and what he went through as a child, than "The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography" will definitely do so. It also boils down the brutal takeover of Tibet by the Chinese Communist machine. I enjoyed how Tetsu was able to create certain emotions in his characters, which followed the storyline very well.

I am grateful that Testu has written/ created such a graphic novel. I think this manga may help people truly understand what Tibetans have been fighting for, and what was taken away from them. I believe "The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography" is an enlightening, yet fun, biography about one of the most important people of our time.

We all know his name, but how many of us really know who the Dalai Lama is? Do we all know where he came from, and how he came to be what he is today? No, I don't think everyone does. So again, I applaud Tetsu for taking this story on and making His Holiness accessible to everyone.

"The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography" is a quick, yet enjoyable read. I'd recommend it to anyone who is curious about His Holiness and Tibet, for those that are fans of non-fiction mangas or for anyone who truly enjoys graphic artistry. Highly recommended! ... Read more

9. Toward a True Kinship of Faiths: How the World's Religions Can Come Together
by Dalai Lama
Hardcover: 208 Pages (2010-05-11)
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‌No country, no culture, no person today is untouched by what happens in the rest of the world.  Technological innovation, environmental degradation, economic gain & loss, nuclear weapons, instant communication have all created unprecedented familiarity among the world’s many cultures. With this historic development, the Dalai Lama understands that the essential task of humanity in the 21st Century is to cultivate peaceful coexistence. 
Many believe in the inevitability of an escalating “clash of civilizations”.  Peaceful coexistence has long been problematic with religion, and while previous conflicts over religious differences may have been significant and regrettable, they did not threaten the very survival of humanity. Now, when extremists can persuade followers with the immense emotional power of faith and have access to powerful technological resources, a single spark could ignite a powder keg of frightening proportions.
Yet the Dalai Lama shows how the challenges of globalization can also move us in another direction, to a deeper plane where nations, cultures, and individuals connect through their shared human nature.  All major religions confront the same perennial questions; each have distinct forms of expression. But this marvelous diversity of insight has the potential for inspiring dialogue which can enrich everyone’s pursuit of wisdom.  All faith traditions turn to compassion as a guiding principle for living a good life. It is the task of all people with an aspiration to spiritual perfection to affirm the fundamental value of the compassion. In this way we can truly develop a deep recognition of the value of other faiths, and on that basis, we can cultivate genuine respect.
In Toward a True Kinship of Faiths, the Dalai Lama also explores where differences between religions can be genuinely appreciated without serving as a source of conflict. The establishment of genuine harmony is not dependent upon accepting that all religions are fundamentally the same or that they lead to the same place.  Many fear that recognizing the value of another faith is incompatible with having devotion to the truth of one’s own.  Nevertheless, the Dalai Lama profoundly shows how a sincere believer can, with integrity, be a pluralist in relation to other religions without compromising commitment to the essence of the doctrinal teachings of their own faith.
An issue of central importance for the Dalai Lama personally and for the entire world in general, Toward a True Kinship of Faiths offers a hopeful yet realistic look at how humanity must step into the future. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This book offers an accurate, if simplified overview of the central teachings of many of the world's religions and the ways that they converge and diverge. As some one with multiple theological degrees, I appreciated how the many different faiths were presented without being watered down. The conclusions were strong and overall I found it offered some helpful suggestions for the ways that people of faith can interact with those of other faiths.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Plea for Peaceful Coexistence
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has become a widely respected and revered figure by many people who do not practice Tibetan Buddhism. The many writings under his name explore a variety of topics from Buddhist belief and practice to secular ethics, and to the relationship between science and religion.In his new book, "Toward a True Kinship of Faiths" (2010), the Dalai Lama expands upon ideas in many of his earlier writings to discuss the nature of religious pluralism. The book moves both on a personal and on a community, world-wide level.The issue the book addresses is how individuals and religions may be committed to their own individual faith traditions, or their secularism, while respecting the faith traditions or the secularism of other people or religions.Of course, this is a difficult, multi-leveled inquiry that has been asked and explored many times. The question is important because all too often religion becomes a means of divisiveness and anger among individuals and groups rather than a source of shared humanity.

The book begins on a more personal level than usual with a work of the Dalai Lama and proceeds towards the more abstract. Thus, in 1959, when as a young man of 24 the Dalai Lama fled Tibet for India, he had experience little of religious life beyond his own Buddhism.Over the years as he learned and gradually became an international figure, the Dalai Lama's horizons broadened. Early on, beginning in 1956 with a trip to India, he came into closer contact with other Asian religions such as Hinduism and Jainism and learned to appreciate them more than he had been able to do earlier with his strictly Buddhist education.Then, in the late 1960s, the Dalai Lama met and befriended Thomas Merton, the famous Trappist monk who had himself shown an interest in Eastern contemplation.The friendship with Merton was the beginning of the Dalai Lama's attempt to understand and appreciate Christianity.While living in India, the Dalai Lama also had the opportunity to get to know Muslim leaders and to gain respect for the peaceful, compassionate aspects of Muslim teachings. And the Dalai Lama saw the Jewish experience, with its long exile from the Holy Land as a model for the exile of his own Tibetan community. From various Jewish leaders, he learned as well about methods of Scriptural interpretation that paralleled his own experience and about Kaballah -- the expression of Jewish mysticism.

In the first half of this book, the Dalai Lama expands upon his experiences with different religions and how these experiences taught him. He then moves to more difficult and broader inquiries. Many people see what they regard as the onlyapparent diversity in religious beliefs and argue that all religions are fundamentally the same under the variety. The Dalai Lama respects but rejects this view because it is difficult to say in what sense theistic religions, such as Judaism or Christianity, are "the same" as nontheistic religions such as Buddhism or Jainism. For the Dalai Lama, then, the metaphysics of religion are irreducibly plural.But the religions share, he claims, a common ethics based upon shared humanity, and a practice of compassion and the development of selflessness.

From trying to show how religions share a similar ethics of compassion, the Dalai Lama moves to a discussion of the importance of religions living in peaceful coexistence with one another, and he offers a rather vague programme of inter-religious learning and cooperation. The heart of the book comes in a chapter titled "The Problem of Exclusivism" in which the Dalai Lama struggles with the question suggested in the first paragraph of this review:how it is possible for a person to be committed to his or her own religious tradition while respecting and being open to the traditions of other people.This is a difficult question.Basically the Dalai Lama's answer turns upon a recognition by each person of the value of his own religion to him, and an appreciation that other people find similar values of compassion and love in the metaphysics and religion which they practice. There can be personal committment without exclusivism.A person can follow the spiritual path he chooses based upon his background and experiences and culture and be committed to it while respecting and understanding that other people from different backgrounds and underlying predelicitions will make different choices. The different choices are metaphysical -- faith based -- but they each work their way to a basically shared human ethics of compassion. The Dalai Lama thus claims that faith based belief in a religion is fully compatible with respect for and an ability to learn from the faith traditions of others. The Dalai Lama expands the point in comparing faith based traditions to secularists who profess no faith. Secular metaphysics too works to teachings of compassion and respect.Hence, secular people and religious people can peacefully coexist with and learn from each other in common humanity.

The issues that this book raises are complex, especially in considering how religions can be pluralistic metaphysically and yet result in essentially parallel ethical teachings. While not minimizing the difficulties, the Dalai Lama writes in a down to earth, simple style.He explains the issues, in itself not an easy task, and writes eloquently towards a resolution. I don't know how this book was written, but an aura of sincerity shines through as the Dalai Lama speaks about himself and his own spiritual path and then generalizes his experiences so that others may share and understand.The book displays a since of urgency and importance in its message.The Dalai Lama concludes his book with a sustained appeal to believers and unbelievers alike.Here is a portion of it:

"Of my fellow religious believers, I ask this. Obey the injunctions of your own faith: travel to the essence of your religious teaching, the fundamental goodness of the human heart.Here is the space where, despite doctrinal differences, we are all simply human..... To all people, religious and nonvelieving, I make this appeal.Always embrace the common humanity that lies at the heart of us all.Always affirm the oneness of our human family.... Let not your differences from the views of others come in the way of the wish for their peace, happiness, and well-being." (pp.181-182)

This is a wise, deceptively simple book that will appeal to readers who have struggled with questions of religious belief and religious pluralism.

Robin Friedman

2-0 out of 5 stars Dialog of World Religions Demands More Than Generalities
The Dalai Lama has entered the field of dialog of world religions with this book.The seven commentators above have mostly empty accolades to offer in a dogmatic, vague and worshipful manner toward him as a great spiritual figure.A critical comment takes him to the task for not practicing what he preaches.But there is almost a total lack of clear and precise thinking in both the Dalai Lama and the reviewers who are greatly but vainly impressed by him.
Compassion as a key concept indeed makes good sense and makes one's approach look very friendly and fair.But it is important to know why one is being compassionate.A Christian missionary also claims to be compassionate toward the soul he is trying to convert to his faith, uprooting his victim from his culture.Buddhist compassion has no metaphysical basis, unlike virtually all other faiths who profess a higher spiritual entity like God.All humans being the children of God provides a great source for compassion to one's own brothers and sisters.Also, those religions who profess monism, on the other hand, also have a basis in that they admit only one spiritual being that manifests equally in all diverse individuals.Buddhism lacks that too, having a nihilistic approach to reality.True, Madhyamika school, to which the Dalai Lama belongs, admits Void as a singular source of everything but such Void is obviously too devoid of any substantiality to be a viable source for compassion.
You can distinguish any two religions and call them "different".Exclusivist religions will always play that game, to preserve their own validity.The Dalai Lama does this too.But he also talks about religious pluralism.The contradiction is transparent, though a generous reviewer will overlook it, as all reviewers here have done.The point to ponder is what, if any, is the basis for religious pluralism.The only answer can be that there is a spiritual entity behind the whole universe that is ineffable and all whose descriptions are inadequate.Rigveda, the most ancient of all religious scriptures, has said: It is the one and the same being that is spoken of differently by different wise people.This forms the only viable solid basis for a true religious pluralism.That names, forms and descriptions of the source being are different but the being itself is the same among the feigned differences of credal nature in world religions.If this is not admitted, one will be uttering only imprecise generalities like compassion and religious pluralism without grounding them in clear and consistent thought, let alone anything that religions can potentially move toward.The problem of exclusivism in world religions can be ignored only if one wants to pay lip service to respecting all religions without seeking a real common metaphysical ground.A basis for inclusivism needs to be created if there is any hope of true dialog.Otherwise, religions at best will keep agreeing to disagree and religious pluralism will only mean that there are many religions in the world after all.What a discovery!You do not need a high sounding and higher promising phrase like religious pluralism to describe such a platitude.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Twentyfirst Century Vision
This is not a particularly Buddhist book. The Dalai Lama has written this as a fellow spiritual traveler as much as or maybe more than a Buddhist teacher.
I deeply appreciated his view and was at times moved to tears with his honoring of the scriptures and teachers of other faiths, particularly his words about Jesus and Mary.
In relation to Tibetan Buddhism he acknowledged Buddhist polemics without falling into them.
For instance he clearly speaks about the different schools of Hinduism in such a way that shows a sympathy and empathy that many of the texts of Tibetan Buddhism lack. He points out differences between views and then points out the value of the different view rather than using the difference to prove Buddhist teaching as correct.
This was truly trustable and deeply moving to me. He has a vision that values the differences without sacrificing the compassion that is the common basis and argues for respectful plurality rather than a merging of faiths.
It is well reasoned and worth reading for anyone interested in world peace.

5-0 out of 5 stars Both an Important Spiritual and Intellectual Lesson
His Holiness provides much for you to ponder here, both intellectually and spiritually.Whether you are looking for a fresh perspective to enliven and deepen your spiritual path or if you are interested in the longterm issues that confront the world, I highly recommend you take a look at this book.It's an engaging and quick read but, if you're like me, it will shift your understanding and appreciation for the spirituality of globalism. ... Read more

10. The Meaning of Life
by The Dalai Lama
Paperback: 164 Pages (2000-11-01)
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In The Meaning of Life the Dalai Lama presents the basic worldview of Buddhism while answering some of life's most profound and challenging questions: Why are we in this situation? Where are we going? How should we live our lives? Do our lives have any meaning? Basing his explanation on the twelve links of dependent-arising as depicted in the Buddhist image of the Wheel of Life, His Holiness vividly describes how human beings become trapped in a counterproductive prison of selfishness and suffering, and shows how to reverse the process, changing the limiting prison into a source of help and happiness for others. Suffused with the Dalai Lama's intelligence, wit, and kindness, these teachings address such issues as how to deal with aggression from within and without; how to reconcile personal responsibility with the doctrine of selflessness; how to face a terminal illness; how to help someone who is dying; how to reconcile love for family with love for all beings; and how to integrate this practice into everyday life.Amazon.com Review
The Dalai Lama never shies away from the big questions.The Meaning of Life is a collection of lectures given in London in1984 on the Buddhist worldview, before he had won the Nobel Peace Prize or become a bestselling author in English. Still, his message isessentially the same: practice nonviolence, cultivate altruism, andtransform consciousness. In these lectures, the Dalai Lama begins with apainting of the wheel of cyclic existence, depicting the levels of karmicexistence and symbols of the 12 links of dependent-arising. In otherwords, this painting, presented in seven color plates, is a visualsummation of the basic tenets of Buddhism. The Dalai Lama draws onthe painting to explain the 12 links of dependent-arising and then thepath that leads to liberation from them. A nuts and bolts book, readerswill enjoy it for its detail and for the broad range of questions elicitedin listeners. --Brian Bruya ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Ignorance leads to rebirth
It is not introduction to Buddhism but an in depth analysis of rebirth and karma. The book details on how ignorance leads to other causes and effect resulting in rebirth. Rebirth can be avoided by overcoming ignorance and enlightening like Buddha. But the concept is not easy to understand. I have to read the book three or four times to get a good understanding. If you have patience, interest in spirituality and Buddhism, then the book may of interest to you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Advanced book describing the complex and deep meaning of the popular Buddhist Wheel Of Life painting
The Meaning of Life is a collection of lectures given in London in 1984 that uses the Buddhist painting of the Wheel Of Life to depict the levels of karmic existence and symbols of the 12 links of dependent-arising.

The Tibetan Wheel of Life is perhaps the most common of all pictures in Buddhist art and is seen on the walls of monasteries and painted scrolls all over Tibet, Nepal and other Himalayan countries. The 23 parts of the painting represent in visual terms some of the more fundamental teachings in Buddhism such as the 12 steps of dependent origination, the karmic laws of cause and effect, and the three kleshas of ignorance, greed and hatred.

This is a deep, more advanced Buddhist book. I read this many years ago when I was just starting to learn Buddhism, and I found the book far too complex and confusing. I reread the book five years later, and now its message comes across in a much clearer manner.

4-0 out of 5 stars EVERYTHING TO GAIN....from PEACE
If I could interview ANYONE living or dead it would be the Dalai Lama.A man who answers all of mans eternal questions of the purpose of living and the focus of life.

Follow his teachings and find your own destiny and peace in your spirit.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book very accessible and easy to follow
This is a must read from His Holinest the 14th Dalai Lama.He explains the Buddhist principle of dependent arising in a very down to earth method.He is the master at taking a very deep theroretical Buddhist subject and breaking it down and showing how it applies to our everyday life.Taken from a series of teachings His Holiness gave in 1984 in London, the book is a lightly edited transcription by Jeffrey Hopkins, who was the translator for His Holiness at these lectures truly makes this a must read if you want to understand the Twelve Links of Dependent Arising.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Complex Text, But Nevertheless Valuable
While I can sympathize with "a reader" on the fact that this book is in some instances somewhat esoteric, it is nonetheless a helpful text. The Dalai Lama has plenty of books out there that are less dense, I would suggest "An Open Heart" or "How To practice" for anyone who has problems absorbing the contents of this particular work. I will also make the point that Tibetan Buddhism is not ALL of Buddhism, and if you have trouble identifying with it I would suggest searching for other traditions you may more easily identify with. I practice Zen, but I can say also that I find a lot of value in the Dalai Lama's words in pretty much everything I`ve to date read by him. He's a magnificent spiritual mentor and friend to us all.

The Meaning of Life is a comprehensive, yet likewise somewhat confusing, glimpse into the amazing philosophical thought of Tenzin Gyatso. He deals a lot with the idea of metaphysics here and it's true, if you are not somewhat familiar with some basic Buddhist concepts, you may have a difficult time taking much in the realm of that which is beneficial from this book. He uses the Wheel of Life as a centerpiece for all that stems off in form of philosophy in this work, explaining how humans are often trapped by their own selfish thinking and desires. That part is hopefully not very hard for any of us to understand. It's sort of like 3 + 3 = 6. Simple math. I myself having practiced Korean Zen for quite some years now must admit, however, that I cannot fully grasp everything that is written here. But it nevertheless is an engaging work that one goes back to reading over and over again gaining new and fresh insights. So if you're a novice, yeah I might agree this is not the best of books as far as an introduction. But it's a great book to have hanging around to spiritually grow. So I recommend this book to everyone, but am aware that it's probably been designed for those more accustomed to this line of thought. Great book, though. I hope you enjoy it. ... Read more

11. The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World
by Dalai Lama, Howard Cutler M.D.
Hardcover: 368 Pages (2009-10-06)
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Blending common sense and modern psychiatry, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World applies Buddhist tradition to twenty-first-century struggles in a relevant way. The result is a wise approach to dealing with human problems that is both optimistic and realistic, even in the most challenging times.

How can we expect to find happiness and meaning in our lives when the modern world seems such an unhappy place?

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has suffered enormously throughout his life, yet he always seems to be smiling and serene. How does he do it? In The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, Dr. Cutler walks readers through the Dalai Lama's philosophy on how to achieve peace of mind and come to terms with life's inherent suffering. Together, the two examine the roots of many of the problems facing the world and show us how we can approach these calamities in a way that alleviates suffering, and helps us along in our personal quests to be happy. Through stories, meditations, and in-depth conversations, the Dalai Lama teaches readers to identify the cultural influences and ways of thinking that lead to personal unhappiness, making sense of the hardships we face personally, as well as the afflictions suffered by others. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A very insightful and helpful book
The Art of Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Handbook for Living

The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World is an absolutely amazing book. It is helpful in that it allows you to understand yourself and others. The book also discusses hate, violence and evil. His Holiness says that the Western world tends to see everything in black and white: good/evil, hate/love, and fear/aggression.In Buddhism, that is not the message. Not only are there shades of gray but also causes and consequences (karma). The one outstanding aspect is that the title is very relevant to today's circumstances in the real world. We are living in yes, a very troubled world. But this book, though published in 2009, was actually written before the recession/depression we are now experiencing in our daily lives. I highly recommend this book for His Holiness' Insights and Dr. Cutler's views and narration. Also, if you remove the book cover, you may notice that the maroon and yellow colors match the colors of the traditional Tibetan Buddhist robes. Also, along with the original Art of Happiness, which is now being distributed in a tenth anniversary edition, are twos books that are healing, moving, and insightful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finding Happiness in Oneself and Others
In 1998, H.H. the Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard C. Cutler, an American psychiatrist, wrote a book, "The Art of Happiness" which became a surprise best-seller. The Art of Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Handbook for LivingThis book taught the importance of looking within and of controlling destructive emotions in finding happiness.Then, in 2003, the Dalai Lama and Dr. Cutler again collaborated in a book "The Art of Happiness at Work" which explores the reasons why many people suffer from job dissatisfaction and offers suggestions about improving one's life in the workplace. The Art of Happiness at Work

The Dalai Lama and Dr. Cutler have again collaborated on this third book, "The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World" (2009) which is substantially more ambitious in scope than its predecessors.The book is based upon a series of conversations between the two men held over the course of several years. Dr. Cutler wrote and formatted the book which was then read and approved by the Dalai Lama's interpreter. The book is roughly structured in the form of conversation and follow-up.Dr. Cutler and the Dalai Lama meet for, roughly, one hour per day during which Cutler questions the Dalai Lama on various matters pertaining to finding happiness.The Dalai Lama responds, frequently by reformulating Cutler's questions, and the two attempt to elaborate their ideas. Cutler usually takes the role of questioner. Following Cutler's descriptions of the meetings, he elaborates and expounds upon the Dalai Lama's ideas in his own voice. Sometimes Cutler offers a commentary upon what he has heard.But more often he uses his experience as a psychiatrist and his familiarity with recent psychological and neurological literature to put the Dalai Lama's ideas in a scientific context. The Dalai Lama's teachings, of course, are ultimately drawn from Buddhism, but this is not a religious book. Instead, the Dalai Lama presents what he calls "secular ethics" which he believes will be of value to people regardless of their religious commitments.Cutler writes from the perspective of Western science with the aim of showing the wisdom to be found in the Dalai Lama's teachings.

The book examines a common dichotomy in thinking about happiness. Some people believe happiness is an individual matter and must be pursued by each person for him or herself independently of social issues. Other people think, roughly, that happiness is social and that it is necessary to look at political and related conditions, such as poverty, war, and prejudice, and alleviate them if people are to be happy.In a variety of ways, the Dalai Lama and Cutler attempt to break down this dichotomy. They try to show that happiness is not an either-or situation but that the individual and the social depend upon each other. Thus, in the first part of the book, titled "I, Us, and Them" they reject both the dichotomy between "I or we" and the further dichotomy between "Us or Them." in favor of an understanding "Me and We" and "Us and Them." Their view is predicated on an understanding of the common humanity everyone shares in which the differences among people, while important and to be treasured and respected, pale in comparison to the qualities shared by all human beings.

In the second part of the book, "Violence versus Dialogue", the Dalai Lama expounds his teaching by focusing on the essential goodness and universality of human nature.He tries to explain the roots of violence in human destructive emotions and in the failure to understand reality. Realizing the difficulty and apparent intractability of some situations, the Dalai Lama and Cutler discuss the importance of seeing questions from many sides and from trying to understand the views of other persons.The authors believe these teachings have relevance to matters such as marriages, friendships, and the workplace, as well as to dealings between nations.Here again, there is a recognition on the Dalai Lama's part of the realistic, situational nature of this approach.It is not offered as a metaphysical or religious teaching.

The final part of the book "Happiness in a Troubled World" draws on the teaching of Buddhism that suffering is endemic to life.Perfection is not to be expected. The Dalai Lama and Cutler describe the importance of positive emotions, including hope, optimism and resilience in finding the way to happiness. Great emphasis is thinking about three things, 1. the social character of human life; 2. the interconnection and interdependence of people in the modern world; and 3. the common nature and character of all persons, in finding a way to individual and societal peace. The ultimate source of the teaching is empathy and compassion for both oneself and for others. In a brief summary in the Introduction to the book, Cutler describes its "key argument" that "positive emotions in general - and the supreme `positive emotions' of compassion and empathy in particular - lie at the intersecting point between inner and outer happiness, with the capacity to simultaneously bring about personal happiness and provide a potential solution to many of the problems plaguing society today (at least as the first step in overcoming these societal problems)"
(Introduction at xvi).

Of the three Dalai Lama - Cutler collaborations, this one is the most challenging. The book is difficult to read.It is written for the lay reader, certainly, but both the Dalai Lama and Cutler conduct their discussions at a learned, serious level. Regardless of one's religious commitments, there is much to be learned about redirecting one's thinking from reading this book. I found it auspicious to read this work at the beginning of a new year.

Robin Friedman

5-0 out of 5 stars For Seekers Everywhere

"Your Holiness," began Howard Cutler, "I'd like to talk to you this morning about this idea that we are all the same. You know, in today's world there is such a pervasive feeling of isolation and alienation among people, a feeling of separateness, even suspicion."
Suddenly the Dalai Lama started to laugh. As if he had a sudden epiphany, he exclaimed, "Yes! Now if we could get beings from Mars to come down to the earth, and pose some kind of threat, then I think you would see all the people on earth unite very quickly!"
Thus the pair began a series of conversations that continued intermittently for several years which form the basis of this book, a sequel to the best-seller The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living.
We can find happiness and meaning in our lives, even in the face of terrible suffering.
Highly recommended for those inclined to seek.

5-0 out of 5 stars A practical as well as spiritual guide
Buddhist spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and psychiatrist/neurology expert Howard C. Cutler, MD present The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, a guide to help readers of all faiths better understand the roots of human misery worldwide, and work to alleviate suffering while learning to experience personal happiness. Chapters discuss the prejudice as the "Us versus Them" mind-set that can blossom into extreme nationalism; the causes of violence and human cruelty; the human capacity for hope and compassion; the role of positive emotions in building a better world; and much more. A practical as well as spiritual guide, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World lives up to its title and is enthusiastically recommended not only for Buddhist studies shelves, but also for anyone seeking to improve their own lives and the lives of others.

5-0 out of 5 stars Importance of Community
I am always moved by the Dalai Lama and the wisdom he shares. The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World is exceptional.The Dalai Lama speaks about the importance of community. It is inspiring to look outside myself & see what needs to be taken care of.I'm discovering that when I pay attention to the welfare and well-being of others, I experience well-being and great satisfaction.

I am amazed just how simple it is to access a state of well-being. I'm discovering this by also reading How to Create a Magical Relationship: The 3 Simple Ideas that Will Instantaneously Transform Your Love Life & Working on Yourself Doesn't Work: The 3 Simple Ideas That Will Instantaneously Transform Your Life by Ariel & Shya Kane.When I don't work on myself, I can explore the possibilities of having a great life & sharing it with others. This is what the Dalai Lama & the Kanes speak about in their books. Treat yourself (and others) with these great books! ... Read more

12. Healing Anger: The Power of Patience from a Buddhist Perspective
by The Dalai Lama
Paperback: 156 Pages (1997-03-25)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Simple Buddhist Monk
His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama very often speaks of himself as a "simple Buddhist monk." Despite his rank and the great regard in which he is held by the world, he has no pretensions. Like all of us, he gets angry, has stomachaches, and breathes. That is what makes him so accessible to us all.

Shantideva was an Indian Buddhist, a sage who lived in the Eighth Century. His Holiness' reflections on Shantideva's "Bodhisattvacaryavatara" (also known in English as"A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way Of Life" or "Entering the Path of Enlightenment") are the subject of several of his books, including this one, which focuses on cultivating patience.

Although HEALING ANGER is a brief book, it is a very full book. Lay readers may find themselves a little lost among the unfamiliar cultural reference points, but whether you are a practicing Buddhist or not, this book is a major contribution to the cultivation of compassion in our lives. This is not, in the Western sense, a Self-Help book, nor does it respouse any form of pop psychology. This is not a manual on "Anger Management."

Rather, the Dalai Lama investigates the lessons that Shantideva teaches. Through a lucid discussion of Shantideva's meaning and through suggested practice exercises, the Dalai Lama guides us toward actualizing patience and compassion in our own lives. To work toward such actualization is the Bodhisattva's Way; to actualize these lessons in your own life IS to attain Nirvana.

4-0 out of 5 stars Astonished
I haven't had a chance to read it yet but again I loved the price I paid for it.. The condition of the book was accuarte.. I don't mind used books and loved that it was available for me. Thank You!

4-0 out of 5 stars fairly useful
This book and "The Art of Happiness" have pretty much the same content, so don't buy both. "Healing Anger" is organized in the form of eight talks and question-and-answer sessions over a four day period, whereas "The Art of Happiness" is organized topically. For this reason "The Art of Happiness" may be easier to use if you are interested in exploring particular topics. The downside of "The Art of Happiness" for me was Howard Cutler. I found his additions to what the Dalai Lama has to say didn't bring much value. What I was looking for in both books was mental exercises, and these are found in "Healing Anger" in each of the eight sessions in between the talk and the Q&A, so these are easier to find in "Healing Anger". I was a bit disappointed that neither book contained detailed treatments of some of the exercises referred to, such as the "seven-point cause and effect" and "equalization and exchange". These can be found on the internet by googling "Developing the Mind of Great Capacity".

4-0 out of 5 stars Read this book, it may change your life
Healthy approach on how to deal with anger in everyday life.This book really made a difference for me when dealing with a select few individuals. Taking a look at yourself and others from the Dahli Lama's perspective, really helped me elimninate anger.The only reason I am not giving this 5 stars is because there is a lot of information about the Buddhist practice.I didn't mind reading the Buddhist info, but did not purchase it for that reason. With that said; I found the entire book interesting (even the Buddhist info.)and would certainly buy the book again and strongly suggest it if you are looking to understand and deal with anger in a healthier way.

5-0 out of 5 stars briliant
Shantideva's analysis of anger and methods to increase patience is brilliant and Dalai Lama's commentary on Shantideva is lucid. Whenever I am angry I try to remember the teachings of the book and I find that the anger just evaporates. Unlike the Bible which says that one must be patient, not be jealous, angry etc, this book gives many disadvantages to anger as well as the advantages of patience so that one doesn't just accept certain qualities as virtues or vice blindly. Instead one finds practical reasons to cultivate or discourage certain qualities in oneself. Being a book based on Buddhist principles, you will find reasons based on the theory of reincarnation too. One can either take into account these reasons or not, based on one's acceptance of karma. The most powerful tool for understanding and not being affected by negative emotions is the the theory of dependent origination which states that we and the people we interact with are all interdependent on each other and have a history of reacting to each other even over lifetimes. This gives me great solace and patience when I find it perplexing to understand why someone is being so negative towards me for I can then say that perhaps I behaved badly with them in another lifetime. It is very liberating.

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13. The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality
by Dalai Lama
Paperback: 224 Pages (2006-09-12)
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Galileo, Copernicus, Newton, Niels Bohr, Einstein. Their insights shook our perception of who we are and where we stand in the world, and in their wake have left an uneasy coexistence: science vs. religion, faith vs. empirical inquiry. Which is the keeper of truth? Which is the true path to understanding reality?

After forty years of study with some of the greatest scientific minds, as well as a lifetime of meditative, spiritual, and philosophic study, the Dalai Lama presents a brilliant analysis of why all avenues of inquiry—scientific as well as spiritual—must be pursued in order to arrive at a complete picture of the truth. Through an examination of Darwinism and karma, quantum mechanics and philosophical insight into the nature of reality, neurobiology and the study of consciousness, the Dalai Lama draws significant parallels between contemplative and scientific examinations of reality.

This breathtakingly personal examination is a tribute to the Dalai Lama’s teachers—both of science and spirituality. The legacy of this book is a vision of the world in which our different approaches to understanding ourselves, our universe, and one another can be brought together in the service of humanity. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A wide point of view
It is not a scientific book but a book that speaks of science through the eyes and experience of His Holiness. It is interesting though not revealing. It does arise the morality issues regarding the new frontier of genetics but then there are not magic answers. Hoping that the scientific world has a morality compass to guide, or better yet, to constrain the reach of possibilities to the ones that are only beneficial to a wide range of population, or the ones that has no long term negative consequences are in fact the wishes of all of us.Intersting to read? Yes. Scientific? No.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking
When I'm looking for a new book to read, I always
read the Amazon reviews.Even the not-so-great reviews
for this book were well thought out and balanced.I
had to take a look.I may not agree with everything
in the book, but I found it be thought provoking and
well worth my time.Whenever we, as human beings,
attempt to bring together science and spirituality, it
is, in my humble opinion, a step foward in the evolution
of our species. Sherri Cortland,ND; [...]

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book
The Dalai Lama shares his knowledge and opinions in a way I just wasn't expecting.Not only is he a world spiritual leader, he also has an enormous level of knowledge in the way of science, technology, and medicine.In this book, he challenges the scriptural basis of religion while still conveying his faith in his way of life.He is extremely open-minded when it comes to scientific discovery and he is also critical of the scientific community's complete rejection of first-person observation.Excellent points in this book, I've read it three times now.

3-0 out of 5 stars Well written, well intentioned - poorly argued
Though so well-written and polished that it's impossible these are the words of H.H. himself, I have no reason to suspect the spirit and intention behind the words isn't truly his own. This is a great read, and I think that the Dalai Lama had only the best of intentions in producing this work.

It starts out very endearingly, relating his early life and introduction to science through Heinrich Harrer and eventually many eminent scientists, after he fled Tibet in 1959. These encounters are presented in a very charming and humorous way and the Dalai Lama's humility shines as he makes every effort to take his background in Buddhist philosophy and somehow use it to grasp genetics, cosmology, quantum physics, neuroscience and more. If only every non-scientist took such an active interest!

The problem though, for me, is that this lack of real scientific training becomes evident as the Dalai Lama begins to present his own arguments. There are frequent calls for rational inquiry, comparison of disparate claims mediated by valid evidence, etc., but when it comes down to it he seems incapable of following these principles. As an example, the thorny issue of human cloning comes up, and H.H. mentions his own profound disgust when first becoming aware of the implications - and then goes on to recommend our 'innate sense of disgust' as valid criteria for deciding what's right and wrong, as these extremely complex issues begin to pile up around us. This might even be a good criteria in this particular situation - but then, there are a lot of people who think they feel an 'innate disgust' at Islam, or Christianity, and that doesn't prove it's 'wrong.' Possibly the most irritating for me was when he went on to claim that if we use genetic engineering to enhance people (which will undoubtedly be a costly process, at least at first), then we risk turning an 'inequality of circumstance (relative wealth) into an inequality of nature' (relatively superior genomes). Definitely a legitimate concern - but has it not occurred to him that the system of reincarnate lamas (tulkus) in Tibet is probably the closest extant example of exactly such a system? That he himself has lived 95% of his life in egregious wealth and privilege (relative to the average Tibetan, anyway) precisely because most Tibetans believe that he (and other 'tulkus' - there are hundreds, if not thousands of reincarnate lama lineages) somehow has an inherently superior nature or karmic conditions (what could be considered the Tibetan Buddhist version of genetics). A lot of the other arguments, regarding karma, reincarnation, etc., basically hover around the idea, 'Science hasn't proved them wrong yet, so we're going to continue believing them.' His 'support' for reincarnation comes in the form of relying on the testimony of a 4-year-old girl in India who claims to remember her past lives. "Such phenomena cannot be easily ignored" he says - and yet the Tibetan Buddhists 'easily ignore' the many other facets of Indian religion that don't accord with their views - things like the supremacy of Shiva (not Buddha!), or Vishnu incarnating in the world, and so on. In another book (Consciousness at the Crossroads), an open-minded neuroscientist actually suggests a very simple experiment that could prove or disprove reincarnation - "Let's see how much science/neuroscience the 15th Dalai Lama can remember from this life, where you've been exposed to so much scientific training!" No one seems eager to take him up on any experiment so clear and reasonable.

None of this is to say H.H. is a bad guy - actually I think he is making an incredible contribution to the world. That doesn't change the fact that when he argues here against science or presents his views on issues such as genetic engineering, he rarely avoids hypocrisy or ostrichism.

The major exception to this is the research he has greatly helped to facilitate in beginning the scientific study of meditation and long-term meditators - this is the one area of Buddhism I know of that is being vindicated by true empirical/rational inquiry (as he recommends), and this contribution alone is very meaningful.

Recommended, but don't expect science to 'converge' with Tibetan Buddhism and support the reincarnation of high lamas any time soon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great wisdom from a great man!
I had originally found this book at the library, I had a lot of extra time a few years back and decided to go on a reading quest, anyone ever do that?I only had one book that I read and read it religiously for ten years, The Archaic Revive by Terence McKenna.
I decided to check out the bibliography for this book.I was interested in what books had inspired him and then what books inspired them and so on, I wanted to get to the source of it all, and to make a long story short, eventually I came to Aristotle, Socrates, Buddhist wisdom, shamanism, and quantum mechanics.
In my opinion The Dalai Lama is one of the last great thinkers left, and in this book he goes on his own quest of sorts to study technology and science and goes into great detail about how this can benefit spirituality, I learned a great deal from his wisdom and so will you, it's a must read! ... Read more

14. Live in a Better Way: Reflections on Truth, Love, and Happiness
by Dalai Lama
Paperback: 240 Pages (2002-04-02)
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Imbued with a friendly tone and pithy wisdom, this handsome handbook to approaching life "in a better way" includes six of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's most accessible and inspirational public lectures. Following each talk are the original question-and-answer sessions in which His Holiness opens himself up to his listeners and-now-to readers everywhere. His characteristically candid guidance on living fully and responsibly, especially at the start of a new millennium, focuses on specific themes that range from religious tolerance to compassion and nonviolence. The book also includes a practical and highly readable introduction to Buddhism and the Dalai Lama's own spiritual heritage, written by the renowned Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.

Compiled and edited by Renuka Singh.
Introduction by Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.Amazon.com Review
Occasionally a book comes along that you want to takeoutside, shove into the hand of every passerby, and say, "Read this and beenlightened." The Dalai Lama's latest collection of lectures is like that.As you read, you begin to think what a wonderful world it would be ifeverybody thought like the Dalai Lama. Though the highest rankedleader of a world religion, the Dalai Lama insists that some of the mostimportant aspects of Buddhist practice are nonreligious, particularly thetraining of the mind. This he sees as essential to cultivating basicdecency in the day-to-day life of all people. To understand themotivations of others, to rein in negative emotions, to examine one'sown motivations--these are the steps to living peacefully and responsiblyin the world. On a deeper theoretical level, the Dalai Lama alsointroduces the importance of seeing through reality to the two levels oftruth as well as exploring karma and the nature of existence. Impromptuquestion-and-answer sessions round out some of the lectures, giving thelisteners a chance to pose their own questions. Read this and beenlightened. --Brian Bruya ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Basic Teaching
I listed to the book on tape, and it is the first book I have read by the Dalai Lama.He teaches very simply, and it is easy to understand his concepts. He gives a good overview of Buddhism, and the different types of Buddist teachings. On the Book on Tape I really didn't care for the person doing the reading, but that is a minor point. All in all, I got alot out of it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book on How to Live Your Life Meaningfully
"Pay attention not only to the cultivation of knowledge but to the cultivation of qualities of the heart, so that at the end of education, not only will you be knowledgeable, but also you will be a warm-hearted and compassionate person."

That's merely a brief excerpt from this book filled with whimsical and charismatic anecdotes from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The book is in effect a decade's collection of teachings he has given throughout his life, condensed into a book for our benefit. This collection of talks he gave in the 90's plainly lays out his viewpoint about how to follow the pathway ofone's inner self. This is one of those books that you know you won't be able to put into practice flawlessly, but there are things here you will discover that can help you feel better about how you are living and benefit others.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good
I enjoyed this book very much. I am not a student of the Dalai Lama but I did enjoy this work. I thought the lectures gave the novice a good idea about Budahist thought.

I would suggest this book to those of different faiths who are curious but do not want a deep thelogical work. This particular work is more like a set of sermons from a Christian preacher might be. While it does not give you the full picture it does give you enough to have a pretty good idea about what is going on in the faith.

I liked very much the discussions compassion. The idea that compassion not only leads to enlightenment but a happier existence here is something all of us no matter what faith we are could follow.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply great
Hey, read this book! All stuff from Enlightened beings of every religion, philosophy, social caste, skin colour, etc. such as Dalai Lama, Jesus Christ, Jahve, Osiris, Druids or maybe your silent and smiley neighbour are always a good reason to buy, read, listen, etc. their acts and activities!
And is always a pleasure to read/listen/whatever, so may they can infect us with their wonderfull enlightened and happyness virus!! I wanna be infected!

I haven't finished to read this book though, but I can say that it is simply a demonstration's of Dalai Lama's Wide Open Brain! Impermanence is the right word that resumes this book to me => What is eating meat, beans, grains, fruit, milk or vegetables but simply feed the food's need of anyone? Is that really important? Really? Who we are to judge anyone for doing this or that? When we, short of brain humans' may understand?

When are we going to start doing simpler stuff such as being happy and infect people around with this happyness, so everybody can only have to time for joy instead of violence in any of its forms?

Yeaps, I have read some "deeper" books, but hey, what is deepness?
Is "high intellectual" stuff better than having peace inside, and live in happyness with all our surroundng people/sentient beings/wanna-be-sentient beings/or things?

(: Smile :)
Life is short and we all have a lot of things to do!! Read this book and use it for your growing purposes!!

Luz Shiva Futten

2-0 out of 5 stars Hypocritical!
I was very disappointed in this book. I had always been a big fan of the Dalai Lama...BUT this book was so vague and full of generalities and hypocrisy! I almost could not believe that although the Dalai Lama professes vegetarianism to be the only way to lead a compassionate life .... he feels that he "has" to eat meat to stay healthy. What??? Eating meat is against every basic principle of Buddism! And that is not where the hypocrisy ends...I shared this book with others who also found much fault in the Dalai Lama's latest book. He is steering away from true Buddism ... and becoming as "middle of the road" as the rest of societies apathetic leaders. Shame. ... Read more

15. Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama: The Untold Story of the Holy Men Who Shaped Tibet, from Pre-history to the Present Day
by Alexander Norman
Paperback: 448 Pages (2010-02-16)
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The Complete Story of the Dalai Lamas

   His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is known to the world for his efforts to preserve Tibetan culture and for his inspiring spiritual teachings. Often unnoticed, however, is the long, colorful history from which this most beloved of holy men has emerged. In Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama, Alexander Norman tells this story in full for the first time, from Tibetan Buddhism’s foundational narratives to the present-day crisis faced by Tibet. 
   And what a story it is. Along with dedicated monks selflessly serving the Tibetan people, among His Holiness’s spiritual forebears there are a Dalai Lama who waged wars, a womanizing and inebriated poet, and several who wound up dead following disputes over temporal power. Also, while Western practitioners focus on Tibetan Buddhism’s liberating vision of enlightenment, it simultaneously contains ritual practices of prophecy and magic, as well as a vivid pantheon of deities and demons.
   In the end, although Tibet falls short of the Western myths of a Himalayan utopia, by illuminating the historical struggle toward compassion and selflessness embodied in the Dalai Lama lineage, Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama ultimately reveals a reality that is vastly more compelling than any romance of “Shangri-La” and provides deeper reasons for admiring Tibetan tradition. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Very Interesting Political History of Tibet
If you are looking for a readable, engaging political history of Tibet, you should have no reservations about purchasing this book.If you want to read about the history of Buddhism in Tibet and its various sects and lineages, you might want to look elsewhere.This book does at times touch on Buddhism's history and development in Tibet, but it's not the focus.As a political history, however, this book is very enjoyable and informative.Though hardly comprehensive, it does a great job hitting the high points and focuses on how the fourteen Dalai Lamas have participated in, and steered, the history of Tibet.Another focus is the interaction between the Tibetans and both the Mongols and the Manchus, both politically and religiously.The book also contains several introductory chapters documenting the transmission of Buddhism from India and China into Tibet.

Norman does not subscribe to the "Shangri-La" perspective of Tibet.His presentation depicts a Tibet that was inhabited and presided over by human beings and that has had its share of political and religious strife, including coups, religious persecution, and assassinations.If you find this bothersome, you might wish to avoid this book.That said, Norman is not anti-Tibet, and he is certainly respectful and appreciative of its religious history and genuinely pious historical figures.He just doesn't sugarcoat the negative aspects, especially the Gelug treatment of other sects and in-house dissidents.With respect to the China/Tibet debate, Norman is decidedly on the side of Tibet in terms of the historical links between the two cultures.He strongly implies that China's version of past events (i.e. Tibet has always been a protectorate of the various Chinese empires) is tantamount to revisionist history.

I found this book to be very engaging and not your typical "dry" history text (in 1312, this happened - in 1323, that happened, etc.).Again, if you want a comprehensive history of Buddhism in Tibet, there are other books that can better meet your needs, but this book accomplishes its purpose quite well.Highly recommended.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting content badly presented
This book focuses on Tibet's political history, and I give it two stars for its detailed contents and the extensive bibliography. However, the book needs an editor (to 'memorialize' a person doesn't mean 'to send them a letter'- at least I've never seen that meaning). The reader could also use help with the chronology and with those difficult Tibetan names - especially since many of the Tibetans have both secular and 'professional' religious names. Many of the footnotes and/or endnotes could have been included in the text. I'm also squeamish about the many detailed stories of Tibetan torture - I don't REALLY need to know the specific punishment meted out to so and so.

However, the topic certainly has my interest, and I'm currently making a list of further reading from the bibliography. And the cover graphic is great.

3-0 out of 5 stars Tibet and Its' Holy Men
This book is a history of the Holy Men, the Dalai Lama and the country of Tibet. It seems to be thoroughly researched and is very exacting in it's detail as Alexander Norman progresses through the ages.
The present Dalai Lama lent his support to the writing of this manuscript; although he saysin his forward that he does not agree with everything.
Sometimes the history is deeper than a casual reader can comfortably understand, for example in the frequent use of tantric and words such as antinomianism. There is a glossary to help, but a chronological listing of the Holy Men would have been very helpful; however there are many enlightening footnotes to help in understanding. The traditions of Tibet and its' many deities are covered from the early 600's to the present.
This reading is not for someone who wants an easy reading of Tibet and the Dalai Lamas. What the book shows is not the serene, peaceful vision that many have of Tibet, but a country that has had its' share of violence both within and from others. It would make a good textbook on the subject, but does little to go into the heart and soul of the country and its' religion.

4-0 out of 5 stars History of Tibet
This book is a good read. The history of Tibet and the Dali Lamas. It takes almost a third of the book to get started with the Lamas but it is well worth the wait as the pre-history is well done and required for the story. It was helpful to learn that Tibet and China have been going at it for a very long time. Not strictly about Buddhism but the context Tibetan Buddhism grew up in. Can also recommend "The Open Road" by Pico Iyer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama

An excellent introduction to the history of Tibetan Buddhism and the god-rulers, the Dalai Lamas. ... Read more

16. The Essence of Happiness
by Dalai Lama, Howard C Cutler
Hardcover: 224 Pages (2010-11-04)
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The essence of the iconic book The Art of Happiness distilled into a beautiful new format.

The Dalai Lama inspired millions around the world with his wisdom and compassion in The Art of Happiness. Now, in The Essence of Happiness, moving insights from His Holiness are gathered in an elegantly designed keepsake book that makes for a handy and accessible medium for that wisdom.

Offering sage advice on defeating day-to-day depression, anxiety, anger, jealousy, and other emotions that get in the way of true happiness, the pages of The Essence of Happiness contain transforming reflections on how to overcome suffering and obstacles to create a fulfilled, joyous life.

With its new package, ideal for taking anywhere, The Essence of Happiness is poised to become the handbook for living. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great thoughts
Is a nice book, but not as much of the Dalai Lama as I hoped. ... Read more

17. Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of The Dalai Lama
by Dalai Lama
Paperback: 320 Pages (1991-08-01)
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In this astonishingly frank autobiography, the Dalai Lama reveals the remarkable inner strength that allowed him to master both the mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism and the brutal realities of Chinese Communism.Amazon.com Review
The Dalai Lama's autobiography should leave no one in doubt of his humility and genuine compassion. Written without the slightest hint of pretense, the exiled leader of Tibet recounts his life, from the time he was whisked away from his home in 1939 at the age of 4, to his treacherous escape from Tibet in 1959, to his winning of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. The backdrop of the story is the 1950 Chinese invasion of Tibet. He calmly relates details of imprisonment, torture, rape, famine, ecological disaster, and genocide that under four decades of Chinese rule have left 1.25 million Tibetans dead and the Tibetan natural and religious landscapes decimated. Yet the Dalai Lama's story is strangely one of hope. This man who prays for four hours a day harbors no ill will toward the Chinese and sees the potential for good everywhere he casts his gaze. Someday, he hopes, all of Tibet will be a zone of peace and the world's largest nature preserve. Such optimism is not naive but rather a result of his daily studies in Buddhist philosophy and his doctrine of Universal Responsibility. Inspiring in every way, Freedom in Exile is both a historical document and a fable of deepest trust in humanity. --Brian Bruya ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
It's amazing how much he remembers from his childhoo! The book opened me up to the truths of buddhism and the hardships they face. I definitely recommened it!

2-0 out of 5 stars slight and prejudices
I was not expect a objective writing about the sensitive subject of China-Tibet relationship, however I was appalled and troubled, by some choice words of prejudices on this subject. Apparently, people of all over the world are generally nice, gracious, open and friendly except when it come to Chinese, who can do no right. When they build factories in Tibet, the products produced are intended for China inland, when they build schools, they are intended for learning Mao Tse-Tung doctrine and writing confession, when they build hospitals, no Tibetan can benefit because they only treat Chinese patients with donated Tibetan blood. Building roads are evil too, because Tibetans are under forced labor, except when Tibetan building roads in India refuge camp. Oh, there one part about Chinese eating dead baby too.

Only the religions part of writing warrant a extra star.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bought for daughter
I purchased this for my daughter because she needed it for her English reading in school, she is a junior. The purchase process was simple & deliver of the product was more than I expected! She was worried that it would not be delivered by the estimated they gave us, but it was delivered before the date & that made her so happy! Great service, I will use again & again! Thank you! Oh, & my daughter finds this autobiography outstanding to read & understand, she got a great grade on her 5 page essay about this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Very Important Story to Know
The Dalai Lama, a winner of the Nobel Prize in 1989, tells his life's story in this readable, gripping account of himself and his country.He clarifies that this is not a book about Buddhism, and he is correct.He does not expound upon Buddhist philosophy much, but he does present some of his own core views:such as the essentially universal nature of human beings all over the world, and basic core ethics of loving kindness, non-violence, and justice.Readers will learn who this man is, where he was born, how he became the Dalai Lama, and how the Chinese government cruelly and savagely ripped away Tibet's independence.Written in clear, simple English, the book nonetheless succeeds in painting a rich portrait of Tibet.It illustrates also some of the customs of Tibetan culture that are in so much danger of being forgotten, or at least drown-out in a country that is rapidly becoming subsumed under the Chinese influence.A strongly recommended read.

4-0 out of 5 stars An intense account of the barbarism experienced in the name of ideology
Beginning in a world that was so alien to our present society, the current Dalai Lama commences his autobiography 'Freedom in Exile' with a detailed description of life in pre-occupied Tibet; a society that had managed to remain untouched by the effects of modernization and secularism that have moulded our civilization into its present shape.He retails his own experience of living in monastic Tibet, from his `discovery' as the 14th reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, to his eventual enthronement as the supreme leader of the remote nation.

However, it was with the 1950 occupation of Tibet by the People's Liberation Army that forced Tibet into the eye of the international community.The invasion by China and the subsequent demolition of Tibetan society piece by piece, and life by life, is recounted in astonishing detail, as is the inspiring efforts by the Dalai Lama in attempting to challenge the actions of the Communist Party of China, which included several personal meetings with the seemingly amiable Chairman Mao.Engrossingly, he explains the chain of events which eventually led to his exile from his native land, and his life-long commitment to championing the people of Tibet against Communist oppression.

The Dalai Lama is clearly a formidable writer, and details his life in an immensely holding fashion.While the Dalai Lama is a religious leader, and while there are sections of the book which explain Buddhist thought, `Freedom in Exile' is not a religious work, nor even a book about religion.It is, however, the self-told life of an influential, and seemingly incorruptible, political figure who defends his homeland and its people with an all-too rare intensity While it an obvious fact that an autobiography by the Dalai Lama will be biased towards the Tibetan cause, it is a much maligned truth that not all situations have two equally opposing positions.Anyone who takes the time to read this book should conclude with the same opinion. ... Read more

18. The Path to Tranquility: Daily Wisdom (Compass)
Paperback: 432 Pages (2002-08-27)
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The Dalai Lama serves as a living symbol of holiness and selfless triumph over tribulation for people of all religious traditions-as well as those with no religious affiliation at all. This collection of daily quotations drawn from His Holiness's own writings, teachings, and interviews offers words of guidance, compassion, and peace that are as down to earth as they are rich in spirit. Suffused with endearing informality, warmth, and practicality, they cover almost every aspect of human life, secular and religious--from loneliness, suffering, anger, and everyday insecurities to happiness, intimacy, and responsibility to others. With a special foreword by His Holiness on the power of meditation and personal responsibility, The Path to Tranquility is a fresh and accessible spiritual treasure to return to day after day, year after year.Amazon.com Review
Wouldn't it be nice to have a handy collection of highlightsfrom the Dalai Lama's writings and teachings? Renuka Singh, a studentand friend of the Dalai Lama, brings together a sampling of his wordsfor each day of the year in The Path to Tranquility. In herselections you can sense the intimate encouragement of thestudent-teacher relationship. The Dalai Lama's words are not distantplatitudes or profound proclamations but rather small insights andpatient exhortations to keep trying. "We can deny everything exceptthat we have the possibility of being better." "As a spiritualtrainee, you must be prepared to endure the hardships of beinginvolved in a genuine spiritual pursuit." "Nothing is more importantthan guarding the mind." These thoughts are germane to practicalcultivation, and pondering a daily passage is a great way to keep themind coming back to its center. Take a page from the Dalai Lama, andset yourself on the path to tranquility. --Brian Bruya ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dalai Lama - my new daily meditations
I love that this CD recording of the Dalai Lama's quotes is broken down into 10-15 minute sets.Perfect timing for a short morning meditation or before bedtime relaxation.The readers have wonderfully soothing voices and the passages chosen are poignant, thought-provoking and spiritually uplifting.Wonderful CD set!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Really Positive Daily Read
I love the Dalai Lama's teachings and writings, so I already knew I would probably like this book.I have truly enjoyed this one, and I continue to every day.Each day, the book offers a short but very insightful piece of wisdom.It makes you think and feel good to read it, and over time it becomes easier to see things in a better light.I found myself feeling more calm, not fretting the small things, enjoying little moments more.I would recommend this to anyone, of any religion, who wants to think more positively about life in general.

5-0 out of 5 stars A reviewer's path
This reviewer finds that the product works quite well for reminding him about the spiritual side to life, but wishes the wisdom would continue for more than three CD's, as they seem a bit short.Repeating the albums works for some time, but the reviewer gets distracted by music stations and songs such as Black Sabbath's "I Sold my Soul for Rock and Roll", which do nothing for the reviewer's spiritual growth but he finds that it is a timeless classic.

All in all, this is recommended for keeping yourself in touch with more important things, like self development, and inner awareness.It also inspired the reviewer to learn more about Buddhism, but found that he could not force himself to believe that there is more than one lifetime for each creature.He couldn't discount the notion, but nor was he able to prove it to himself.

So the path continues...

3-0 out of 5 stars Good
This is good to read every morning, an inspiration from Dalai Lama.It is short however but can be use over and over again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Wisdom
This book is a daily reader.The author's words are at once educational, spiritual, and humane.Whatever we failed to learn through our formal or informal education and religious training can be made up for in this book.

I cannot envision ever outgrowing this book.For, as I grow and develop through the years, the words will have different meanings for me. ... Read more

19. Ethics for the New Millennium
by Dalai Lama
Paperback: 237 Pages (2001-05-01)
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Here is a moral system based on universal rather than religious principles. Its ultimate goal is happiness for every individual regardless of religious belief. Though the Dalai Lama is himself a practicing Buddhist, his approach to life and the moral compass that guides him can lead each and every one of us-Muslim, Christian, Jew, or Atheist-to a happier, more fulfilling life.Amazon.com Review
In a modern society characterized by insensitivity toviolence, ambivalence to the suffering of others, and a high-octaneprofit motive, is talk of ethics anything more than a temporary salvefor our collective conscience? The Dalai Lama thinks so. In hisEthics for the New Millennium, the exiled leader of the Tibetanpeople shows how the basic concerns of all people--happiness based incontentment, appeasement of suffering, forging meaningfulrelationships--can act as the foundation for a universal ethics.

His medicine isn't always easy to swallow, however, for it demands ofthe reader more than memorizing precepts or positing hypotheticaldilemmas. The Nobel Peace laureate invites us to recognize certainbasic facts of existence, such as the interdependence of all things,and from these to recalibrate our hearts and minds, to approach all ofour actions in their light. Nothing short of an inner revolution willdo. Basic work is required in nurturing our innate tendencies tocompassion, tolerance, and generosity. And at the same time, "we needto think, think, think ... like a scientist," reasoning out the bestways to act from a principle of universal responsibility. Like amerging of the care and compassion of Jesus, the cool rationality ofthe Stoics, the moral program of Ben Franklin, and the psychology ofWilliam James, Ethics for the New Millennium is a plea forbasic goodness, a blueprint for world peace. --Brian Bruya ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for every one to read!!!!!!
Great book for every one to read!!!!!!
It makes the perfect gift to anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars great message!
In his essay _Self-Reliance_, Ralph Waldo Emerson observes, 'In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.' This seems an appropriate way to describe one of the feelings invoked while I read H.H. the Dalai Lama's _Ethics for a New Millennium_; much of the message felt as if it was intuitive and deceivingly simplistic. Recognizing the sameness of people. Alleviating suffering. Practicing compassion. Yet on closer examination, it is clear that the practical application of these truths in daily life requires rigorous effort.

At least by Emerson's standard then, _Ethics for a New Millennium_ is a work of genius. One that gently reminds us of the proper way to treat others, and shows us we already know the way. It is also a call asking us to recognize the need for a modern, common secular ethic which transcends dogmatic differences. The proposal is that by practicing individually the compassion for others we inherently know is the best way to live, and which is espoused by most world religions, we might inspire others to do the same. A skeptic may dissent, but it seems clear to me that this approach can do little harm, and has great potential for good.

While being an instructional text, I found the tone of _Ethics for a New Millennium_ conversational. One of my favorite parts of the book was a glimpse of the author as human being. In discussing his interest in watches, watch repair, and his watch collection, the Dalai Lama shows that he is much more a human than an icon - thereby providing an example of the sameness of all people.

However, I feel I got more out of this work after first reading _The Art of Happiness_ by H.H. the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler. _Ethics for a New Millennium_ is primarily a theoretical outline, with a chapter or two that can be somewhat challenging. _The Art of Happiness_ is written largely by a psychiatrist, and is based upon his interviews with the Dalai Lama and watching him at several speaking engagements in the United States. While presenting much of the same conceptual material, it does so with more examples from the everyday lives of individuals.

In short, _Ethics for a New Millennium_ is slightly more discourse than illustration, while _The Art of Happiness_ is slightly more illustration than discourse. For a newcomer, I would suggest reading them in the order I did; _The Art of Happiness_ and then _Ethics for a New Millennium_.

5-0 out of 5 stars It just makes so much sense.
This was the first book that I have read by the Dalai Lama and I am intrigued to learn much more about Buddhism.This book was wonderful.It was so easy to read and follow.It really struck a chord with me.I was born into a Catholic family and community in the midwest and have stopped going to church years ago.This book really struck my spriritual side and is very thought provoking.I will read many more by him.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not Religious but Indeed Spiritual
As a professor of ethics, I highly recommend this book.Unlike many books on ethics the respected author takes a deep look at the interior aspects of what it means to be human; the essential component is what is left out from many books on this subject.
If you're looking for a totally academic approach to ethics, this is probably not your book.For me the strongest point is the "look inside" of humanity.While some of the Buddhist teachings certainly dominate his thought, there is no doubt this can be abook for any reader who is open minded about what it means to have peace on a personal level as well as global.This book is highly readable and unusually fresh and understandable. I give Dalai Lama's book a "thumbs up."Wish there were more who had the courage to think as he does. The Love Ethic

5-0 out of 5 stars the Dalai Lama transcends factionalism, denominalism
(sorry in advance) anyone who isn't moved by the kindness & compassion; the hopeful sayings of HH the Dalai Lama is either too cynical or not in touch with the needs of our complex/complicated 'society'.
His wisdom-compassion for all of humanity (and others), his lack of a vested interest, speaks for itself. ... Read more

20. The Essential Dalai Lama: His Important Teachings
Paperback: 288 Pages (2006-08-29)
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An invaluable collection that brings together the best of the Dalai Lama’s writings on all aspects of life

An inspiration to millions of people worldwide, the Dalai Lama has authored more than fifty books. Now, for the first time, The Essential Dalai Lama brings together the best of the Dalai Lama’s writings on all aspects of life, from work to meditation. Divided into four sections—The Vision, Buddhist Perspectives,Practice, A World in Harmony—The Essential Dalai Lama contains eloquent applications of the principles of ancient Buddhist thought to contemporary issues, all expressed in the Dalai Lama’s uniquely compelling voice. This is the perfect compilation for anyone who wishes to have one source for the Dalai Lama’s teachings or who seeks an introduction to the philosophy and practice of Buddhism. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars H.H. the Dalai Lama strikes again
The Essential Dalai Lama His Important Teachings, is a wonderful written and well thought out source of the core not just of Buddhism, but for life.He strikes a cord that transcends religions and opinions to what being a good person really is. What kindness and compassion really are and how by challenging our minds and our energy we can see life for what it really is and in that knowing find peace.I highly recommend this book for everyone.

3-0 out of 5 stars Unimpressive
Normally I am very impressed after reading Dalai Lama books; however, this one didn't leave me with the same feeling.

I suppose the title of this book:"The Essential Dalai Lama - His Important Teachings", was chosen because each chapter of this book consists of an excerpt taken from other Dalai Lama books.I think the best aspect of this book is that even though this book in its entirety is a compilation of sections taken from about 20 different Dalai Lama books, it flows and reads well, as if all the chapters were written for this one book.

The most disappointing feature of this book is that I didn't get anything out of it.Even the chapters that are sections out of what I think are from the "best" Dalai Lama books, are uninspiring in this book because this book lacks the many pages of "lead-in" that the original more thorough books have.

Fortunately, I have read many other Dalai Lama books prior to this one.I find that some of the Dalai Lama books are a waste of time to read, while others are some of the most enlightening books I've ever read.

To date, my two most favorite (5 Star)and highly recommended (essential) Dalai Lama books are:

A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night - A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life

The Heart of the Buddha's Path

5-0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to Buddhism
Before reading this book, I have read his two other phenomenal books by His Holiness - The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living and The Art of Happiness at Work.These two books are very practical books with concepts that we can easily relate to and apply to our day to day lives.I read them in a time of sadness and confusion, and they have really helped to put me on the right track again.

The Essential Dalai Lama provided a great introductionof the essential Buddhist concepts to me.The books is actually a collection of chapters from various books by His Holiness. The pace is good for beginners and the ideas are presented in great clarity.

From my point of view, most of the teachings from His Holiness are actually religiously neutral.Many of the concepts are simply ancient wisdoms that have been passed through the experience of many generations. These wisdoms can serve as short-cuts to help all of us, regardless of religious and cultural background, to understand our mind better, to live happier and healthier, and to make this world a better place for our fellow human beings.

To summarize, I think this book could be a bit theoretical as the first introduction to Buddhism.It's easier to read the two books that I mentioned earlier or other books by Thich Nhat Hanh such as Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life. On the other hand, for someone who wants to learn the key buddhist concepts in a systematic way for the first time, the Essential Dalai Lama offers an excellent choice. ... Read more

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