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How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2002

    Entering into the Spiritual Thoughts of the Dalai Lama

    Many religious leaders share the teaching of their faith and exhort you to follow their precepts. Rarely do religious leaders explain the mental processes they go through to attempt to follow those precepts themselves. While How to Practice certainly captures Buddhist beliefs, it is remarkably detailed in both how the Dalai Lama disciplines his mind and in exercises that you can follow. For Buddhists, this book is a plus. For nonBuddhists, there still are valuable lessons for following goodness, although you may choose not to follow some of the exercises. The book¿s premise is that you will learn ¿valuable techniques from Tibetan traditions which, if implemented in daily practice, lead to mental peace.¿ The Dalai Lama summarizes the essence of the Buddha¿s teaching as: ¿If possible, you should help others . . . at least . . . do no harm.¿ If you want to get a quick overview of what the recommended daily practices are, these are summarized on pages 214-223. If you are like me, you will come away very impressed with the magnitude of the moral focus behind these mental disciplines. I was impressed to learn about the different types of meditation that are possible, which each accomplishes, how sutras are used, and what Tantra practice is. The essence of the discipline is ¿morality, concentrated meditation and wisdom¿ developed in that order. The Dalai Lama also takes on a detailed description of what Enlightenment is all about, a most important Buddhist concept. Although I have heard many Buddhists speak about Enlightenment, I felt this explanation helped me to understand the concept much better than I did before. The book has a gentle persuasiveness that made me feel warm and appreciated. ¿I accept everyone as a friend.¿ The Dalai Lama also encourages you to ¿minimize anger and cultivate kindness and a warm heart.¿ May you find the truth that you seek, and share its warmth with all those you meet!

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    How to Practice offers concrete steps

    This is my second time reading this book; the first time was a few years ago and I enjoyed the way The Dalai Lama laid out concrete steps to spiritual understanding in terms that make sense.

    I'm reading it again because the first time I read it as an enjoyable read. I am reading it again because I am now ready to incorporate some of practices in this great little book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2014

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    Interestingly enough,everybody can take the simple practices of

    Interestingly enough,everybody can take the simple practices of this book to better their everyday lives.
    One line in this book has stood out in the my mind. "You should realize that difficult present circumstances are entirely due to your own past undisciplined actions, so when you experience a difficult period, do you best to avoid behavior that will add to the burden later on." (p 38). This is just one example of the suggestions given to living a more fulfilling life. I believe that he is right in his suggestion that money and posessions will not make a person happy in life. Each of us must discover what gives meaning to our life. To find this is really not that difficult as His Holiness reveals where it lies.Most striking of all is the Dalai Lama's comment at the very end of the book, "Though my own knowledge is limited and my experience is also very poor, I have tried my best to help you understand the full breadth of the Buddha's teaching." With these words, the Dalai Lama sets a startling example for the aspiring student by both showing humility and providing a reminder of the breadth and depth of Buddhist enlightenment. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in beginning to follow the Buddhist path.  

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  • Posted August 22, 2014

    excellent

    what can you say about this extraordinary teacher and his loving way to communicate? wonderful. full of wisdom. peace.

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