How to Practise: The Way to a Meaningful Life

How to Practise: The Way to a Meaningful Life

by Dalai Lama, Michael Rafkin
     
 

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

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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 seekers

toward 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
The Dalai Lama, a formidable teacher, presents a way that is the middle way, but not necessarily the easy way. Because the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism has a natural gift as well as the translating and publishing resources that makes his teachings accessible, it is easy to forget the rigor and depth of those teachings. Too, Buddhism so often appears in the West as a system of daily behavior and practice that it is also easy to overlook the compelling intellectual challenge it presents to the Western understanding of reality. His Holiness starts on familiar Buddhist ground (morality of action, suffering, compassion) and chapter by chapter adds doctrine and complexity until teachings from the heights of imaginative Tantra and Tibetan deity yoga are being explicated. For the uninitiated the climb is steep, and those seeking general ethical guidance would do better with an easier text (His Holiness has written those, too). For the serious, however, the Dalai Lama offers elegant clarity about the paradoxes at the heart of Buddhism including the central Heart Sutra itself, the teaching of form-is-emptiness and about the intellectual intricacy of Buddhist teachings. Tibetan Buddhism is considered the esoteric wing of Buddhism; this slice shows some layers of its complexity while whetting the spiritual appetite for more understanding, or what Buddhists would call the intention for enlightenment. (Jan.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
As with the earlier audiotapes of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's works Live in a Better Way, Ethics for the New Millennium, and The Art of Happiness the author's message soothes listeners, guiding them toward the focus and clarity that come with daily quiet time or meditation. Believing in meditation leads one toward compassion and understanding; the ultimate goal is wisdom and kinder living. Divided into steps, this audiobook, read by Jeffrey Hopkins, is accessible to all spiritual seekers whatever their faith. The Dalai Lama offers the listener practical advice on morality, compassion, and empathy. He shows the seeker how to overcome the stresses and petty emotions of daily life, including anger, insecurity, jealousy, mistrust, and negative thinking, reminding us that as human beings, we possess common longings. His words are infused with spirit, humor, and insight. Recommended for most public libraries. Pam Kingsbury, Florence, AL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792726401
Publisher:
Sound Library
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Edition description:
Unabridged

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