Meaning of Life: Buddhist Perspectives on Cause and Effect

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The Dalai Lama presents the basic worldview of Buddhism while offering answers to some of life’s most profound and challenging questions: Why are we in this situation? Where are we going? Do our lives have any meaning? How should we live our lives?

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 ...

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The Dalai Lama presents the basic worldview of Buddhism while offering answers to some of life’s most profound and challenging questions: Why are we in this situation? Where are we going? Do our lives have any meaning? How should we live our lives?

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.

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Ably translated into English by Jeffrey Hopkins, The Meaning Of Life: Buddhist Perspectives On Cause And Effect was written by His Holiness, The Dali Lama for people seeking to develop a deeper understanding of Buddhist perspectives on existential questions of meaning, purpose, and responsibility. Basing his commentary on the Buddha's teachings of dependent arising, The Dali Lama reveals how every aspect of our suffering (unhappiness, pain, old age, death) is ultimately rooted in our misunderstanding of our own true nature. The Dali Lama infuses his text with the intelligence, wit, kindness and compassion he is so well known for within the Buddhist community world wide.
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“Studded with jewels...The Meaning of Life brings together the theory of Buddhist teachings and the practice of ordinary life. The Dalai Lama's exposition-thorough, gentle and precise-reflects the depth and breadth of his training, communicating the living quality of the tradition.”—Shambhala Sun

“Conveys his personal warmth and compassion.”—CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

“Here, the Dalai Lama has very skillfully examined the existential questions of meaning, purpose, and responsibility, showing how every aspect of our suffering can be ultimately uprooted through a profound understanding of our true nature.”— Jeffrey Hopkins in Eastern Horizon

Shambhala Sun
"Studded with jewels...The Meaning of Life brings together the theory of Buddhist teachings and the practice of ordinary life. The Dalai Lama's exposition-thorough, gentle and precise-reflects the depth and breadth of his training, communicating the living quality of the tradition."
CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries
"Conveys his personal warmth and compassion."
Jeffrey Hopkins in Eastern Horizon
"Here, the Dalai Lama has very skillfully examined the existential questions of meaning, purpose, and responsibility, showing how every aspect of our suffering can be ultimately uprooted through a profound understanding of our true nature."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781427205643
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: First Edition, Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. He lives in exile in Dharamsala, India.

Jeffrey Hopkins teaches Tibetan studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he founded programs in Buddhist studies and Tibetan studies. He is the author of Meditation on Emptiness. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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