The Wisdom of Forgiveness

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The Wisdom of Forgiveness is a heart-to-heart conversation between the Dalai Lama and his dear friend. It allows us to discover what profound meditative insight and suffering feel like to an enlightened being; what he does daily to develop himself spiritually; how he feels about violence, and the circumstances under which he could see committing an act of violence; how he has learned to love his enemies; and why it is that doctors report that the heart of this holy man in his late sixties resembles that of a ...
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The Wisdom of Forgiveness is a heart-to-heart conversation between the Dalai Lama and his dear friend. It allows us to discover what profound meditative insight and suffering feel like to an enlightened being; what he does daily to develop himself spiritually; how he feels about violence, and the circumstances under which he could see committing an act of violence; how he has learned to love his enemies; and why it is that doctors report that the heart of this holy man in his late sixties resembles that of a twenty-year old.
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This book is the harvest of dozens of conversations between Tibetan Buddhist leader The Dalai Lama and his friend of three decades Victor Chan. The brief chapters of The Wisdom of Forgiveness serve as lessons, the genial banter of the conversation disguising its spiritual substance. An evening read; lessons for a lifetime.
Publishers Weekly
"Do you hate the Chinese?" Chan asked the Dalai Lama when they first met in India in 1972. It was a live question, since Chan hailed from the country that had forced the Tibetan spiritual leader into exile and subjugated the Tibetan people. The Dalai Lama replied immediately with the English word "no," then stated through an interpreter that he had forgiven the Chinese and did not blame China's people. Drawing on Buddhist principles, this book loosely discusses His Holiness's ideas on forgiveness, though Chan presents them gently through stories, not didactically as a step-by-step how-to manual. For example, one chapter arises in the context of the Dalai Lama's travels in war-torn Belfast, where he spoke about forgiveness to the families of victims of terrorist attacks. To research this book, Chan traveled with the Dalai Lama off and on for several years, spent time with him at home and conducted numerous interviews. Apart from the expected teachings on forgiveness, what comes through most clearly is the personality of the Dalai Lama himself: his humor, playfulness and joy. We learn that he had something of a temper as a young man and that he can't resist pulling men's beards. Somehow, the book's serious call to forgiveness becomes all the more engaging and possible because of the Dalai Lama's own lighthearted spirit. One Spirit Book Club alternate. (Aug. 12) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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In our day, no spiritual authority from the East has had more to say, or has received more popular acclaim, than the exiled Dalai Lama of Tibet. Despite appearances, this book is less his work than that of his Chinese-born friend Chan, who for more than 30 years has been assembling his recollections and memories of the Tibetan leader. For Chan, the Dalai Lama's gift lies in his understanding of forgiveness: "[Forgiveness] can change one's life." Chan has a good ear for dialog and a sense of scene, and his unobtrusive writing sets the stage for the Dalai Lama's words of peace and compassion. For most collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143057017
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/19/2004
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 5 CDs, 6 hours
  • Pages: 5
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.75 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. His tireless efforts on behalf of human rights and world peace have brought him international recognition. He is the recipient of the Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Human Rights Award, the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2006, His Holiness was recognized with Honorary Citizenship by the Governor General of Canada.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : telepathy in the Prague castle 1
1 Fu Manchu's goatee 15
2 Two monks on the parapet 29
3 The man from Derry 43
4 A fire in the navel 59
5 A most altruistic person 75
6 No rubber duckies 85
7 Diamonds on the net 101
8 A rifle in the bedroom 113
9 A sea of golden turtles 129
10 A Korean scholar in Bodhgaya 141
11 Some positive, invisible vibrations 153
12 Like molding clay 161
13 The making of a space Yogi 173
14 White kites fluttering 187
15 A couple of unsigned photographs 203
16 All the selfish Buddhas 213
17 The coldness of blueberries 225
18 Meditating to the beeb 237
19 Sophisticated mind, calm mind 251
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Reading it was peaceful and informative

    Reading it brought me to an understanding that i can practice Budhist concepts and principles without changing my religious beliefs! The Dalai Lama's teachings are simple and according to him, very effective at invoking happiness by serving others.

    My only "complaint" is I wished it was longer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2006

    Both spiritual & a good tool for mental health

    I've loaned this book to an atheist & a Christian. I myself am a Universalist. It's just a good book for anybody who gets angry or who wants to be more loving & sympathetic -- so, really, a good book for humans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2004

    Important book for all serious buddhist practicioners

    The best teachings on emptiness I have ever read. This book was a breakthrough for my personal understanding of emptiness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2004

    Please, read this book!

    This is a very personal and kind insight into the life of an amazing human being. Should be a mandatory reading for all, might save lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2004

    a must read

    his message is for all ages , all religions and for all of us , we need to forgive and love one another, show compassion and find forgiveness

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