The Dalai Lama: His Essential Wisdom

The Dalai Lama: His Essential Wisdom

by Carol Kelly-Gangi

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One of the world’s foremost spiritual leaders, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has traveled the globe to spread his undying message of compassion, love, peace, and kindness for close to a half-century.   

The Dalai Lama: His Essential Wisdom is a collection of hundreds of inspiring quotations from His Holiness. The selections are drawn largely from his writings, teachings, interviews, speeches, and other statements made during the course of his more than forty-eight years as the exiled spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.

In these excerpts, the Dalai Lama reflects with wisdom that is both profound and down to earth upon the need for compassion and kindness, the search for happiness, the way to peace, the meaning of pain and suffering, the role of religion, the power of meditation, and the challenges of life in the modern world. In other selections, His Holiness recalls his singular childhood and the turmoil surrounding the Communist takeover of Tibet.

Brimming with warmth, humor, and practical advice, the selections gathered here powerfully illuminate why His Holiness the Dalai Lama is beloved the world over for his timeless wisdom for all humanity.               

“I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It is the ultimate source of success in life.”

 “Anger and hatred areour real enemies. They are the forces we most need to confront and defeat, not the temporary ‘enemies’ who appear intermittently throughout our life. And unless we train our minds to reduce their negative force, they will continue to disturb us and disrupt our attempts to develop a calm mind.”

“Everybody loves to talk about calm and peace whether in a family, national, or international context, but without inner peace how can we make real peace? World peace through hatred and force is impossible.”

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435133037
Publisher: Fall River Press
Publication date: 05/17/2011
Series: Essential Wisdom
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 346 KB

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Dalai Lama: His Essential Wisdom 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Mom_Teacher More than 1 year ago
What an amazing little book! I found myself relaxed and at peace with each turn of the page. I wanted to know more. You do not have to be a Buddhist to fully appreciate the Dali Lama's incredible words of peace, love, compassion, understanding, and being one with the world. His wisdom is profound, and his spirit true. He was meant to be the man he is by powers much higher than anything earth bound. What an uplifting and inspirational little book. Good things really do come in small packages! I intend on keeping the book in my permanent home library, and encourage family and friends to get a copy of their own. His words will move you and make you really think outside the box. Buy this book! You will not be disappointed.
JD-Dad More than 1 year ago
What a delightful read! Seriously so. Here are just some of the adjectives I think are apropos: Humorous, enjoyable, educational, insightful, motivational, and definitely, inspiring. Don't have it? Get it. I did. Have it? Reread it. I will. End of review.
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What a nice gentle little book. Great to pick up anytime and read to get inspiration, and maybe even a little peace in my life. I really enjoy it.
3girlsCA More than 1 year ago
I found parts of it not as useful as other parts. Not quite what I was looking for but it did make me think is some areas.