How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life

How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life

by Dalai Lama, Jeffrey Hopkins
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How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life by Dalai Lama

As human beings, we possess one common desire: the need for happiness and a meaningful life. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the ability to find true fulfillment lies within each of us. Now, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, Nobel Prize winner, and bestselling author helps readers begin the path to enlightenment in a very special book -- an easy-access reference for daily practice as well as stunning illumination of the timeless wisdom of His Holiness.
How to Practice will guide you toward opening your heart, refraining from doing harm, maintaining mental tranquility, and more. Divided into a series of distinct steps that will lead spiritual seekers of all faiths toward enlightenment, this accessible book is a constant and daily companion in the quest to practice morality, meditation, and wisdom. The Dalai Lama shows us how to overcome our 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 the Dalai Lama's own sage and very practical insight into the human psyche and what binds us all together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743442572
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 02/12/2002
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 107,361
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He frequently describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. Born in northeastern Tibet in 1935, he was as a toddler recognized as the incarnation of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama and brought to Tibet's capital, Lhasa. In 1950, Mao Zedong's Communist forces made their first incursions into eastern Tibet, shortly after which the young Dalai Lama assumed the political leadership of his country. He passed his scholastic examinations with honors at the Great Prayer Festival in Lhasa in 1959, the same year Chinese forces occupied the city, forcing His Holiness to escape to India. There he set up the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala, working to secure the welfare of the more than 100,000 Tibetan exiles and prevent the destruction of Tibetan culture. In his capacity as a spiritual and political leader, he has traveled to more than sixty-two countries on six continents and met with presidents, popes, and leading scientists to foster dialogue and create a better world. In recognition of his tireless work for the nonviolent liberation of Tibet, the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. In 2012, he relinquished political authority in his exile government and turned it over to democratically elected representatives.

His Holiness frequently states that his life is guided by three major commitments: the promotion of basic human values or secular ethics in the interest of human happiness, the fostering of interreligious harmony, and securing the welfare of the Tibetan people, focusing on the survival of their identity, culture, and religion. As a superior scholar trained in the classical texts of the Nalanda tradition of Indian Buddhism, he is able to distill the central tenets of Buddhist philosophy in clear and inspiring language, his gift for pedagogy imbued with his infectious joy. Connecting scientists with Buddhist scholars, he helps unite contemplative and modern modes of investigation, bringing ancient tools and insights to bear on the acute problems facing the contemporary world. His efforts to foster dialogue among leaders of the world's faiths envision a future where people of different beliefs can share the planet in harmony. Wisdom Publications is proud to be the premier publisher of the Dalai Lama's more serious and in-depth works.
Jeffrey Hopkins, Ph.D., served for a decade as the interpreter for the Dalai Lama. A Buddhist scholar and the author of more than thirty-five books and translations, he is emeritus professor of Tibetan and Buddhist studies at the University of Virginia, where he founded the largest academic program of Tibetan Buddhist studies in the West.

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How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
PJaxton More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't quite call "How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life" by the Dalai Lama a primer on Buddhism, because I feel that someone with no foreknowledge of Buddhist philosophy and practice might quickly get lost amidst the vast amount of information contained in this little volume. However, if you understand the basics, His Holiness presents the details of how to practice, in the Tibetan way, in a very clear and concise presentation. I found myself coming to several new and exciting revelations as I read this book, things I will be working on in my own meditations for some time to come. I did have a few issues with this book. As with most books intended to teach a way to practice (whether it be religion, philosophy, or even sports) there is a certain amount of repetition. By the third or forth time the same thing was repeated I was ready to just skip over it, which would have been a shame because intermixed with some of them were a few wonderful stories about the Dalai Lama himself and his own journey toward Buddhahood. I also found some of his examples to be distracting, especially when they were taken from traditional teachings or contained particularly difficult names. I plodded through these sections and gleaned what I could from them, but feel a less traditional approach might have translated better. If you have more than a passing interest in Buddhism or the ways of meditation, then you can't do much better than this book by the Dalai Lama himself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are familiar with the Dalai Lama, then you are not going to find much new here. But the content and ideas set fourth are truely transformational. Developing compassion is the hallmark of the Dalai Lama's teachings, indeed the hallmark of Budah's teachings as well. I enjoyed the audio book as it provided a great feel for the Budhist tradition: the four noble truths, emptiness, compassion, wisdom, and meditation. Incorporate what is useful to you and others out of the book in your own life and your own spiritual tradition, and leave the rest for contemplation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book demonstrates how ordinary daily activities themselves can become a form of spiritual practice. It explains there are two basic ways to create happiness: External and internal. By obtaining material goods, etc, we find satisfaction externally. Through internal development, we develop even greater happiness. This book emphasizes that developing peace of mind helps us manifest both types of happiness. I also highly recommend a little book of Buddhist wisdom titled 'Open Your Mind, Open Your Life' which is a great companion book to the works of the Dalai Lama.
ak_laura More than 1 year ago
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!
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
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.  
pedigreedmutt More than 1 year ago
what can you say about this extraordinary teacher and his loving way to communicate? wonderful. full of wisdom. peace.
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