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In these lively exchanges the Dalai Lama exhibits clear and penetrating insight into issues that are most important to Western students.
One of the world's greatest spiritual leaders teams up with a psychiatrist to share, for the first time, how he achieved his hard-won serenity and how readers can attain the same inner peace.
Beyond Dogma presents a record of a 1993 visit to France by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, recipient of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize and the world's most prominent Buddhist leader. During a series of public lectures and question-and-answer sessions with political activists, religious leaders, students, scientists, Buddhist practitioners, and interfaith organizations, His Holiness responds to a wider range of contemporary social, political, and religious issues. Topics include the practice of Buddhism in the West; nonviolence, human rights, and the Tibetan crisis; ecumenical approaches to spirituality; the meeting of Buddhism and science; and more.
Three Years ago, before thousands of people at the Institute Karma Ling in Savoie, France, the Dalai Lama held a series of presentations expounding on the Four Noble Truths of the Buddha. All Buddhist traditions are rooted in this first enunciation of the teaching (dharma) of the Buddha, which speaks about the reality of suffering, its origin, the opportunity for every person to be healed of suffering, and the practical aspects of this therapy of soul, body, and mind. With wisdom and insight, the Dalai Lama revisits these fundamental truths of Buddhism, and shows us their universal value. His commentary, at once traditional and daring, rational and mystical, ever centered on experience, gives us reason to understand why this exceptional being is called the "Ocean of Wisdom."
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 Practicewill 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 Practiceoffers the Dalai Lama's own sage and very practical insight into the human psyche and what binds us all together.
Fans of Bartholomew will enjoy his latest travels detailed in this book.
Tibetans have experienced waves of genocide since the 1950s. Now they are facing ecocide. The Himalayan snowcaps are in meltdown mode, due to climate change--accelerated by a rain of black soot from massive burning of coal and other fuels in both China and India. The mighty rivers of Tibet are being dammed by Chinese engineering consortiums to feed the mainland's thirst for power, and the land is being relentlessly mined in search of minerals to feed China's industrial complex. On the drawing board are plans for a massive engineering project to divert water from Eastern Tibet to water-starved Northern China. Ruthless Chinese repression leaves Tibetans powerless to stop the reckless destruction of their sacred land, but they are not the only victims of this campaign: the nations downstream from Tibet rely heavily on rivers sourced in Tibet for water supply, and for rich silt used in agriculture. This destruction of the region's environment has been happening with little scrutiny until now. In Meltdown in Tibet, Michael Buckley turns the spotlight on the darkest side of China's emergence as a global super power.
For many people throughout the world, no other figure more embodies the heart of Buddhist compassion than His Holiness the Dalai Lama. As the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism has become better known over the past several years, the Dalai Lama has become more and more of an important spiritual leader for many in the West. But while His Holiness has spoken extensively about the practice of Tibetan Buddhism, he has never before directly addressed the general questions that confront the world in the way he does in this special series of dialogues. French film writer Jean-Claude Carrière's conversations with the Dalai Lama cover the various issues and problems that challenge world civilization today--including women's rights, education, terrorism, the population explosion, environmental dangers, and an increase in both random and organized violence. The Dalai Lama exhibits his characteristic warmth and clarity of thought throughout each of these discussions, but what is most valuable is his ability to cut through to the essence of each issue and offer insightful guidance. From these precious talks come profound wisdom and pragmatic challenges for humanity's move into the next millennium.
Classic writings from the great Zen master in exquisite versions by Thomas Merton, in a new edition with a preface by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Working from existing translations, Thomas Merton composed a series of his own versions of the classic sayings of Chuang Tzu, the most spiritual of Chinese philosophers. Chuang Tzu, who wrote in the fourth and third centuries B.C., is the chief authentic historical spokesperson for Taoism and its founder Lao Tzu (a legendary character known largely through Chuang Tzu's writings). Indeed it was because of Chuang Tzu and the other Taoist sages that Indian Buddhism was transformed, in China, into the unique vehicle we now call by its Japanese name--Zen. The Chinese sage abounds in wit and paradox and shattering insights into the true ground of being. Thomas Merton, no stranger to Asian thought, brings a vivid, modern idiom to the timeless wisdom of Tao.
Introduces the basic beliefs of Buddhism, discusses the practices of loving and kindness, and looks at Vajrayana Buddhism and the path of tantra.