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.
Like the two wings of a bird, love and insight work cooperatively to bring about enlightenment, says a fundamental Buddhist teaching. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, we each possess the ability to achieve happiness and a meaningful life, but the key to realizing that goal is self-knowledge. In How to See Yourself As You Really Are, the world's foremost Buddhist leader and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize shows readers how to recognize and dispel misguided notions of self and embrace the world from a more realistic -- and loving -- perspective. Step-by-step exercises help readers shatter their false assumptions and ideas and see the world as it actually exists. By directing our attention to the false veneer that so bedazzles our senses and our thoughts, His Holiness sets the stage for discovering the reality behind appearances. But getting past one's misconceptions is only a prelude to right action, and the book's final section describes how to harness the power of meditative concentration to the service of love, and vice versa, so that true altruistic enlightenment is attained. Enlivened by personal anecdotes and intimate accounts of the Dalai Lama's own life experiences, How to See Yourself As You Really Are is an inspirational and empowering guide to achieving self-awareness that can be read and enjoyed by spiritual seekers of all faiths.
The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace underscores the importance of "practice" - of awareness through meditation, compassion, patience, and effort - in lending rich and joyous meaning to this lifetime, and so to our passage to the next.
These edited versions of the Tibetan Buddhist leader's lectures in the US in 1979 and 1981 and Canada in 1980 are reissued to commemorate their first publication 25 years ago. In them, the Dalai Lama presents basic Buddhist doctrines in a development sequence. Notes and 24 pages of photos are included, but no index. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Born out of a decade of discussion between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and international management consultant Laurens van den Muyzenberg, The Leader's Way is the unique meeting of two worlds: the global business landscape and Buddhism. At first sight, these seem to be an unlikely pairing. After a closer look, however, the best business practices and Buddhist principles in fact have much in common; both are concerned with making rational, holistic decisions and turning them into responsible, effective action. Indeed, the teachings of Buddhism have much to offer business leaders. The world today faces many unique challenges: the worst global recession in over seventy-five years, with millions out of jobs and entire economies in a tailspin; billions of people living in abject poverty; the imminent threat of an environmental meltdown. Even prosperous businesses and leaders feel insecure about the future. A new kind of leadership is needed-one that sees events as they really are and understands the interconnectedness, impermanence, and interdependence of individuals, companies, and the global economic system.Through fascinating insights and day-to-day examples, His Holiness the Dalai Lama offers practical tools and advice on how to lead in our twenty-first-century world. Drawing on the wise teachings of Buddhism, he says, we can become better, more informed leaders as individuals, achieve more progressive leadership in our organizations, and help address some of the world's most pressing problems. Moreover, we can improve the quality of life for all by promoting responsible, ethical, and profitable business practices. That is the leader's way.A rewarding, surprising view into the life and thoughts of one of the world's most inspiring leaders, The Leader's Way provides a powerful manifesto for leading change at every level-in our lives, our organizations, and the wider world.
The Dalai Lama offers Westerners an accessible introduction to the path of Tibetan Buddhism. He begins with a discussion of the Four Noble Truths, which contain basic teachings on dealing with suffering and cultivating happiness and peace. Next, he provides commentary on two important short texts: Eight Verses on Training the Mind and Atisha's Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment. A glossary of terms completes the volume.
A new book by the best-selling author of "The Art of Happiness", "Ethics for the New Millennium", and "The Path to Tranquility". 'Pay attention not only to the cultivation of knowledge but to the cultivation of qualities of the heart, so that at the end of education, not only will you be knowledgeable, but also you will be a warmhearted and compassionate person'. As accessible as it is inspirational, this selection gathers together a decade's worth of public lectures given in India to audiences from all walks of life. Following each talk are the original question-and-answer sessions, in which His Holiness opens himself up to his listeners and -- now -- to readers everywhere. His characteristically candid guidance on living fully and responsibly as we cross into a new millennium focuses on specific themes that range from religious tolerance to compassion and nonviolence. With a practical and highly readable introduction to Buddhism and the Dalai Lama's own spiritual heritage, written by Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, this is the perfect book for seekers at any stage along the path of life.
Con la humildad que distingue a todo hombre que conoce las enseñanzas del pasado, Su Santidad el Dalai Lama nos ofrece en estas páginas un comentario brillante de uno de los libros de meditación más venerados en Tíbet: se trata de Las etapas de la meditación, un manual escrito por el maestro Kamalashila durante su estancia en el país de las nieves a principios del siglo IX.Tras insistir en la práctica de la compasión hacia todos los seres creados, el maestro nos llevará por el camino que cultiva la calma mental, don indispensable para aprender a orientarse en las tormentas de la vida, hasta llegar al despertar definitivo de la conciencia y al contacto íntimo con el ser.Artífices pero también esclavos de una época que nos reclama cada vez más rapidez y eficacia, todos volveremos a encontrar en La meditación paso a paso ese sosiego tan deseado que nos reconcilia con la parte más honda de nuestro espíritu.
Selections from Penguin's authoritative first complete translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead One of the most inspiration and compelling works in world literature; The Tibetan Book of the Dead presents a visionary exploration of both the after-death state and the inner workings of our perceptual states during life. Meditations on Living, Dying, and Loss offers selected extracts from this influential text, focusing on perspectives and insights that are the most relevant to our modern experience of life, death, and loss. Each chapter is prefaced by the editor of the acclaimed unabridged translation, Graham Coleman. Here, in his accessible and moving essays, he illuminates the text's secrets, revealing the immense creativity that deepening out insight into the relationship between living and dying can bring.
"Everyone dies, but no one is dead," goes the Tibetan saying. It is with these words that Advice on Dying takes flight. Using a seventeenth-century poem written by a prominent scholar-practitioner, His Holiness the Dalai Lama draws from a wide range of traditions and beliefs to explore the stages we all go through when we die, which are the very same stages we experience in life when we go to sleep, faint, or reach orgasm (Shakespeare's "little death"). The stages are described so vividly that we can imagine the process of traveling deeper into the mind, on the ultimate journey of transformation. In this way, His Holiness shows us how to prepare for that time and, in doing so, how to enrich our time on earth, die without fear or upset, and influence the stage between this life and the next so that we may gain the best possible incarnation. As always, the ultimate goal is to advance along the path to enlightenment. Advice on Dying is an essential tool for attaining that eternal bliss.
Exploration of mind/body concepts based on a Harvard Medical School symposium.
Written by the Dalai Lama as a young man in exile, this dignified testament re-creates the miraculous search that identified him as the reincarnated leader of his country. It paints a rare, intimate portrait of Tibetan Buddhism, a way of life that would end with a terrifying foreign invasion surpassing sanity and reason. And it reveals the evolution of a man from gentle monk to a world leader, one struggling to this day to free his country one able to touch our hearts with the goodness that makes him one of the most beloved men of our time.
The world knows the public face of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. We have read about his near escape from Tibet after the Chinese invasion, his nobel Peace Prize, and his friendships with world leaders, Hollywood actors, and scientists around the world. But what are his inner, personal thoughts on his own spiritual life? For the first time and in his own words, the Dalai Lama charts his spiritual journey from his boyhood days in rural Tibet to his years as a monk in the capital city of Dharamsala, to his life in exile as a world leader and symbol of peace. My Spiritual Journey provides a vivid and moving portrait of the Dalai Lama's life journey that is personal in tone but universal in scope. He explores three phases or commitments of his spiritual life-as a human being, as a Buddhist monk, and as the Dalai Lama-each of which has made him more dedicated to exploring and teaching human values and inner happiness, promoting harmony among all religions, and advocating for the civil rights and well-being of the Tibetan people. At the age of two, little Tenzin Gyatso was identified as the fourteenth reincarnation of the first Dalai Lama. From then on, his life has been on a trajectory few can imagine. Some see him as a living Buddha and moral authority, others identify him as a "god-king," while still others see him in political terms as either a hero or a counterrevolutionary. In My Spiritual Journey, we see the personal struggles, the courage, the laughter, and the compassion that have defined the remarkable life of one of our world's greatest living legends.
Compassion -- sympathy for the suffering of others and the desire to free them from it -- is wrestled with in all spiritual traditions. Yet how does one actually become a compassionate person? What are the mechanisms by which a selfish heart is transformed into a generous heart? When His Holiness the Dalai Lama came to New York in 1999, he spoke simply and powerfully on the everyday Buddhist practice of compassion. Weaving together the contents of several sacred texts, he showed that the path to compassion is a series of meditations. An Open Heart lays out this course of meditation, from the simplest to the most challenging, describing the mental training techniques that will enable anyone of any faith to change their minds and open their hearts. In these meditations the deepest and most profound insights of Buddhist practice become part of one's way of knowing and experiencing the world. An Open Heart is a clear and simple introduction to the Buddhist path to enlightenment, by its greatest teacher, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
An introduction to Buddhism, written by the Dalai Lama himself, provides a complete look at the Buddhist philosophies and ideals, as well as the vital necessity of treating others with kindness and compassion.
One of the most accessible introductions to Tibetan Buddhism ever published.
A year of excerpts from the writings, teaching, and interviews of the world head of Tibetan Buddhism. Urging compassion and peace, he touches on happiness, loneliness, enlightenment, suffering, anger, and other perennial features of earthly existence. The calendar is not year specific, so can be used over and over except by readers with overdeveloped memories. An index provides access to specific topics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Complete Story of the Dalai Lamas His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is known to the world for his efforts to preserve Tibetan culture and for his inspiring spiritual teachings. Often unnoticed, however, is the long, colorful history from which this most beloved of holy men has emerged. In Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama, Alexander Norman tells this story in full for the first time, from Tibetan Buddhism's foundational narratives to the present-day crisis faced by Tibet. And what a story it is. Along with dedicated monks selflessly serving the Tibetan people, among His Holiness's spiritual forebears there are a Dalai Lama who waged wars, a womanizing and inebriated poet, and several who wound up dead following disputes over temporal power. Also, while Western practitioners focus on Tibetan Buddhism's liberating vision of enlightenment, it simultaneously contains ritual practices of prophecy and magic, as well as a vivid pantheon of deities and demons. In the end, although Tibet falls short of the Western myths of a Himalayan utopia, by illuminating the historical struggle toward compassion and selflessness embodied in the Dalai Lama lineage, Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama ultimately reveals a reality that is vastly more compelling than any romance of "Shangri-La" and provides deeper reasons for admiring Tibetan tradition.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Su Santidad el Dalai Lama, el líder budista más respetado en todo el mundo y premio Nobel de la Paz, ofrece en este libro las claves del camino que tenemos que seguir para alcanzar la verdadera felicidad y la plenitud en nuestras vidas a través del amor. En un proceso escalonado en siete pasos, el Dalai Lama nos enseña a ampliar nuestro concepto del amor hasta convertirlo en la quintaesencia de nuestra alegría y satisfacción personal: solo si nos despojamos de nuestros prejuicios y aprendemos a volcarnos en los demás desde la compasión, dejando atrás los convencionalismos, alcanzaremos la auténtica sabiduría. En Los siete pasos hacia el amor el Dalai Lama lanza un mensaje inspirador que nos empuja a abrir nuestros corazones a una nueva eilimitada experiencia del amor que transformará para siempre nuestras vidas.
In the Wisdom of Tibet series, volumes are specially chosen by His Holiness as revealing a true oral tradition.
No country, no culture, no person today is untouched by what happens in the rest of the world. Technological innovation, environmental degradation, economic gain & loss, nuclear weapons, instant communication have all created unprecedented familiarity among the world's many cultures. With this historic development, the Dalai Lama understands that the essential task of humanity in the 21st Century is to cultivate peaceful coexistence. Many believe in the inevitability of an escalating "clash of civilizations". Peaceful coexistence has long been problematic with religion, and while previous conflicts over religious differences may have been significant and regrettable, they did not threaten the very survival of humanity. Now, when extremists can persuade followers with the immense emotional power of faith and have access to powerful technological resources, a single spark could ignite a powder keg of frightening proportions. Yet the Dalai Lama shows how the challenges of globalization can also move us in another direction, to a deeper plane where nations, cultures, and individuals connect through their shared human nature. All major religions confront the same perennial questions; each have distinct forms of expression. But this marvelous diversity of insight has the potential for inspiring dialogue which can enrich everyone's pursuit of wisdom. All faith traditions turn to compassion as a guiding principle for living a good life. It is the task of all people with an aspiration to spiritual perfection to affirm the fundamental value of the compassion. In this way we can truly develop a deep recognition of the value of other faiths, and on that basis, we can cultivate genuine respect. In Toward a True Kinship of Faiths, the Dalai Lama also explores where differences between religions can be genuinely appreciated without serving as a source of conflict. The establishment of genuine harmony is not dependent upon accepting that all religions are fundamentally the same or that they lead to the same place. Many fear that recognizing the value of another faith is incompatible with having devotion to the truth of one's own. Nevertheless, the Dalai Lama profoundly shows how a sincere believer can, with integrity, be a pluralist in relation to other religions without compromising commitment to the essence of the doctrinal teachings of their own faith. An issue of central importance for the Dalai Lama personally and for the entire world in general, Toward a True Kinship of Faiths offers a hopeful yet realistic look at how humanity must step into the future.From the Hardcover edition.
In his commentary on the Verses, His Holiness shows us how to cultivate wisdom and compassion in our daily lives. In particular, he teaches us how to think more positively and explains techniques to transform adverse situations into opportunities for spiritual growth. He shows us, by training and transforming our own mind, how we can effect changes in our own life and the lives of those around us.
Gallileo, Copernicus, Newton, Niels Bohr, Einstein. Their insights shook our perception of who we are and where we stand in the world and in their wake have left an uneasy co-existence: science vs. religion, faith vs. empirical enquiry. Which is the keeper of truth? Which is the true path to understanding reality?After forty years of study with some of the greatest scientific minds as well as a lifetime of meditative, spiritual and philosophical study, the Dalai Lama presents a brilliant analysis of why both disciplines must be pursued in order to arrive at a complete picture of the truth. Science shows us ways of interpreting the physical world, while spirituality helps us cope with reality. But the extreme of either is impoverishing. The belief that all is reducible to matter and energy leaves out a huge range of human experience: emotions, yearnings, compassion, culture. At the same time, holding unexamined spiritual beliefs-beliefs that are contradicted by evidence, logic, and experience-can lock us into fundamentalist cages. Through an examination of Darwinism and karma, quantum mechanics and philosophical insight into the nature of reality, neurobiology and the study of consciousness, the Dalai Lama draws significant parallels between contemplative and scientific examination of reality. "I believe that spirituality and science are complementary but different investigative approaches with the same goal of seeking the truth," His Holiness writes. "In this, there is much each may learn from the other, and together they may contribute to expanding the horizon of human knowledge and wisdom."This breathtakingly personal examination is a tribute to the Dalai Lama's teachers-both of science and spirituality. The legacy of this book is a vision of the world in which our different approaches to understanding ourselves, our universe and one another can be brought together in the service of humanity.From the Hardcover edition.
This is an unusual documentation of the growing friendship between the Dalai Lama and the man who followed him across Ireland and Eastern Europe, on a pilgrimage to India's holy sites, and through the Dalai Lama's near fatal illness.
Re-released in time when the relations between China and Tibet and the recent atrocities once again receive close scrutiny in the world media, Worlds in Harmony explores the nature of suffering and its release through compassionate action. Its main focus is on the insight that a deep awareness of our shared desire to avoid pain leads to awareness of our responsibility to relieve others of suffering. One of the Dalai Lama's most striking qualities is his genuine interest in western scientific and social thought. He firmly believes that if Buddhism is to have relevance in today's world, it must be flexible and dynamic, able to take in new idea and transform itself to new situations. By addressing wide-ranging issues like the environmental destruction, political oppression and torture, the nature of anger, and the application of Buddhist principles in the West, Worlds in Harmony integrates timeless Buddhist insights with modern Western psychological theory. It offers the reader deep insights into the relation between awareness and right action, bridging personal consciousness and global concerns. By stating that insight is of no use unless it results in action the Dalai Lama teaches ways of being, thinking, and acting in the world that are based on equanimity and deep understanding. It makes Worlds in Harmony a pertinent source book on the practice of healing and compassionate action in daily life. Includes a foreword by Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence.
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