I must admit that that feels a little like watching a Teletubbies show. In this book he draws on a long tradition of spiritual practice in Tibet and on his own experience to offer suggestions on how to practise a spiritual path that will lead to mental clarity and personal transformation. And no, existence is not meaningless, purposeless, or useless. In this very special book, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, Nobel Prize winner, and bestselling author helps readers embark upon the path to enlightenment with a stunning illumination of the timeless wisdom and an easy-access reference for daily practice. Additionally, it is fun to occasionally see snipets into the Dalai Lama's daily life as well as information on the Tibetan understanding of the process of death. Despite living in an age of globalisation, we are still tragically divided. I have read it a number of times and gave it to my wife to introduce her to the basics of what I have been studying.
This is the true religion. It is broken down into the basic steps to enlightenment: how to practice morality, how to practice meditation, and how to practise wisdom, whilst simultaneously delving deeper into His Holiness' more general Buddhist teachings, his spirit, wisdom and sense of humour. In recognition of his tireless work for the nonviolent liberation of Tibet, the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. I do this with such strong feeling that if later in the day in my office I hear of their atrocities, although one part of my mind is a little irritated and angry, the main part is still under the influence of the morning practice; the intensity of the hatred is reduced to where it is groundless. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the ability to find true fulfillment lies within each of us.
As with anything though, you must be dedicated to yourself and health practices to see the benefits that arise from self contemplation and meditation. The last third of the book flew right over my head. In this book the Dalai Lama attempts to show us how to overcome everyday obstacles. However, these two approaches are not equally viable. While the book's practical advice is very clear and its explanation of Buddhist doctrine is accessible, I would recommend that a reader In How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life, the Dalai Lama blends Buddhist doctrine with practical meditation and lifestyle advice for practitioners. It is generally set up to provide specific daily practices visualizations, thoughts and meditations. Towards the end, the book does have som This book emphasizes the value of meditation and also addresses techniques to help the beginner progress in the art of meditation.
If your mind gives way to anger, the even when the world is peaceful and comfortable, peace of mind will elude you. With a background in World Religion, an avid meditator, and hobby philosopher, this book actually answered some profound issues I had and did so with concise clarity. Listening to master of this philosophy make everything sound so easy and simple. This indicates that the original pleasure has a nature of pain. 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.
Everything is leading up to working on bettering yourself for the cyclic nature and trying to forego all of that to eventually stop it and reach enlightenment. Though it does address meditation and prayer, at its core this is a book that demonstrates how day-to-day living can be a spiritual practice. 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. It's so refreshing to read the words and advice of a religious leader that isn't stuffy and in your face about beliefs and religion. His religion is essentially a footnote to the greater message which he is attempting to convey with this text. But this is an examined belief, not one given to us, and it must be practised.
The second half was a tougher read, and honestly lost me at certain points. Replacing your mind as it ordinarily appears, full of troubling emotions, with a mind of pure wisdom motivated by compassion;2. Attachment to superficial pleasures will only bring more pain. Most of us would agree that taking the right amount of sleep, adopting a good physical posture, taking the time and finding a quiet space for meditation would do many of us a lot of good. It includes guidance on peace of mind, generosity, compassion, and much more besides. Moreover, he sees hope as important, whereas the Stoics would see hope and fear as want and worry; things to be abandoned as beyond our control and therefore not worth pursuing.
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. We like to keep things fresh. After a failed uprising and the collapse of the Tibetan resistance movement in 1959, the Dalai Lama left for India, where he was active in establishing the Central Tibetan Administration the Tibetan Government in Exile and in seeking to preserve Tibetan culture and education among the thousands of refugees who accompanied him. Generally, the Dalai Lama suggests that a Buddha has no use for alcohol, drugs, or sexual intercourse p. The good news is, I'm not going to Hell, but rather, I may be reborn as a desert rodent. Everyone watches it for days on end.
Its obviously through the views of the Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, and reincarnation is the prime principle behind the entirety of this work. It was dry at times and hypocritical at times as well. He also presents some meditation advice and complicated explanations of emptiness. I have peeked inside the medicine chest in the bathroom and found some medications to provide energy for the day and others to induce sleep at night. 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. Many of us would consider ourselves to be on a spiritual path, although we would not necessarily call ourselves Buddhists or any other 'ist' This is no problem for the writer as he encourages us from the beginning to make use of the particular steps to improvement as we see fit.
I respect him so much The Dalai Lama is such a witty character. What I did like, was the overall message of Buddhism. However when I started to read, I found that a lot of concepts were not explained thoroughly and that some concepts seemed to run in circles, with no clear definition or direction. The basic teachings of the Buddha are present and those seeking a digestible and authoritative introduction to Buddhism and Buddhist monastic practices would find the book a useful starting point. At the moment I've been simply trying to get a better understanding of the 8-Fold Path as a way to lead the middle way in my everyday life, and this book helped me understand how to do that a lot better.
I find the Dalai Lama to be more than charismatic; there is something about him that permeates the television. Maybe if somebody knows a lot about Buddhism then they would find this easier to read but I feel as if the first half was decent, though not overly detailed and later on in the book we were given a lot of little pieces but not I really wanted to like this book, the concept was really sturdy and seemed very practical. All in all, a helpful The first half of the book was illuminating and offered some practical application that Is valuable regardless of religious background. There are many levels of misperception, as in failing to understand what to adopt in practice and what to discard in daily behavior. .