An Introduction to the Teachings and Philosophy of the Dalai Lama in His Own Words

An Introduction to the Teachings and Philosophy of the Dalai Lama in His Own Words

by Dalai Lama XIV

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is celebrated as Buddhism's preeminent spiritual master and teacher, embodying the highest aspirations of this rich tradition that is more than 2,500 years old.

Buddhism, which never seeks to proselytize, has been made accessible by the Dalai Lama to both non-Buddhists and Buddhists alike so that we may all learn from one of the most valuable strands of our shared heritage.

As he explains the elements of the Buddha's teachings and the basic practices of meditation, he also engages and reconciles the innovations of modern science with Buddhist perspectives.

Serving as the perfect introduction to the Dalai Lama's philosophy, both Buddhist and secular, "An Introduction to the Dalai Lama" is just the book for gleaning insights into the mind of one of the world's greatest spiritual icons.

  • Category: Religion
  • Rating: 3.97
  • Pages: 200
  • Publish Date: September 1st 2008 by Hay House
  • Isbn10: 140192008X
  • Isbn13: 9781401920081

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The Dalai Lama explains again and again that, achieving the perfection of ethics means that you attain a state of mind that refrains from harming sentient beings in any way at all. That is, living things that understand or experience the physiological state of existence or some sort of capacity for thinking and feeling. He says, In order to develop the awakened mind, we must meditate; it cannot be cultivated merely by wishful thinking and prayers. Between the three: has anyone actually proven that meditation is more effective or powerful than prayer or wishful thinking? He explains that the way to cultivate balance of mind and peacefulness is to think about your relationships with your enemies in terms of your past life relationship to them. This line of thinking relies on the belief of past lives and reincarnation, which is purely pseudoscience. To the Dalai Lama its simple-- the purpose of life is happiness and the need for love forms the very foundation of human existence.

His Holiness The Dalai Lama is nothing is not prolific. Regarding other faiths, the Dalai Lama states that all religions are means to help us become better. Rather than the divisive stance taken by some regarding differences in religions, the Dalai Lama describes the purpose of religion: to cultivate positive human qualities such as tolerance, generosity, love. This world needs more compassionate, inclusive, and welcoming voices like the Dalai Lama's.

Besides it's beautiful message and path to controlling one's mind, Buddhism is the religion of lists and sub-lists! This is why disturbing emotions have been our enemy from beginningless time, harming and destroying us. In the case of disturbing emotions, the more you rely on them, the more they will harm you and bring suffering to you.

Practitioners of different faiths should realize that each religious tradition has immense intrinsic value and the means for providing mental and spiritual health. Thus, there is no reason to engage in divisive religious bigotry and intolerance, and every reason to cherish and respect all forms of spiritual practice." Now, is it me, or do I feel more peaceful while reading the book?

Mordern neuro science has developed a good understanding of brain mechanism associated with attention and emotion. Buddhism offers practial techniques for refining attention, regulating and transforming emotion.

Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso (born Lhamo Döndrub), the 14th Dalai Lama, is a practicing member of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism and is influential as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the world's most famous Buddhist monk, and the leader of the exiled Tibetan government in India. 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.