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How to See Yourself As You Really Are [Kindle Edition]

The Dalai Lama His Holiness , Jeffrey Hopkins Ph.D. , Jeffrey Hopkins , Jeffrey Ph.D. Hopkins
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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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.

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"A symbol of serenity, a spiritual leader second only to the Pope" Independent

About the Author

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born in 1935 to a peasant family in northeastern Tibet and was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. The world's foremost Buddhist leader, he travels extensively, speaking eloquently in favor of ecumenical understanding, kindness and compassion, respect for the environment, and, above all, world peace.

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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  • File Size: 239 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743290461
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (December 5, 2006)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000N2HBOI
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220 of 230 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddhist practice in a nutsehll January 9, 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a very comprehensive guide to Buddhist meditation practices. Delivered as always in the Dalai Lama's distinctive style - full of humor, joy, and gentle compassion.

The one proviso regarding this book - unlike many of the Dalai Lama's other books, this book is actually intended as a guide to practitioners of Buddhist meditation, and not as an informative source for interested non-practitions (like "The Art of Happiness).
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201 of 212 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The path to enlightenment April 7, 2007
Format:Hardcover
I believe the Dalai Lama is the closest thing we have to a Buddha on earth. His writing is full of grace and enlightenment. In this book he takes on the difficult task of explaining the true condition of a human being-impermanent conditional consciousness. This topic is very difficult to explain by putting it into words. The Dalai Lama does a great job and then follows up with many exercises. Here is how I would summarize this books teachings:

We are not our body, nor even our mind. if we were we could not say my mind or my body. Then what are we? We are "like" and illusion existing through our 5 aggregates, body, thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and consciousness. No "I" can be located. The closest we can come is understanding that we are consciousness observing the present moment, all else is thought and mental formation. Who we think we really are is just a mental formation we hold in our mind of our beliefs about ourselves our religion, height, weight, name, etc. Enlightenment is simply understanding this and the nature of reality.

I hope I did some justice to this books topic, but I highly recommend reading this book to move farther down the road to enlightenment.
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115 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Number One Pick March 2, 2007
Format:Hardcover
I have over 100 books on buddhism and meditation and if I had to pick my favorite this is it. To me it contains everything an aspiring buddha needs to know and practice.Especially good if you don't have access to a teacher or a spiritual center.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! February 28, 2007
By Malomi
Format:Hardcover
Only someone with such a profound insight and deep understanding over a subject as complex as emptiness is, can expound it as clear, easy going, way as His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama... This is a wonderful book guiding the reader step by step into a precise methodology to discriminate between the way things appear to our senses and the way they actually exist... Inspiring, clarifying, amazing!!!

A book that can be enojoyed at so many levels!!!
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Holiness' Guide To The Heart of Buddhism February 5, 2007
Format:Hardcover
I agree with the earlier reviewer who said this book is intended for practicing Buddhists, but anyone interested in Advaita Vedanta, or any other practice which serves to wake one up to the true nature of reality would benefit from reading it. In Buddhism, it is suggested that all our problems spring from the misapprehension that we and everything around us are separate 'things.' This book deals directly with this issue and provides a very solid foundation for practice, which so many other books on this subject lack. If you liked Ken Wilber's "No Boundary," I think you may love this book, as it approaches the same subject from a different perspective and includes methods of practice as well.
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See February 14, 2007
Format:Hardcover
This is a book to own and reread if you want to grasp its depth. I would also suggest having some practice or enough introspection to continue the delving into understanding that the HH Dalai Lama is well practiced in and so shares his personal findings within these pages. There are years of wisdom emanating from these words which convinces us that compassion and calm abiding are approachable, it is the way we must be and we must practice and teach others to do so.

But first we must understand ourselves and our tendency toward ignorance most especially our confusion with inherency. That is all is dependant on all, nothing exists in and of itself and as such all is intricately related with cause and effect. Dare I try to explain! The HH Dalai Lama walks us through and provides meditative exercises so we can learn to understand the emptiness of inherency and free ourselves through practicing morality, meditation and wisdom. I am still discovering these blessed implications that manifest themselves each day and further affirm that all is in view. Read to continue your own discovery and to see for yourself.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowing... May 10, 2008
Format:Paperback
Like a few other reviewers, I am in the beginning stages of my practice of Buddhism, and I have struggled with some of the concepts I have read about from other authors, lamas, and practitioners. However, when I read this book by the Dalai Lama, the veil was lifted from my eyes and I literally felt the sudden rush of understanding. Never have I meditated on a topic so deep and full of mystery and felt that it had been explained so thoroughly and with such clarity.

The pages just fly by as you get lost in your own thoughts - your world will be literally turned upside down as you proceed through the chapters. This book will have you thinking long after completion and will allow you to experience your life through completely different (and more compassionate and understanding) eyes.

Highly recommended for experienced practitioners, as well as beginners like me who wish to grasp an extremely deep and insightful concept that will not be explained with better clarity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
If you are questioning things in your life, you may want to give this book a try. Inspiring and full of information, anyone that reads this book may find answers in discovering... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bonnie
5.0 out of 5 stars spiritual
very helpful in the pursuit of self awareness - inner peace - harmony -balance between play and work
To be at peace - one must know thy self - understand what truly makes... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Duncan Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I bought this book because I was curious about buddhism. I've tried reading some free material from the internet but found it to be confusing so I thought perhaps the Dalai Lama... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brian Wiirre
5.0 out of 5 stars finally!
This book does a great job breaking down emptiness in an understandable way. I've read numerous books on the subject and this one is, by far, the most straight forward.
Published 2 months ago by J. Loehr
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally up my alley!
I have been wanting to read a Dalai book for a few months now. I have heard bits and pieces of his speeches & writings. Totally up my alley. As if he is talking TO me! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Gunga Ga-lunga
Big hitter...that Lama...lol.

Didn't read the book yet, but just wanted to post it. I'll write a follow-up after reading.
Published 4 months ago by HP
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomeness
I don't know how people can't go without learning a thing or two from philosophers from the past! Makes a big difference in your lives!!
Published 4 months ago by AL
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the Dalai Lama
This was a little too complicated for me to understand due to my being a beginner. I am sure this is great for someone more enlightened.
Published 5 months ago by Pat T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book on emptiness Buddhist teachings
Clear and to the point information on how to discover our emptiness nature. I am on my second time through and still finding more and more to realize about my true nature.
Published 5 months ago by Stuart Kaufman
5.0 out of 5 stars Self awareness
Wonderful, enlightening, engaging, thought filled.makes you think of much that has gone unthought about.
Highly recommend! Wish all of my family would read this.
Published 7 months ago by Sherri L. Ward
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His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born in 1935 to a peasant family in northeastern Tibet and was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. The world's foremost Buddhist leader, he travels extensively, speaking eloquently in favor of ecumenical understanding, kindness and compassion, respect for the environment, and, above all, world peace.

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