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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401931847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401931841
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mehrotra assembles a Buddhist primer in this small collection of the Dalai Lama's thoughts on meditation, suffering, karma, enlightenment and other issues. Brevity is the book's greatest strength and greatest weakness: it is accessible, certainly, but the tiny topical sections do little more than scratch the surface of complex issues. His Holiness dispatches with compassion, a foundation of Buddhist thought, in a mere five pages; karmic consequences merit just three. And while the book aims for some practicality-including a chapter on how to meditate, for example-the approach is less hands-on than other Buddhist introductions. Although there are some gems scattered throughout, including a beautiful rumination on death as a spiritual practice, the book's unfocused structure does not make the most of these. All of the chapters have been cobbled together from the Dalai Lama's previous talks (with almost no information about where and when those talks occurred), meaning both that there is no truly original material here and that there is often little connection or flow between one chapter and another.
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso) is the 14th and current Dalai Lama. Born on July 6, 1935, he was the 5th of 16 children from a farming family in the Tibetan province of Amdo. When he was two years old, he was proclaimed the tulku (rebirth) of the 13th Dalai Lama. At the age of 15, he was enthroned as Tibet's Head of State and most important political ruler, as Tibet faced occupation by the forces of the People's Republic of China. After the collapse of the Tibetan resistance movement in 1959, the Dalai Lama fled to 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. A charismatic figure and noted public speaker, His Holiness is the first Dalai Lama to travel to the West. There, he has helped spread Buddhism and promote the concepts of universal responsibility, secular ethics, and religious harmony. In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his distinguished writings and his leadership in the solution of international conflicts, human rights issues, and global environmental problems.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Brenda M. Davis on October 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In My Own Words by Rajiv Mehrota, is a very loving book. Being raised in the Christian faith, I have limited knowledge on Buddhism. As I am a truth or knowledge seeker, this book is just want I need. I've always admired His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His teachings are pure and just what our world needs right now. Christ taught the same things, but organized religions turned his teachings into something that they can manipulate for their own use. Compassion, love of others, love of ourselves, love for Mother Earth, love for God/the Universe are what we need now and this book gives us an insight on how to start living this way.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Howard on December 19, 2009
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This is the second book I have read by the Dalai Lama and it did not disappoint. His overpowering positivity is found throughout the book and it guides you through thought processes and progressions that if you follow will lead to a better way of life.

His Eight Verses for Training the Mind and explanation of them I found especially helpful. This is just an example of some of the wisdom you can find in this book. In the search for inner peace I have found the Dalai Lama is perhaps one of the best teachers you can take on. I will continue to read more of his works.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Carlene T. Munro on October 13, 2008
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The Dalai Lama's newest book is compassionately written for people like me who know little about Buddhism but would love to understand more. My goal was to learn how to be more compassionate and went to the expert on the subject. I will use it as a "text book" for years to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 4, 2012
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I love this book more than anything the Dalai Lama. He really is a wise man and he's teachings are so inspirational. This book and others from the Dalai Lama have help transform me into a better person and a more happier one too. I never noticed how being judgemental made me an insecure and unhappy person. Being compassionate has made it easier for me to put myself in someone's shoes. It has help me not to get angry at people who hurt me because they themselves are dealing with their own problems. Buddhism is the key to a happy life... at least for me :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James on March 23, 2014
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I enjoyed this writing of the Dalai Lama. I am not a Buddhist but was doing some research into the religion. I think the book give you a good understanding of Buddhism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Soto on October 20, 2013
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I love this book, but gave it 4 stars because it deals a bit more with details of Buddhism than The Art of Happiness, which is aimed at a general audience - not that this is a bad thing! But, not being a Buddhist myself, I choose to read his books for the universal message they carry, so I did find myself filtering out a few pages. But the religious contents are not so dense that it takes away from the overall principles, which are still relevant to everyone. A recommendable read.
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By Frank O'Shannassy on March 6, 2014
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Worth reading and more than once. It has what is often missing these days and that is substance. Happy reading
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By V. Davis on February 14, 2014
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This book is full of great wisdom from a great man. I love to read a passage or two at night as I'm settling into bed. The Dalai Lama gives such good insight into daily problems and it doesn't matter what religion you are...this is just good advice!
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