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Throughout the book, the Dalai Lama emphasizes the importance of logical analysis of scriptures, even if they are in the Buddha's own words; some teachings, he stresses, "should not be taken literally, but need interpretation." And this is what he does in this clear and readable commentary, originally given in 1989 and now translated and published for the first time. Its 10 short chapters are on such familiar Buddhist themes as Training the Mind, Compassion, Identifying the Nature of Suffering, and The Practice of Calm Abiding.
"Through meditation," says the Dalai Lama, "we can train our minds in such a way that negative qualities are abandoned and positive qualities are generated and enhanced." Those who practice meditation, whether Buddhist or not, will find this a thoughtful and practical guide, written with the Dalai Lama's characteristic warmth and gentleness. --David V Barrett, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Both are discussed in great detail with vivid examples.
It sat on my shelf unread for quite some time, until I finally picked it up about a week ago and read it through in a short series of evening sessions.
H.H. Has written yet another wonderful book, I would recommend this to anyone other Buddhists or those interested in meditation!
Very interesting takes a while to get into it . However once you let yourself calm down it is very informative.Published 11 months ago by The MOM
I purchased this book as a Christmas Gift for my son-in-law; it was listed on his Amazon Wish List. I plan on reading the book after Michael is done. Read morePublished 12 months ago by G. L. Patterson
Learning about his teachings gives us a different perspective of life because he lives a lovable compassionate life in a world of war and hate. Read morePublished 14 months ago by munequitareyes
I learned a few bits from this book, but it's not a super easy read. I think a lot of it gets lost in the translation and some of it might be lost by the direct extraction of... Read morePublished 17 months ago by A Simple Guy
I was hoping for a practical description of the mental stages one experiences through various "stages of meditation", and not a philosophical treatise on Buddhist thought. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mick Elliott