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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Snow Lion (January 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559390328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559390323
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For its down-to-earth style and rich spiritual teachings, this must rank as one of the finest Buddhist books in English to date."—The Middle Way

"Presented in practical and understandable form. . . . Highly recommendable as a practical guide to Tibetan Buddhism"—Quest Magazine

"Beautifully elucidates the meaning of this spiritual path through his own direct spiritual advice and personal reflections."—Eastern Horizon

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Tibetan

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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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By erin harris on December 8, 2001
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For the last forty years, the Tibetan government has been exiled in India. In 1959 the new Communist Chinese government forced the non-violent Tibetan Buddhist government, lead by the fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, to flee the land in preparation to overtake the Tibetan people. In his years in exile the Dalai Lama has written literature on the Tibetan Buddhist way of life, not only to attract the Buddhist population but the world's religions. This life is one of clarity, love, and good deeds. Path to Enlightenment, which is a commentary on the third Dalai Lama's Essence of Refined Gold, gives spiritual advice through the eyes of Buddhist over a span of many years, defining the life of a Tibetan Buddhist. The writing of Tenzin Gyatso and Sonam Gyatso together is showing us Buddha's principal on the path to enlightenment. ALong with defining the Lam Rim, which are the stages on the spiritual path. His holiness described the difficulty of attaining Nirvana(full Buddhahood), but urges determination. Path to Enlightenment makes one aware of the steps that must be taken in advance for the true inner peace., while giving up the expectation of a quick fix to a problem. The Dalai Lama explains how to cultivate a person's own meditative concentration, to give the mind a clear state. A person has to train their mind to discipline themselves, but enlightenment is feasible by any human being.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Craig on February 3, 2009
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I worked my way through this book out of personal commitment to the Dalai Lama and his ideals. No doubt a profoundly insightful teaching, it was a bit too esoteric for me. If you already know a lot about Buddhism, you may be able to make your way through this book easier than I.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Grimes on January 18, 2009
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Great book for those interested in Buddhism. I have just started getting involved in Buddhism and this book is a great asset. Do not think you will read or listen to it just once. You will continue to pour over this book and each time get more knowledge out if.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Hopkins on May 15, 2012
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If you want to know what Tibetan Buddhism is, this book answers the question comprehensively and simply. However, it's probably not for complete beginners who haven't meditated and know little about Tibetan Buddhism. I read it after meditating for years and reading a couple of other books about Tibetan Buddhism.

The Dalai Lama lays out the steps that Buddhists go through to reach Enlightenment. Sometimes I was able to understand the effect a step would have and so why it would be done. Sometimes, not. I've been filling in the "why's" of some of the steps by reading other books.

After reading this book, I felt very oriented, however, as to the steps that Tibetan Buddhists follow to become Enlightened. This gives me the context I've wanted so that I can evaluate various spiritual techniques -- how do they relate to Enlightenment?
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