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Kindness, Clarity, and Insight: The Fourteenth Dalai Lama, His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso Paperback – January 1, 1984
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"Kindness, Clarity, and Insight" is among the best of the Dalai Lama's books in presenting his major themes and in showing the scope of his teachings, from the most fundamental and accessible to the difficult. The book consists of a series of 20 lectures delivered during the Dalai Lama's first three visits. The lectures are arranged in a progressing order of complexity, with the opening lectures giving an introduction to the Dalai Lama's thought that requires no special interest in Tibetan Buddhism while the latter lectures focus on complex, difficult matters that arise within the various Tibetan Buddhist schools. The book is fascinating to read as it moves forward.
Throughout the book, the Dalai Lama emphasizes the importance of kindness and of developing a good heart through introspection and meditation rather than through pursuit of material gain and pleasure.Read more ›
I had the good fortune of attending his 1979 talk in Seattle, and his teaching on the "Four Noble Truths" was a pivotal moment in my life. I was a typically confused and searching college student who had wondered before if enlightenment was even possible, but his clear outline and explanation of the causes of suffering and path to liberation showed me, in His Holiness's clear example, that it is possible and accessible to anyone who pursues it. Jeffrey Hopkins lucid and practically simul-translation was equally impressive (I felt I was witnessing a mind-meld of the two).
Perhaps most powerful was the context of this talk. The lecture hall at the U of W was packed and intimate. I had a great seat right in the middle. Only a few minutes into H.H's introductory talk on world peace (which he gave in English), he was interrupted by several RED BOOK waving Maoists, yelling, "Death to the Dalai Lama!" As one woman stood up in the front row and berated him, H.H came to the edge of the stage and listened with concern. The hall was stunned into silence. I found myself crying from the shock of it, and then a fellow stood up from the seat in front of me and yelled, "Sit down and shut up, you f_ckin' Commie!", and the spell was broken and we all chuckled and relaxed. After the protesters were carried out, H.H. said something like, "This is why we need to be discussing world peace." He then finished his intro and brought out Hopkins to translate his more technical Buddhist teaching on the path to enlightenment. My mind was open and ripe for the Dharma. The kindness, clarity and insight of the moment was magical. Within a year I had become a practicing Buddhist myself...
This Snow Lion hard cover edition is well made and should be durable enough to last through a lifetime.of study.
I recommend it highly
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been reading portions of this both almost every day for 6 months.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
More kindness is needed in this everyday world. To see where kindness might be needed one needs clarity. Insight comes with meditation. Take some time.Published 22 months ago by willow 38
This is the 2nd book I've read by the Dalai Lama - the other is The Little Book of Inner Peace. Like other reviewers, I have very high degree of respect for this great man. Read morePublished on September 30, 2010 by teekhe
I found this to be another enlightening read. I give it four stars only because there are points in the book that require greater understanding of concepts that I have either not... Read morePublished on April 25, 2010 by Geoff Howard
Well, one need only open to the first address in Constitution Hall and read the words of Congressman Charles G. Rose, "This is a holy instant for all Americans. Read morePublished on March 2, 2009 by Nova137
THERE ARE SOME PARTS OF THIS BOOK I FIND SPECTACULAR. I MEAN THAT HAVE ALTERED MY LIFE BUT THE MAJORITY OF IT IS SO INCREDIBLY HARD TO FOLLOW. Read morePublished on January 20, 2008 by Erich Heidrich