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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; unknown edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781401931841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401931841
  • ASIN: 1401931847
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brenda M. Davis on October 28, 2009
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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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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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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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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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The Dalai Llama writes in such an easy to read and understand way! I love Tibetan Buddhism and have found a Temple that is Tibetan! He is someone I admire greatly and find Buddhism is a very good thing for me to follow. I enjoyed reading this book. Anyone interested in Buddhism should start with this book.
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By HobbyJunkie 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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Another heartfelt, articulate treatise by His Holiness, with practical discussion about the intricacies of meditation and cultivating compassion, all while written so that those who aren't as psychologically or philosophically adept can understand this material easily. Highly recommended.
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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. It's up to us to become a better person. Love and compassion is not something to question but to give and receive.
I recommend any of his books.

Thank you Dalai Lama for sharing your experiences with us.
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