Live in a Better Way [Audio]
Reflections on Truth, Love and Happiness
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|Format:||Audio Cassette, abridged edition Edition|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 February 2001|
"Pay attention not only to the cultivation of knowledge but to the cultivation of qualities of the heart, so that at the end of education, not only will you be knowledgeable, but also you will be a warm-hearted and compassionate person."
-- His Holiness the Dalai Lama, from "Live in a Better Way"
As accessible as it is inspirational, this audiobook to approaching life "in a better way" represents a decade's worth of His Holiness's annual public lectures given in India to audiences from all walks of life. The Dalai Lama's characteristically candid guidance on living fully and responsibly, especially at the onset of a new millennium, focuses on specific themes that range from religious tolerance to compassion and non-violence. With a practical introduction to Buddhism and the Dalai Lama's own spiritual heritage, written by renowned Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, this is the perfect audiobook for seekers at any stage along the path of life.
The packaging of talks given by the Dalai Lama has become a publishing staple in the last decade. Here the Dalai Lama's student Singh, a university professor in India, has pulled together six talks delivered in New Delhi from 1988-1997. "In order to practice Buddhism, you have to first know about the mind," begins this labyrinthine journey that is ostensibly aimed at all people, not just Buddhist practitioners. The lectures are good examples of how the Dalai Lama must be supremely accessible in thought and speech, and yet must also articulate the more abstract philosophical underpinnings of Buddhism as a "science of the mind." Within each chapter both aspects are in evidence. For example, in "A Journey to Happiness" we read the clear directive, "Some people feel that compassion, love and forgiveness are religious matters. This is wrong. Love and compassion are imperative. There is no way we can ignore these things, whether one is a believer or not." Near the end of the same chapter the thinking takes one of its abstruse turns: "In Maha-Anuttara Yoga Tantrayana, one unique practice is making a distinction among the gross, subtle, and innermost subtle levels of mind." The book's ultimate message of happiness through compassion is a vital one, but this collection is geared for the adept with a philosophical appetite and a considerable intellect, not for the general reader. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
|Publisher: ||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Dimensions: ||18.0 x 11.0 x 2.0 centimeters (0.12 kg)|