I have to admit that I am pretty new to this type of book and have never before read anything even remotely related to Buddhism. This book quickly became very confusing for me to the point of loosing interest. Definately not a beginners book on 'practicing'.
Although I found this book provided me with a greater understanding of Buddhism and some valuable insights, the majority of the text was overly theoretical and complex for a beginner such as myself. It may mean more to someone more advanced in their understanding of the concepts discussed.
This book is amazing full of wisdom and spiritually. A true gem written by The Dalai Lama, narrated by Jeff Hopkins. Jeff is very good at carrying the spiritual word. His insight is great as is his translation. This is a jewel , it is very good!
The timeless wisdom and gentle guidance of His Excellency the Dalai Lama are beautifully narrated in this Audible offering. Only a basic knowledge of Buddhism is needed to appreciate these wonderful teachings. A copy of the printed book would be helpful if the reader wishes to follow the practices. Highly recommended!
As I am new to Buddhism, I have floundered in finding a personal, daily practice. I'm one that cannot truly commit myself to anything without having a personal understanding and conviction of that understanding. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has beautifully presented here a concise and easily understood teaching of the basic principles of Buddhism, and offered suggestion as to how to incorporate those principles into your daily life. I am most grateful for this book and the friend that suggested it to me.
Not a bad book but I was most definetely the target audience. People that are into yoga and buddism may be able to take more advantage of this book.
I am a Christian who has studied and appreciated Buddist and Zen philosophies for their wisdom regarding living in the present and freedom from the tyranny of material desire. I found this work both light in such general wisdom and tiresome in its emphasis on Buddism-specific religious ideology, particularly reincarnation.
Caution! Do not attempt to listen to this while driving.... You will be sleeping within minutes. I guess I am not open minded enough for this. Wish I could return it - but it was a gift : (
I am sure the hippies out there will love it! Hari Krishna... Hari Krishna..