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.
For me, I found listening to the audio while reading along with the book took hold the best. Because many of the words are Sanskrit and trying to pronounce them correctly without any type of guidance for English pronounciation grinded my effort to a crawl, and listening to the audio book by itself was equally difficult, using both together worked exceptionally well. If you are seriously trying to seek the wisdom of Buddhism, or just want to understand it more insightfully, I recommend both reading and listening to this story.
who are experienced on their journey. This book goes into great detail on how to practice being a buddhist. Its a little too thorough for those who are beginning their journey.
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.