The format is really great. It consists of Howard Cutler asking general questions to Tenzin Gyatso (the Dalai Lama) on topics of happiness, suffering, handling anger etc.
He makes some really great points about how the secret to most problems is how you think about them, not solve them.
This was the first book I've read by Tenzin Gyatso, I plan on reading more.
The end gets a little silly. He claims the "purpose of religion" is to help us with life. He goes on to say you should pick your religion based on how it fits. Completely ridiculous. Religion is reducible to a set of beliefs, which in turn are essentially claims about reality. Claims about reality are either true or false, and the idea that we "pick" which ideas "fit us" as opposed to accept ideas that are closer to truth is absurd.
Otherwise really great listen.
I was looking for a book with insight; instead i received, a psychological banter, circling and backlighting a very spiritual guide. Are we who live in the early 21st century, so dense to the spiritualization of thought, that we need synthetic thinkers to interpret, psychologically speaking?
My question would actually be, do we need the frosted glass of pseudo-Freudian thought to see the truth of snow, through that glass more clearly? Who is viewed and what is viewing in the book is so confusing and contrary in thought, that for minutes i began to seek a paradox within the attempt to co-join Western and Eastern philosophy.
We are not philosphers or great spiritual thinkers if we succumb to basic psycho-rhetoric, for this rhetoric cannot proscribe or inscribe the beauty of holiness. It rings false and unctious.....stay away from this tome! Choose to read more primary texts and less secondary source materials -- like this one.