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How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life | [His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Translated, Edited by Jeffrey Hopkins]

How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life

We all possess one common desire: the need for happiness and a meaningful life. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the ability to find true fulfillment lies within each of us. Now, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, Nobel Prize winner, and best selling author helps you begin the path to enlightenment in this easy-access reference for daily practice.
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Publisher's Summary

As human beings, we possess one common desire: the need for happiness and a meaningful life. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the ability to find true fulfillment lies within each of us. Now, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, Nobel Prize winner, and best selling author helps listeners begin the path to enlightenment in a very special audiobook - an easy-access reference for daily practice as well as a stunning new illumination of the timeless wisdom of His Holiness.

How to Practice will guide you toward nurturing compassion, refraining from doing harm, maintaining mental tranquility, and how to develop wisdom. Divided into a series of distinct steps that will lead spiritual seekers of all faiths toward enlightenment, this accessible audiobook is a constant and daily companion in the quest to practice morality, meditation, and wisdom. The Dalai Lama shows us how to overcome our everyday obstacles, from feelings of anger and mistrust to jealousy, insecurity, and counterproductive thinking. Imbued with His Holiness' vivacious spirit and sense of playfulness, How to Practice offers the Dalai Lama's own sage and practical insight into the human psyche and what binds us all together.

©2002 His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Jeffrey Hopkins, All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Simon & Schuster, Inc.; SOUND IDEAS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The Dalai Lama offers elegant clarity about the paradoxes at the heart of Buddhism." (Publishers Weekly)
"As a primer on living the good life, few books compete with How to Practice." (Amazon.com)

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    Frank STRASBURG, PA, United States 03-19-13
    Frank STRASBURG, PA, United States 03-19-13
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    "Thoughtful book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Practice to be better than the print version?

    I would probably prefer print. That way I can refer back to the book for reminders.


    What other book might you compare How to Practice to and why?

    An Open Heart. that is another by His Holiness - general in nature - pretty easy to understand


    What does Jeffrey Hopkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His accent made me think I was listening to the author


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, a visualization practice that is repeated several times throughout


    Any additional comments?

    I would have given this 5 stars overall but some the material was hard to grasp. The grounding and peaceful nature was a welcome addition to my day. I was sad the book had to end

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    deborah Londonderry, NH, United States 07-30-12
    deborah Londonderry, NH, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Totaly Amazing"

    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!

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    Claire Fengyuan Zone, Taiwan 03-20-12
    Claire Fengyuan Zone, Taiwan 03-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Listen to it and life could be easier"

    The voice is just like the writer. Many useful thoughts be told. Try to practice it in daily life, and you will find yourself happier than before.

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    Maisie 06-07-11
    Maisie 06-07-11
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    "Wonderful Book, Excellent Narrator"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Estacada, OR, USA 09-05-05
    Kelly Estacada, OR, USA 09-05-05
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    "How to Practice"

    I found the book difficult to understand and apply to my life.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jorge Mesa, AZ, USA 05-04-06
    Jorge Mesa, AZ, USA 05-04-06
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    "Not for the lay man"

    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.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Adams PHOENIX, AZ, US 10-19-03
    James Adams PHOENIX, AZ, US 10-19-03 Member Since 2002
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    "How to Practice - Buddism, in Particular"

    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.

    61 of 325 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Toledo, OH, USA 09-30-06
    Robert Toledo, OH, USA 09-30-06
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    "Didn't do much for me"

    Nice listen but nothing that seemed profound

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    James Palmyra, VA, USA 12-01-04
    James Palmyra, VA, USA 12-01-04
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    "This book is a"

    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..

    2 of 61 people found this review helpful
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