Throughout the program, the Dalai Lama emphasizes the importance of the logical analysis of scriptures, even those in the Buddha's own words. Some teachings, he stresses, "should not be taken literally, but need interpretation." And interpretation is what the Dalai Lama presents in this clear and enjoyable commentary. Included are such familiar Buddhist themes as training the mind, compassion, the nature of suffering, and the practice of calm abiding. Those who practice meditation, whether Buddhist or not, will find this a thoughtful and practical guide, written with the Dalai Lama's characteristic warmth and gentleness.
©2001 His Holiness the Dalai Lama; (P)2002 Audio Renaissance, a Division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
"Those who practice meditation, whether Buddhist or not, will find this a thoughtful and practical guide." (Amazon.com)
In the course of my study of Tibetan Buddhism, I have read and listened to many books by the Dalai Lama. Most of them are very good but this one is average. The commentary is helpful and interesting, and the subject is intellectually challenging but the editing is poor. Several times during the recording, the reader repeats words or sentences seemingly by accident. I do not expect that this repetition was in the original text, it simply would not make sense. I also found the reader's delivery to be a bit too monotonous. Granted, many audio books on Buddhism are read this way but this reader was an extreme example. Overall, I thought the book was helpful in my practice but it is not exemplary.
As a side note, I would definitely not recommend this book to a beginner. The subject is somewhat advanced and would not benefit a reader that lacks a decent understanding of Tibetan Buddhism.
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The narrator, his tone and voice were very easy to understand.
Yes, this book made me search.
I'd like to share this quote from the book, "...there is no identity separate from the mind that perceives it."
I have listened to this book four times, and will undoubtedly re-visit it again. A truly valuable and wonderful guide.
If you don't know anything about meditation, then this book will get you started. There are some contradictions in this book depending on your thinking process but it's really easy to follow.
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