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How to See Yourself as You Really Are Audiobook

How to See Yourself as You Really Are

In How to See Yourself as You Really Are, the world's foremost Buddist leader teaches listeners how to recognize and dispel misguided notions of self and embrace the world from a more realistic and loving perspective
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Publisher's Summary

In How to See Yourself as You Really Are, the world's foremost Buddhist leader teaches listeners how to recognize and dispel misguided notions of self and embrace the world from a more realistic and loving perspective.

Step-by-step exercises help listeners shatter their false assumptions and ideas and see the world as it actually exists. His Holiness sets the stage for discovering the reality behind appearances. But getting past one's misconceptions is only a prelude to right action, and the final section describes how to harness the power of meditative concentration to the service of love, and vice versa, so that true altruistic enlightenment is attained.

Enlivened by personal anecdotes and intimate accounts of the Dalai Lama's own life experiences, How to See Yourself as You Really Are is an inspirational and empowering guide to achieving self-awareness that can be enjoyed by spiritual seekers of all faiths.

©2006 His Holiness the Dalai Lama. All rights reserved; (P)2006 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Rebecca 01-21-15
    Rebecca 01-21-15
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    "One of my favorite books by H.H. Dalai Lama"
    Would you listen to How to See Yourself as You Really Are again? Why?

    I have listened to this book several times because there is so much to learn and new insights are gained each time. It is the refresher I go to most often.


    What about Jeffrey Hopkins’s performance did you like?

    Jeffrey Hopkins is knowledgeable, so he knows how to place emphasis appropriately. His voice is a little bit monotone, but the content is fascinating so it doesn't bother me. If I need to listen carefully, I listen at regular speed. If I am listening again after a short interval, I listen at 1.5 X speed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but breaks for pondering the content are helpful. And I often rewind to make sure I've fully taken in a certain point.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Superior, WI USA 07-10-14
    Brian Superior, WI USA 07-10-14
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    "A new perspective"
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    I was curious about Buddhism and I bought the Kindle version of this book. I found it to be a good introduction to how a Buddhist views reality. I think the book is well written and easy to understand. However, After finishing the book, I bought the audible version and I am so glad I did! I am now on my fourth pass through the audible version and I am still learning with each pass. His Holiness goes over the main ideas repeatedly and at first this seemed a little annoying to me. However, I remained patient and persistent and I now know why he uses so much repetition. This is a very wise and humble man and the knowledge he wishes to teach us is an amazing gift. I highly recommend this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 06-02-14
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A great book to read for beginning and advanced me"

    If your looking for a traditional 'self-help' book then keep going. This book is more about core Buddhist principles in the sense that it was more about explaining a theory then directly speaking to you. You will learn things like: People want happiness, not suffering. Lust and hatred are rooted in ignorance. The key to solving this is through meditation.
    From here it keeps going. If you want a guide as to why meditation is needed here it is.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Raahul Bangalore, India 03-19-12
    Raahul Bangalore, India 03-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Could have been better!"

    Different narrator would have certainly made significant (Positive) effect on quality...
    Narrator might be a learned person, but might not be the best choice when it comes to narration....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dominik "Runopotamus" 04-01-13
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    "Great book with horrible narrator!"
    If you could sum up How to See Yourself as You Really Are in three words, what would they be?

    Three words:
    Fire this narrator!
    Mr. Hopkins-perhaps You are good writer, but keep yourself behind the desk and DO NOT record ANY books. Your voice and style of narration are not made for public listening. YOU made this book boring to death and should apology to Dalai Lama.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn't get there yet. I have to get hardcopy to go through.


    What didn’t you like about Jeffrey Hopkins’s performance?

    EVERYTHING!


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Teachings about compassion... Very mind changing.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anja Schmidt Denmark 07-21-12
    Anja Schmidt Denmark 07-21-12 Member Since 2006

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    What disappointed you about How to See Yourself as You Really Are?

    This is no good unless you really want to learn how to meditate. That was not my purpose.


    What could His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Jeffrey Hopkins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think, I got the message after less than ½ hour, but it just kept going on and on.


    Any additional comments?

    It was one of the extremely rare books that I quit long before the end. I often read even very boring books till the end but this one I just could not stand.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 07-23-15
    Joseph 07-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting read"

    I find this book an interesting read, however, difficult to understand at times. It's mainly based on the theory of happiness, not necessarily a self help book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dianna 11-26-11
    Dianna 11-26-11

    Sorry about what I wrote,because I found out why I couldn't download it. I can't wait to start listening to this.

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    very upset, I can't download this and I was looking so forward to listen to it

    0 of 10 people found this review helpful

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