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How to See Yourself as You Really Are | [His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Jeffrey Hopkins]

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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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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    Rita Anchorage, AK, USA 05-23-07
    Rita Anchorage, AK, USA 05-23-07 Member Since 2005
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    "In Defense of the Narrator"

    I don't want anyone to be put off by the negative review of the narrator given previously. Professor Hopkins is a very effective reader of this book, because he understands thoroughly what he is reading. The only really bad narrator I've experienced while a member of Audible was the actor who read "Lonesome Dove," who clearly didn't pay attention to the words most of the time and faked the intonation. The title of this book makes it sound a bit like a lightweight self-help book, but it's really a wonderful, clear exposition of emptiness and Buddhist philosophy, as one comes to expect from His Holiness. I highly recommend it.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Delta, British Columbia, Canada 04-22-07
    Steve Delta, British Columbia, Canada 04-22-07
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    "Very Thorough"

    Yes as per the other comments the narrator is very monotone, but personally I was able to get past that once getting into the meat of the book about 2 hours in. From there on I was continually surprised at how carefully and thoroughly the subjects where explained. I have read a number of books on emptiness but this is definitely the most extensive guide to actual contemplation of the subject. To the point that yes I will be also buying the book to use as a study guide, which in itself is somewhat impractical from an audio book format.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 08-17-11
    Mike 08-17-11

    Stumbled upon audio books a little while ago and I enjoy them now. I mostly listen to books related to science, Buddhism, and some fantasy.

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    "Very thorough, but very complex"

    First off I had no problem with the narrator, he did a good job on a very complex book.

    The subject matter of this book is very complex and I would not recommend it to people who are not familier with buddhist concepts. However this book is a treasure of wisdom supported by analytical arguments which are very well structured and arranged.

    This is THE best book I have read on this subject, you also REALLY have to concentrate while listening (not a light listen) . After listening (at least twice) you will have a lot of contemplation ahead of you...

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "Very deep"

    I went to a retreat based on this book, and we spent over an hour talking about just the first few sentences. There is so much in this book that you'll need to read/listen to it a few times to begin to grasp it as a whole. This book can change your life with a little time, meditation and mindfulness of what is being presented.

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    Jane Las vegas, NV, USA 02-28-07
    Jane Las vegas, NV, USA 02-28-07
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    "Buy the Book"

    I'm having a terrible time getting through this. The narrator is just horrible. There is a lot of valuable information in there but I keep banging my head on the wall and turning it off. I'm going to buy the book and you should too.

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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.

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    Elsa Lakebay, WA, United States 11-12-12
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    "Unfortunate Narrator"

    I was really interested in this book - and I think I may purchase it in print form instead. I listen to a lot of audio books and I have a very high tolerance for poor readers but this one was impossible for me to listen to. I struggled through half of it and had to move on to something else. Very disappointing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Chicago, IL, United States 08-02-11
    Rachel Chicago, IL, United States 08-02-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Unfortunately difficult..."

    I love the Dalai Lama but this book was very difficult to get through. Listening to it on audio is too complex to keep my interest. I liked "The Art of Happiness" much better. But maybe I just need to try this one again another time...

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    Ernest Newton, NJ, United States 04-26-15
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    "Good instructions on learning more about the self"

    The narrator did a very good job. I felt like he really has an understanding of the subject matter.
    There were a lot of good instructions given to progress your meditation to a higher level. Some of the Buddhist discussion on self was a little hard for me to follow. I need to listen again. I have read a few other books that discussed the concept of the self; and I don't think any of those authors did a better job. Well worth the time listening to several times to help gain more pease and happiness in your life.

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    Richard 04-06-15
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    "My go-to self-help audio book."

    Great narration. Dr. Hopkins has a very soothing voice. I often listen to this book while going to sleep. Dalai Lama's words are very thoughtful and give great advice on being mindful as we travel throughout our journey of life.

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