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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Didn't get there yet. I have to get hardcopy to go through.
Teachings about compassion... Very mind changing.
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!
This is no good unless you really want to learn how to meditate. That was not my purpose.
I think, I got the message after less than ½ hour, but it just kept going on and on.
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.
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....
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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