Finally, a detailed and integrated book about Buddhism was written to Westerners. In 1993, Thubten Chodron started a contact with HH the Dalai Lama in order to convince him to write a book directed to Westerners. Based on Thubten Chodron’s suggestion, the Dalai Lama accepted to write clear Buddhist instructions to the world. This series is the final result.
To prepare this publication, intense effort had been performed for many years. Field research in the Buddhist world had been done to gather obscured topics. These questions were presented to the Dalai Lama in order to help and guide him establishing the right direction of presentation of the important Buddhist principles. This is an original and unprecedented contribution of the series.
‘Approaching the Buddhist Path’ is the first volume of a collection of 8 books intended to present Buddhism to the world and, in particular, to the West. This first volume is very well written, it tries to pursue a didactic method. When concepts are introduced, they are immediately well defined. This
approach makes the reading easier. The subjects are displayed in a consistent and logical order. Concepts are extensively repeated; this procedure helps the reader to fix them. Summaries are also given to aid reflection. The style of presentation follows the pattern used in the West. Sanskrit and Tibetan terms were seldom used.
But, the book is a technical document. It is not a publication for a unique reading. The reader needs to study it in order to comprehend the essence of the exposed matters.
If the remainder volumes follow the same scheme used in this first volume, the information about Buddhism presented in this series will be extremely relevant to Westerners.