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As human beings, we possess one common desire: the need for happiness and a meaningful life. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the ability to find true fulfillment lies within each of us. Now, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, Nobel Prize winner, and best selling author helps listeners begin the path to enlightenment in a very special audiobook - an easy-access reference for daily practice as well as a stunning new illumination of the timeless wisdom of His Holiness.

How to Practice will guide you toward nurturing compassion, refraining from doing harm, maintaining mental tranquility, and how to develop wisdom. Divided into a series of distinct steps that will lead spiritual seekers of all faiths toward enlightenment, this accessible audiobook is a constant and daily companion in the quest to practice morality, meditation, and wisdom. The Dalai Lama shows us how to overcome our everyday obstacles, from feelings of anger and mistrust to jealousy, insecurity, and counterproductive thinking. Imbued with His Holiness' vivacious spirit and sense of playfulness, How to Practice offers the Dalai Lama's own sage and practical insight into the human psyche and what binds us all together.

©2002 His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Jeffrey Hopkins, All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Simon & Schuster, Inc.; SOUND IDEAS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The Dalai Lama offers elegant clarity about the paradoxes at the heart of Buddhism." (Publishers Weekly)
"As a primer on living the good life, few books compete with How to Practice." (

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  • Jorge
  • Mesa, AZ, USA
  • 05-04-06

Not for the lay man

Not a bad book but I was most definetely the target audience. People that are into yoga and buddism may be able to take more advantage of this book.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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How to Practice - Buddism, in Particular

I am a Christian who has studied and appreciated Buddist and Zen philosophies for their wisdom regarding living in the present and freedom from the tyranny of material desire. I found this work both light in such general wisdom and tiresome in its emphasis on Buddism-specific religious ideology, particularly reincarnation.

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  • Robert
  • Toledo, OH, USA
  • 09-30-06

Didn't do much for me

Nice listen but nothing that seemed profound

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  • James
  • Palmyra, VA, USA
  • 12-01-04

This book is a

Caution! Do not attempt to listen to this while driving.... You will be sleeping within minutes. I guess I am not open minded enough for this. Wish I could return it - but it was a gift : (

I am sure the hippies out there will love it! Hari Krishna... Hari Krishna..

2 of 67 people found this review helpful