Author: Rajiv MehrotraPublisher: PenguinYear: 2006Language: EnglishPages: 258ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143101307
A special collection of the Dalai Lama's inspirational writings and discourses. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the pre-eminent spiritual teacher of our times. He reaches out across nations, religions and ideologies, even as he embodies the highest aspirations of the Buddhist path. His writings and ideas have impacted millions worldwide; to many he is a living Buddha. This substantive selection brings together the best, most important and useful of his teachings and insights. Edited by Rajiv Mehrotra, a personal student of the His Holiness, the book focuses on the Buddhist and secular perspectives which form the basis of the Dalai Lama's engaging and universally accessible philosophy—the techniques of achieving a happy, ethical and enlightened life, even as we can and must make a difference to a world plagued by individual and collective suffering. It enables us to understand ourselves and see our lives afresh, from work and relationships to meditation and religious practice. Articulated in his most appealing voice, The Essential Dalai Lama combines practical advice and techniques with a compassion that transforms us. This is the perfect compilation for all admirers of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's writings and for anyone yet to be introduced to his compelling wisdom.
PREFACEI. THE VISIONWords of TruthThe quest for Human HappinessOur Global FamilyCompassionUniversal ResponsibilityII. BUDDHIST PERSPECTIVESIntroductionLaying he GroundworkThe BuddhaFour Noble TruthsKarmaThe Bodhisattva IdealInterdependenceDependent OriginationAwareness of DeathIII. THE PRACTICECreating the Perspective for PracticeRefuge: The Three JewelsMeditation: A BeginningTransforming the Mind Through MeditationEnvironment/Symbols/Posture/BreathingThe Nature of the MindPractice of Calm AbidingGenerating the mind of EnlightenmentEight Verses for Training the MindMeditation on EmptinessTantra-Deity YogaRelying on a Spiritual TeacherIV. A WORLD IN HARMONYEthics and SocietyScience and SpiritualityBuddhist concept of NatureA Wish for HarmonyBuddhist Perspectives on the Teachings of JesusThe Sheltering Tree of InterdependenceCopyright AcknowledgementsThe foundation for UniversalResponsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama