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How to Practice

The Way to a Meaningful Life
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Paperback Book
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Simon & Schuster
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August, 2003
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9780743453363
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama has traveled the globe many times over to speak eloquently for ecumenical understanding, universal compassion, respect for life, and world peace. Revealing this practical teacher’s vivacious spirit and sense of playfulness, How to Practice grew directly out of his lectures, and forms a beautifully designed primer on practicing altruism, refraining from violence, sharpening the mind, and achieving serenity.

I have arranged this book in six parts. It begins with The Basics, where the story of the Buddha serves as a guide to meaningful living; here I introduce the three aspects of spiritual practice—morality, concentrated meditation, and wisdom—which are the book’s principal themes. In the second part, Practicing Morality, I describe two types of morality: reorienting physical and verbal deeds so as to cause no harm to others, and cultivating deeper concern for others. In the third part, Practicing Concentrated Meditation, I describe how to achieve mental focus and how to restore calm in stressful situations. This is followed by Practicing Wisdom, which addresses the difficult but fruitful topic of dependent-arising and emptiness…

These discussions on morality, concentrated meditation, and wisdom flow into the fifth part, Tantra, which presents a special yoga practice combining these three. I also discuss here how desire can be used in the spiritual path by competent practitioners.

The concluding part, Steps along the Way, presents an overview of the path of practice from its beginnings right through to enlightenment, a state wherein mind and body are fully developed in order to be of service to others…

Think of morality, concentrated meditation, and wisdom as a blueprint for enlightenment, reminding us of the highest aim of practice—a transformation of attitude toward peacefulness, compassion, calm focus, and wisdom.

Among the many other books by the Dalai Lama are Kindness, Clarity and Insight and Violence and Compassion.

 

 

Publisher’s Description: 

As human beings, we all share the desire for happiness and meaning in our lives. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the ability to find true fulfillment lies within each of us. In this very special book, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, Nobel Prize winner, and bestselling author helps readers embark upon the path to enlightenment with a stunning illumination of the timeless wisdom and an easy-access reference for daily practice.

Divided into a series of distinct steps that will lead spiritual seekers toward enlightenment, How to Practice is a constant companion in the quest to practice morality, meditation, and wisdom. This accessible book will guide you toward opening your heart, refraining from doing harm, and maintiaining mentaltranquility as the Dalai Lama shows you how to overcome 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 sage and practical insight into the human psyche and into the deepest aspirations that bind us all together. As human beings, we all share the desire for happiness and meaning in our lives. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the ability to find true fulfillment lies within each of us. In this very special book, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, Nobel Prize winner, and bestselling author helps readers embark upon the path to enlightenment with a stunning illumination of the timeless wisdom and an easy-access reference for daily practice.

Divided into a series of distinct steps that will lead spiritual seekers

toward enlightenment, How to Practice is a constant companion in the quest to practice morality, meditation, and wisdom. This accessible book will guide you toward opening your heart, refraining from doing harm, and maintiaining mentaltranquility as the Dalai Lama shows you how to overcome 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 sage and practical insight into the human psyche and into the deepest aspirations that bind us all together.

 

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