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How to See Yourself As You Really Are

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2
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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster
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November, 2007
ISBN:
9780743290463
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2
$22.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Like the two wings of a bird, love and insight work cooperatively to bring about enlightenment, says a fundamental Buddhist teaching. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, we each possess the ability to achieve happiness and a meaningful life, but the key to realizing that goal is self-knowledge. In How to See Yourself As You Really Are, the world’s foremost Buddhist leader and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize shows readers how to recognize and dispel misguided notions of self and embrace the world from a more realistic—and loving—perspective.

Step-by-step exercises help readers shatter their false assumptions and ideas and see the world as it actually exists. By directing our attention to the false veneer that so bedazzles our senses and our thoughts, 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 book’s 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.

My intention in this book is to make a contribution, however small, to world peace by explaining Buddhist notions about finding the source of hurtful emotions, such as lust and hatred, within ourselves, and then describing Buddhist practices to undermine these painful influences and supplant them in the heart with insight and love.

The very useful appendix, “Reviewing the Meditative Reflections,” summarizes the themes and stages of the book: The Need for Insight; How to Undermine Ignorance; Harnessing the Power of Concentration and Insight; How to End Self-Deception; How Persons and Things Actually Exist; and Deepening Love with Insight.

Enlivened by personal anecdotes and intimate accounts of the Dalai Lama’s own life experiences, How to See Yourself As You Really Are can be read and enjoyed by spiritual seekers of all faiths.

 

 

 

Publisher’s Description: 

According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, we each possess the ability to achieve happiness and a meaningful life, but the key to realizing that goal is self-knowledge. In How to See Yourself As You Really Are, the world's foremost Buddhist leader and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize shows readers how to recognize and dispel misguided notions of self and embrace the world from a more realistic -- and loving -- perspective. Through illuminating explanations and step-by-step exercises, His Holiness helps readers to see the world as it actually exists, and explains how, through the interconnection of meditative concentration and love, 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 that can be read and enjoyed by anyone seeking spiritual fulfillment. The Dalai Lama invites you on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery and inner growth. In this book he explains that self-knowledge is a vital step on the path towards enlightenment, and reveals time-honored techniques that will help you to shed your illusions about yourself. With his guidance and gentle encouragement, you can embrace reality at a more authentic level of being. A subtle, quick, complex and extraordinarily intelligent man who brings three qualities to a spiritual discourse - gentleness, clarity and laughter. - Prof. Robert Kieley. Now in paper. 288 pp. November.

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