The Dalai Lama opens The Middle Way with an elegant argument
for the power of compassion in cultivating a happy life. From there, he
connects core ideas of Buddhist philosophy to the truths of our shared
condition. His Holiness delivers a sparklingly clear teaching on how the
Buddhist ideas of emptiness and interdependency relate to personal
experience and bring a deeper understanding of the world around us.
In down-to-earth style, His Holiness sets forth a comprehensive
explanation of the Mahayana tradition based on two of Buddhisms most
revered figures and their renowned works: Nagarjunas Middle Way and Tsongkhapas Three Principal Aspects of the Path.
Both works are rooted in the ancient Indian scholastic tradition of
Nalanda Monastery, which approached Buddhism not just through faith and
devotion, but through critical inquiry.
Through these beautifully complementary teachings, His Holiness urges
us to strive with an objective mind, endowed with a curious
skepticism, to engage in careful analysis and seek the reasons behind
our beliefs, for only faith grounded in reason is truly unshakable.
Middle Way: Faith Grounded in Reason, Dalai Lama, Wisdom Publications, Paperback, 2009, 184 Pages, $17.95