How To Practice will guide you toward opening your heart, refraining from doing harm, maintaining mental tranquility, and more. Divided into series of distinct steps that will lead spiritual seekers of all faiths toward enlightenment, this accessible book 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 very practical insight into the human psyche and what binds us all together.
How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life, H.H. Dalai Lama, Translated and Edited by Jeffrey Hopkins, Atria Books, Paperback, Pocket, 225 pages, $16.00
Tenzin Gyamtso, the 14th Dalai Lama, was born on July 6, 1935 in a small village called Takster in northeastern Tibet. At the age of two, His Holiness was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama. He was enthroned at the age of five and assumed full political power in 1950. In 1959, His Holiness was forced into exile and has striven ever since for a peaceful solution to the the Sino-Tibetan crisis. He continually promotes his compassionate approach to life struggles, whether personal or global, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
|Introduction: The Need for Peace and Kindness
|Three Ways to Practice
|Identifying the Scope of Suffering
|Discovering How Trouble Starts and Stops
|Refraining from Harm
|Aspiring to Enlightenment
|Practicing Concentrated Meditation
|Focusing the Mind
|Examining How Beings and Things Exist
|The Middle Way
|Mind and the Deep Nature of Mind
|Steps Along the Way
|Overview of the Path to Enlightenment