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HOW TO PRACTICE THE WAY TO A MEANINGFUL LIFE: DALAI LAMA, His Holiness

HOW TO PRACTICE THE WAY TO A MEANINGFUL LIFE

DALAI LAMA, His Holiness

ISBN 10: 0743427084 / ISBN 13: 9780743427081
Published by Pocket Books, NY, 2002
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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FINE condition in FINE dust jacket. HARDCOVER. 2002. FIRST PRINTING. AS NEW, bound in crimson and black with gold endpapers in crimson and black pictorial dust jacket. Square and tight, UNREAD, original price intact. Translated and edited by Jeffrey Hopkins, Ph.D. 'The need for peace and kindness.'. Bookseller Inventory # 001418

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Title: HOW TO PRACTICE THE WAY TO A MEANINGFUL LIFE

Publisher: Pocket Books, NY

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Printing.

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As human beings, we possess one common desire: the need for happiness and a meaningful life. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the ability to find true fulfillment lies within each of us. Now, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, Nobel Prize winner, and bestselling author helps readers begin the path to enlightenment in a very special book -- an easy-access reference for daily practice as well as stunning illumination of the timeless wisdom of His Holiness.

"How to Practice" will guide you toward opening your heart, refraining from doing harm, maintaining mental tranquility, and more. Divided into a 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.

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As a primer on living the good life, few books compete with How to Practice, another profound offering from the exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Westerners may be confused by the book's title, assuming that it focuses solely on Buddhist meditation and prayer techniques. Though it does address meditation and prayer, at its core this is a book that demonstrates how day-to-day living can be a spiritual practice. There are two ways to create happiness:

The first is external. By obtaining better clothes, better shelter, and better friends we can find a certain measure of happiness and satisfaction. The second is through mental development, which yields inner happiness. However, these two approaches are not equally viable. External happiness cannot last long without its counterpart.... However, if you have peace of mind you can find happiness even under the most difficult circumstances.
As he has in previous books (An Open Heart, The Art of Happiness), the Dalai Lama reminds us that developing peace of mind means paying attention to our daily attitudes and choices as well as taking the time to meditate and be prayerful. The six-part book covers Buddhist meditation techniques and visualization exercises as well as daily thoughts and actions that foster morality and wisdom. --Gail Hudson

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