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How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life Hardcover – January 8, 2002
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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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- Publisher : Pocket Books (January 8, 2002)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0743427084
- ISBN-13 : 978-0743427081
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 1.25 x 7.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #730,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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His Holiness Dalai Lama has elegantly answered the question Nihilism proposes, by stating that only co-dependent entities can perform any function. In this, he uses "function" rather than "purpose" although the two are effectively exchangeable. Please read the book to further understand what I mean.
This book has affected me deeply primarily because I did not expect to get this type of information from this book. The subtitle, although cheesy at the onset of reading "How to live a meaningful life", is precisely accurate and the book successfully performs it's described function. I know how to live a meaningful life now. And no, existence is not meaningless, purposeless, or useless. It is precisely meaningful, purposeful, and useful, and now I know why thanks to this book.
If all human minds were seeds of flowers, the Dalai Lama is the Sun.
This book greatly enhances or helps start any meditation practice. He breaks down complex experiences in his life and gives examples of ways to live (and practice) a better, more fulfilled, and happier life.
As with anything though, you must be dedicated to yourself and health practices to see the benefits that arise from self contemplation and meditation.
But this whole nonsense of abolishing suffering is...just that... nonsense...
Humans define their existence through suffering.
It's what shapes us and what makes us advance and rise to the occasion.
And don't get me started on this whole "emptiness" nonsense...
A baseball bat is inherently empty unless someone is swinging it at your head...
But it's empty! So the concussion you're about to "suffer" will simply be in your head...
Convoluted nonsense...if you're life is empty then put some meaning into it...do...something...
This is what happens when you take a normal man and appoint him some holy diety...
In this respect the Tibetans are no better than some religious fanatics...
I came to a much clearer way to think about emptiness: All phenomenon and persons have only changing and dependent reality (not permanent or ultimate reality). And it is for that reason that they disappoint our expectations and cause us pain and suffering.
We can reduce that pain by more correct knowledge about the real nature of all phenomena, objects, and persons.
4 Star-detailed book, tons of insight and help you open your mind to heal