Book Review: The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Buddhism by Dalai Lama XIV

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Book Review: The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Buddhism by Dalai Lama XIVThe Dalai Lama's Little Book of Buddhism by Dalai Lama
Published by Hampton Roads Publishing Company on Expected publication: June 1st 2015
Genres: Body, Mind & Spirit
Pages: 224
Source: NetGalley
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This little book contains the core teaching on Buddhism by the Dalai Lama. It includes thought-provoking quotations about the importance of love and compassion, and the need for individual responsibility, fuses ancient wisdom with an awareness of the problems of everyday life.

In addition to containing the essence of Buddhism, this book offers practical wisdom for daily life. The goal of this small gift book is to improve the reader's state of mind and to discover the deep peace that exists within.

Here are pithy reflections on the need to rid oneself of preoccupations with mundane concerns and to find refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

My Thoughts

I cannot get enough of the Dalai Lama’s books. He has an intelligence about people that goes way beyond what most of us think and feel. He has a true compassion for all beings and it shows in his writings.

You can develop the right attitude toward others if you have kindness, love, and respect for them, and a clear realization of the oneness of all human beings.

This book has a LOT in it. So much that I am going to have to re-read it. Probably over and over again. I highlighted so much that I have full pages highlighted! All of it is about how we can be kind to ourselves and others. And I enjoy that he talks quite a bit about Buddhism. There were words that I did not recognize and I plan to go and find them and understand them fully before I re-read. But these were not words that were just the Dalai Lama being pretentious, they were words that meant something more in Buddhism than in my life. To understand would be to understand more about Buddhism, not just the words themselves.

A lot of this is about compassion. I think that is the message he is trying to convey to the world. That compassion can truly get you anywhere. That we all can have compassion if we choose to.

The common enemy of all religious disciplines is selfishness of mind.

 

Real compassion comes from seeing the suffering of others. You feel a sense of responsibility, and you want to do something for them.

It is so nice to see someone put a word to the empathy that I feel for others. But not only does he put a vision to it, he fully explains it, and explains how to expand on these emotions and more.

This book left me speechless and wanting to know so much more than I know now. He is far beyond his time and I love that I was able to review this book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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