Whether you’re solving a problem with a friend or trying to stay calm about world events, there is a new book to help you understand and work with the world around you.
“When I meet new people in new places, in my mind there is no barrier, no curtain,” said the Dalai Lama in “Kindness, clarity, and insight” (Snow Lion, $ 19.95). “In my opinion, as human beings, you are my brothers and sisters; there is no difference in substance. “
For 25 years, the Dalai Lama has shared his philosophy with people in North America. As a religious leader, he has worked for peace and tolerance in his own country and in others.
As a pop culture icon, he has influenced thousands to reevaluate life’s minor and major frustrations, evaluate themselves, and find a centered and peaceful inner self.
As his good friend and translator of the book, Jeffrey Hopkins, put it, “His Holiness asks all of humanity to appreciate the social value of kindness and compassion; kindness and compassion are the fabric that makes society possible. “
“No matter who I meet and where I go, I always give advice to be altruistic, to have a good heart,” said the Dalai Lama. “This is the essence of religion; this is the essence of Buddhist teaching. “
This new celebratory edition of the first book of the Dalai Lama’s teachings in the English-speaking world is a testament to the goodness, clarity and insight of the material it contains.
Twenty-five years after its original publication, it remains one of his most readable and wide-ranging books.
The 20 chapters of the book are cleverly organized in a developmental sequence so that readers easily understand the background necessary to appreciate more complex topics later in the text.
Together, the teachings in this book provide an accessible map of Tibetan spiritual culture. It has been described as an excellent introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and a clear picture of the Dalai Lama.