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The Middle Way: Faith Grounded in Reason

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The Dalai Lama opens The Middle Way with an elegant argument for the power of compassion in cultivating a happy life. From there, he connects core ideas of Buddhist philosophy to the truths of our shared condition. His Holiness delivers a sparklingly clear teaching on how the Buddhist ideas of emptiness and interdependency relate to personal experience and bring a deeper u ...more
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Published August 10th 2009 by Wisdom Publications (first published 2009)
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Adam Uraynar
Jul 25, 2016 Adam Uraynar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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p7 enlightenment for the purpose of benefiting others

8 Middle Way (Madhyamaka) position as falling into the extreme of nihilism, while [...] Mind Only position as falling into the extreme of absolutism.

41 principle of nature just means that the world exists in a particular way and not another way [such as a rock sinks, and milk floats]

43 gross level of impermanence--as when we die or when, say, something is burned or demolished.

45 two kinds of cause and effect--material and mental

45 motivations
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La Pomme
May 21, 2015 La Pomme rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I find it hard to rate this book as it was my first encounter with Buddhist philosophy. Ans as it turns out this is definitely not a book for beginners. Although it walks us through the basic concepts, it's aim is above all to offer Dalai Lama's interpretation of classical Buddhist texts. Quote by quote they are analysed and often translated to simpler, modern language.
Bryan
Jul 14, 2016 Bryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be helpful in understanding the Dalai Lama's approach to Buddhist philosophy, but in many ways this is a less practical book than I had hoped. It is also full of the paradoxical philosophic statements so common in deeper Buddhist literature. I also found the focus on achieving Nirvana to be not very applicable to my own interests in Buddhist meditation and mindfulness, as I am not a Buddhist myself. Still, it was helpful in explaining some of the motivations inherent in Buddhist ...more
Joyce Lagow


Anyone who thinks that Tibetan Buddhism is somehow the path of airy-fairy mysticism is dead flat wrong. In fact, the subtitle of the book--Faith Grounded in Reason--gives far more of an indication of what Buddhism really is. I have often thought that the Shakyamuni Buddha was the first and possibly the greatest systems analyst/process engineer. All the deification and ritual was superimposed, much later. Underneath, the foundation of Buddhism is process analysis: the origin of suffering, cause a
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Hernán
The book is divided in two parts. The first part is a walkthrough of another book written by Nagarjuna. Also, some basic buddhist concepts are explained. This first part keeps getting increasingly harder to understand as you continue reading, thus requiring the reader to be extremely focused in the reading if you care to understand what the author is trying to say.

In the second part of the book, as the concepts are supposedly "well-explained" in the first part, the Dalai Lama just goes directly
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Gita
Aug 27, 2016 Gita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My rating probably shouldn't be taken in consideration as I did not finish the book.
I gave up at 18%, it's not a book for beginners though I've been attending a beginners course. It goes from one truth to another and mixes it all together, I simply could not follow all of that.

Perhaps I am just not there yet, but perhaps the book could've been written better as I don't feel like I'm at the stage where I don't understand Buddhism.
Kathleen Loucks
Feb 09, 2015 Kathleen Loucks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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very hard to get through, but very interesting, about the Buddhist teachings about emptiness
Stephanie
Mar 25, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was highly esoteric at times. I would think to myself, "It's a good thing I took that 'Introduction to Buddhism' class in University".

Having said that, it was a good read. It made the topic at hand accessible without dumbing it down or oversimplifying.
Brad
Teachings given by the Dalai Lama in 2004. I was there but don't remember the depth of his analysis of Nagarjuna's views. I am glad to have this reference.
Sandi
Aug 11, 2010 Sandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book and good preparation for upcoming Kalachakra initiation
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