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Essential Teachings

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  121 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
This seminal collection of writings contains important spiritual teachings for Eastern and Western readers alike. This book is an indespensible guide for all those seeking the path to spiritual awakening and enlightenment.'
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published June 5th 1995 by Souvenir Press Ltd (first published March 16th 1995)
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V.V.
Jul 14, 2016 V.V. rated it really liked it
Some criticisms of this book have been directed towards the Buddhist nature of the text. Umm... these are essential teachings by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, one of the most revered lamas in Buddhist tradition. It would be crazy for this book not to be about Buddhism or Buddhist ideology. If you want a self-help book that 'Westernizes' Eastern practice and attributes such appropriation to His Holiness, then you can probably find it easily enough (check all the other books associated with - not w ...more
Fox
Jun 13, 2008 Fox rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really think I would have rated this higher if it just had a different title. I've read many books by the Dalai Lama and to call this the Essential Teachings of...just seemed to be a misnomer.
This would better be titled "The Essential Teachings of Tibetan Buddhism." That would give a completely different perspective while reading.
Compared to the other many Dalai Lama books, this just didn't seem to have the same interfaith reading that anyone could enjoy and from which much valuable insight c
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Alison
Apr 03, 2016 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual-read
A very intellectual book. I was fine with 75% of the book and got lost in the concept of emptiness in the last part of the book. Love the Dalai Lama just not at his level yet! Still a worthwhile read. Could someone come up with a book for Dummies for understanding the writings of the Dalai Lama?
Stefan
Apr 08, 2011 Stefan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read...seems to be several different pieces mashed together for a book release. A little disjointed between chapters/sections but the overall message is outstanding.
Elisabeth Do Lam
It confirmed what I am thinking of life, relationships, and human being.
Handri Sur
May 30, 2010 Handri Sur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 06, 2008 Ron Henry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Contains H.H. The Dalai Lama's commentary on two important texts, The 37 Practices of the Boddhisattva and The Key to Madhyamika.
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