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In this extensive lesson, Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, beautifully elucidates the meaning of the path to enlightenment. His discourse arises from the Third Dalai Lama’s brilliant and powerful work, Essence of Refined Gold, a classic text that summarizes the meaning of all Buddha’s teachings. The subject of Essence is the Lam Rim, a term that literally means "s ...more
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Published March 20th 2002 by Macmillan Audio (first published 1991)
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Chris Lemig
I always go through so many emotions whenever I read a book by H.H. The Dalai Lama. First I'm stunned by his clarity, erudition and ability to make very advanced sprititual practices seem attainable even to a bloke like me. We're talking about attaining Buddhahood here, yet he makes it sound that not only is it possible but, in fact, it's something we can all cheerfully strive for. Then I become simply overjoyed. Overjoyed because I can read, and think, and discern. What a blessing! And finally, ...more
I listened to this in the car so I was not able to take notes for a good review. A few items that caught my attention:

The Dalai Lama is not a vegetarian. He advises being as vegetarian as health allows, and in his case he had health problems and needed to eat some meat.

To go with that, there are quite a few basic points of Buddhism that seem to be incorrectly understood in popular culture; or at least I incorrectly understood them as I learned listening to this book.

Lack of global responsibility
Joseph Monti
I'm not ready to call myself Buddhist (I was going to say "become" instead of "call myself", but I'm not sure exactly what that would mean or really what the difference is. "call myself" sounded more like I don't know what it meant to "become"), but a great introduction to the practice and beliefs.
Not sure this is the religion for me. There's some time spent on finding the right guru, etc. I did enjoy the Dali Lama’s thoughts on simplifying your life and your soul. He also introduced an interesting idea to me of not entering death empty-handed if you lead a spiritual life. -e
I don't know why I found this hilarious. But the advice to think about death and the various manner of dying set me into giggles and the consideration of all of the horrors of coming back as an insect brought me to tears of laughter.
A tratti mi ha fatto sorridere per la somiglianza con le gabbie retoriche e rituali tipiche della teologia. Tanto buon senso e antica tradizione. Evitabile.
Danny Axelrod
Apr 14, 2008 Danny Axelrod rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pJ Perez, Matt Keleman, Jerry Misko, Jennifer Chang
I love this guy. Helped me understand that my spirituality is very grounded in this world, and that I didn't need some 'god' to teach me the difference between right and wrong.
Accessible commentary on important Buddhist text. Lamrim training the mind and Essence of Refined Gold.
Hadji VanderVeer
opened my eyes very humbling
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