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La strada che porta al vero. Come praticare la saggezza nella vita quotidiana

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As a primer on living the good life, few books compete with How to Practice, another profound offering from the exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Westerners may be confused by the book's title, assuming that it focuses solely on Buddhist meditation and prayer techniques. Though it does address meditation and prayer, at its core this is a book that ...more
Hardcover, 154 pages
Published October 2004 by Mondadori (first published 2002)
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Rustam
Mar 19, 2008 Rustam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I find this man really fascinating, but this book didn't quite get there for me. I wonder if what he preaches is too simple to be interesting in a literary format. I would be interested in reading his auto-biography. His English isn't all that hot, but his occasional anecdotal digressions are very interesting.

I can't believe I'm giving the Dalai Lama TWO stars!? The good news is, I'm not going to Hell, but rather, I may be reborn as a desert rodent.
Tess
Dec 19, 2008 Tess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I still read this book. Recently, I needed something to bring me peace during a small conflict. I opened the book arbitrarily and found just what I needed. I love this little book. It can be a wonderful guide to living peacefully and spreading peace among others.
Froztwolf
This is an odd book that seems to span the entirety of Buddhist practice from beginning to end.

The first third of the book was easy to connect with. It talks about things in our daily lives, what the tenets or Buddhist practice are, how these two relate, and basically what Buddhism encourages people to do and why. Having studied Buddhism a little before, there were few surprises there for me but it was yet a welcome reminder and well structured.

The middle part of the book tackles subjects that
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Z
Jun 03, 2012 Z rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Although I have immense respect for the Dalai Lama's teachings and for traditional Buddhist doctrine, I would not recommend this book as a primer for someone who wants to learn more about Buddhism and/or meditation. The first half of the book is very general, very lightly describing basic Buddhist tenets and advising on concentrated meditation. The second half focuses on the concepts of 'emptiness,' 'inherent existence' and 'dependent-arisings' - and I came away feeling like none of these were r ...more
Melissa
Jan 13, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, nonfiction
The Dalai Lama is such a witty character. He cracks me up and surprises me with every page of this book! It's so refreshing to read the words and advice of a religious leader that isn't stuffy and in your face about beliefs and religion.

He offers great wisdom and tips on living more peacefully and happily with an open heart and mind. I came away from this feeling lighthearted and motivated to be a better person, live more fully, and experience one day at a time, with grace. I respect him so much
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Angie
Dec 01, 2009 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual-self
I Love this book from H.H. The Dalai Lama and use it as a reference guide. If you're ever feeling "out of sorts," then this is a great book to help you find your center/balance. :-)
Callie
May 05, 2010 Callie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bunch of quotes from this book I need to get down, because they are valuable.

"By greeting trouble with optimism and hope , you are undermining worse troubles down the line."

CONTENTMENT REGARDING FOOD< CLOTHES< SHELTER:

SHELTER "Lay people can reduce the neverending quest for a better home and for the funiture and decorations in it." Imagine! This is an outright unequivocal, unapologetic suggestion that we just stop acquiring things and be happy with what we have.

"Examine your attitudes
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Alissa
Aug 20, 2011 Alissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a good introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. It is generally set up to provide specific daily practices (visualizations, thoughts and meditations). I enjoyed the chapters on the basics and practicing morality, but after that, I found that the descriptions became less coherent. That could either be a translation issue or perhaps I'm not at the understanding level yet. Either way, the most meaningful parts of the book were nearer the beginning. Portions of the book are redundant in that a ...more
Jackie
This was my first real introduction to Buddhism.

Since the purpose of this book is teaching how to achieve enlightenment, it doesn't cover things like Buddhist history or explanations of the basic concepts and so I realize I have a lot to learn to understand this religion.

There are essentially 3 steps to enlightenment: Practicing Morality, Concentrated Meditation and Practicing Wisdom. These are the steps to totally enlightenment and becoming a Buddha, as such they go beyond the layperson. My goa
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Vishwanath
This book emphasizes the value of meditation and also addresses techniques to help the beginner progress in the art of meditation. The fundamental tenet
is the need to constantly practice and lower expectations of immediate rewards.

"To develop the practice of compassion to its fullest extent, one must practice patience."

The book is an interesting read to reemphasize simple and common aspects of life we seek to inculcate yet are so hard to practice everyday.

Towards the end, the book does have som
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Clark Hallman
How To Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life by His Holiness the Dalai Lama - His Holiness gives advice and explanations about how to develop a more meaningful life and move toward enlightenment in this informative but complex book. Of course he covers compassion and holding the happiness and welfare others before oneself. He also presents some meditation advice and complicated explanations of emptiness. It’s a worthwhile read that provides some useful information about Buddhism to any interest ...more
Dan Bartholomew
The first half of the book was illuminating and offered some practical application that Is valuable regardless of religious background. The second half was a tougher read, and honestly lost me at certain points. Some of the deeper theory of the practice uses language in ways that is not always consistent with definitions I am used to (such as "emptiness"), and also digs into deeper Buddhist theory about the nature of existence...ideas that aren't consistent with my beliefs. All in all, a helpful ...more
Lisa LaMendola
Feb 26, 2010 Lisa LaMendola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For anyone looking to find a simple book on the "how to's" of every day life as a Buddhist this is the book! I wish I had found this long before I read all the other books I've been through in my search for enlightenment....
Pete
Sep 02, 2007 Pete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It expanded my view of nothingness; I can now understand emptiness as inherent without indulging in nihilism. I've also come to believe that the Dalai Lama has infinitely pinchable cheeks.
Marija
Some very solid ideas on how to put things in perspective. Loved the part about the role of enemies in your life.
Sara
Jan 01, 2013 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the first part of it, which focused on benevolent intent. The later part with "inherent nothings", "spontaneous arisings", etc - I just did't get.
Monjamckay
Jul 01, 2008 Monjamckay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is only for people who are interested in learning actual practices for meditation
Pam
Aug 08, 2014 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Works of Buddhist Psychology & of the Dalai Lama's probably helped me get through 2016. Let's hope it help me get through 2017.
Alicia
Sep 28, 2010 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
One of my favorite books, very inspiring and makes me strive to live a more compassionate life. I have read many books by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and I love them all.
Ben
Feb 01, 2017 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good, interesting, fascinating look at meditation through the Dalai Lama's mindview. This isn't so much a guide to a "meaningful life" as it is a guide to "meditation to try and create a meaningful life". (A bit of a subtle difference there.) Its obviously through the views of the Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, and reincarnation is the prime principle behind the entirety of this work. Everything is leading up to working on bettering yourself for the cyclic nature and trying to forego all of that ...more
Chris
Sep 10, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
H.H. Dalai Lama tries to cover a lot of ground in this book. It is written for a global audience, as seen in the many references throughout speaking to the relevance of various parts for non-Buddhists. The goal of the book is to primarily give practical advice to lay people (of any religion) on how to improve their lives ('practice a meaningful life') as based on Buddhist dogma, as opposed to fully explaining Buddhist dogma. Thus, the focus is more on tactical actions (practicing morality, clear ...more
Mark
Feb 12, 2013 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in Tibetan Buddhism
The Dalai Lama presents the concepts and practices of Tibetan Buddhism in a matter-of-fact manner. In fact, it is surprisingly dry. I appreciate this, because it facilitates my preferred mode of initial contact with unfamiliar perspectives. When approaching any unfamiliar worldview, I tend to slowly assemble a mental model of it from the sources I'm consuming. I gain a sense of its structures and claims — which I believe can only be appreciated in this particular dispassionate way by an outsider ...more
Brian Wilkerson
Jan 20, 2015 Brian Wilkerson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, backstory. When I was a teenager, I experimented spiritually. I was fortunate enough to go to a high school that both showed respect for all religions and also promoted Christian compassion. There was a class called "World Religions" that sampled major ones like Buddhism, Judaism and Islam. Because of that, I bought "How to Practice" when browsing a store. It was only a month or so ago that I finished reading it.

It's about the Dalai Lama lecturing about how to live a "meaningful life". I
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Keena
Feb 28, 2017 Keena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the section on non-inherent existence to be particularly helpful
Robin Friedman
Nov 28, 2016 Robin Friedman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To Practice Peace And Kindness

This book by H.H. the Dalai Lama may be read by those wishing an introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and by those wishing to begin or develop their practice.

The Dalai Lama attempts to answer the basic question: "How can people be happy?" His answer outlines a path of spiritual growth and practice. Although based upon Tibetan Buddhism, there is wisdom in the book for anybody seeking spiritual growth, within or without any specific religious practice.

The book consists of
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David
Dec 20, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was, as you would expect from the Dalai Lama, an insightful book. It is a guide to enlightenment. As you would also expect, that path is by no means an easy one.

I think it is a bit too hard going for the layman such as me. There are concepts within the book that have left me a little confused. I know I need to look up more on the Middle Way and the philosophical concept of the emptiness. His Holiness (HH) writes:

The understanding of emptiness is fantastic, is it not? [mmm, not sure I got
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Having finished this book over 3 months ago and not having the book with me, it's hard to go into detail about why I gave this book 3 stars. I can say that 3 stars doesn't mean it's a bad book by any stretch; I "liked it," after all.

I think my primary issue with the book is that its was not always clear about the intended audience. On the one hand it seems oriented toward the reader with a more general understanding of Buddhism, sometimes detailing certain precepts and practices, while on the ot
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Donna
Feb 14, 2017 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great introduction to the practice of Buddhism. There is much of value for Buddhists and non Buddhists alike. I found that I am not feeling destined to the full Buddhist path but will incorporate the moral principles and meditation into my life. The last chapter is especially helpful for the person who would like to do this. The Dalai Lama does not insist the Buddhist path is for everyone and encourages you on your own path. Whether it is Buddhism or not, this book has much value ...more
Amy Moritz
Since the election, Scott and I have talked a lot about how to become better people. That sounds really haughty. Really, we're not haughty people. We just want to do the best we can with what we have where we are. Scott had started reading up on Buddhism, including this book from the Dalai Lama. So I borrowed it from him, looking for new ways to find peace and compassion in a world that is set up against both.

In the introduction, the Dali Lama writes, "My spiritual practice gave me an outlook th
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Paulette Jaxton
Sep 02, 2010 Paulette Jaxton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epub
I wouldn't quite call "How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life" by the Dalai Lama a primer on Buddhism, because I feel that someone with no foreknowledge of Buddhist philosophy and practice might quickly get lost amidst the vast amount of information contained in this little volume. However, if you understand the basics, His Holiness presents the details of how to practice, in the Tibetan way, in a very clear and concise presentation. I found myself coming to several new and exciting revel ...more
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