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How To Practise: The Way to a Meaningful Life

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  6,759 Ratings  ·  277 Reviews
How To Practise is a major inspirational work, by one of the world's greatest spiritual teachers. It is broken down into the basic steps to enlightenment: how to practise morality, how to practise meditation, and how to practise wisdom - at the same time, delving deeper into His Holiness' more general Buddhist teachings, his spirit, wisdom and sense of humour. The book, me ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 7th 2008 by Rider (first published 2002)
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Bookdragon Sean
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
“I accept everyone as a friend. In truth, we already know one another, profoundly, as human beings who share the same basic goals: We all seek happiness and do not want suffering.”

The Dalai Lama is incredibly quotable and there are so many fantastic examples of his simple wisdom in here. Well, I say simple but it can’t be that simple if people still fail to follow it after all these years. Despite living in an age of globalisation, we are still tragically divided. Senseless wars plague our his
Mar 19, 2008 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.
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
Dec 19, 2008 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.
Jun 03, 2012 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
Jan 13, 2012 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
Dec 01, 2009 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. :-)
May 05, 2010 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."


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
Aug 20, 2011 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
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
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
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 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....
Sep 02, 2007 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.
Some very solid ideas on how to put things in perspective. Loved the part about the role of enemies in your life.
Jan 01, 2013 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.
Jul 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is only for people who are interested in learning actual practices for meditation
Aug 08, 2014 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.
Sep 28, 2010 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.
Maritza Buendia
This was an interesting read. The book contains good advice to have a meaningful life and it is also a guide for those searching for purpose or are intrigued about Buddhism. The Dalai Lama, the well-known, beloved and respected spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, tries to explain with simplicity the concepts and practices of a doctrine that has inspired many. However, I didn’t find it particularly easy to follow.

It mostly defines the three main aspects to practice Buddhism: Morality, Concen
Alexis Bauer Kolak
It has been a long conference season this year, and I was much in need of something to help me refocus and find some tranquility, so the writings of His Holiness seemed like a logical choice. While I haven't started practicing any of the teachings from this book (yet), it did help me stay focused and relatively calm through some stressful situations, primarily because I had to concentrate on what I was reading. I found that, as with a lot of religious and philosophical writing, what seems at fir ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
I really wanted to like this book, the concept was really sturdy and seemed very practical.

However when I started to read, I found that a lot of concepts were not explained thoroughly and that some concepts seemed to run in circles, with no clear definition or direction. Maybe if somebody knows a lot about Buddhism then they would find this easier to read but I feel as if the first half was decent, though not overly detailed and later on in the book we were given a lot of little pieces but not
Audrey Greathouse
This was a decent read, but I think it went too deep into the faith, beliefs, and miraculous elements of Buddhism for the average westerner, while still offering little practical insight I had not already gleaned from other Buddhists and their texts. On the whole, this book only reaffirmed that I am interested more in Zen Buddhism than Vajrayana or general Mahayana Buddhism. However, insight into the Dalai Lama's mind is a wonderful gift, and I enjoyed seeing first-hand through his words the fan ...more
Feb 01, 2017 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
Chace Shaw
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life, the Dalai Lama blends Buddhist doctrine with practical meditation and lifestyle advice for practitioners. For me, the value of this book lies in the many guided meditation practices that it outlines, and I think it is worth owning so that you can refer to the step-by-step instructions of each type of meditation. While the book's practical advice is very clear and its explanation of Buddhist doctrine is accessible, I would recommend that a reader ...more
Priya Singh
Aug 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I cant believe this book has a 4-star rating! I am not sure if its the careless writing, unorganised chapters or something else but this one was not for me. If I ever decide to get a degree in literature, this would be my book for thesis. There are not just wild assumptions combined with preposterous conclusions but also how they have been compiled. Its a shame this one has become the poster book for Buddhism.
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not usually someone that likes to read spiritual books, but I figure that I would give this a try. Written by the Dalai Lama himself, it is words of wisdom at their finest. Such a peaceful and serene mindset that he tries to bring the reader into. It may be a little
boring at times, however some of the advice is well worth the slowness and sometimes the repetition in the book and it's ideas. It was definitely something different for me, and it's worth a try!
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is worth five stars. This book was four stars for me because of where I am as a student of this field. This is a dense book, and will require several more readings to even gather a relatively novice understanding of the subject matter.

It is a magnificent book, and I'm grateful for the time I spent reading it.
Kate Spencer
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great book, but I think I needed more info of Buddhist beliefs prior to reading this, as there were a few chapters that were a bit beyond my thinking.

Lots of great ideals to put into place, for leading a good life.
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