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In Becoming Enlightened, His Holiness the Dalai Lama powerfully explores the foundation of Buddhism, laying out an accessible and practical approach to age-old questions: How can we live free from suffering? How can we achieve lasting happiness and peace...more
Dalai Lama says that all religions are valid and each is suited well for a different group of people. It says Buddhists should never go around trying to convert others. Buddhism is not better than other religions. Each religion is a path, each o ...more
Of course it isn't that easy. The Dalai Lama describes three stages or levels of practice in detail, and in the course of 200 pages covers most of the major tenets and history of the Buddhism. He repeats key points and phrases so that the text at times reads like Buddhist scripture, but they are points that bear repeating and re-reading and deep thought.
He mentions toward the beginning ...more
The language is very clear and the content is very structured, perfect for an analytical brain like mine (not that it's the best approach).
Caution warranted: Reading the book doesn't make you enlightened :)
Because of this book I now know about hungry ghosts, gods and demi-gods, HELL-beings??? and lama's. And here I was thinking that Buddhists are intellectual philosopher's that aren't really religious. (just kidding!) And yet they claim LOVE has priority. Says WHO?
I picked this book up because of the retarded comment on the back:
"It is very important to value all religious systems...since all religions share these goals, it is important to resp ...more
The Dalai Lama put together something excellent in Becoming Enlightened, a treasury of wisdom both ancient and set to the tune of modern science. Eschewing deeper philosophy for practical basics, one of the contemporary era's most respected religious leaders explains how anyone who wants it can taste a dash of Tibetan Buddhism's peace and compassion for humankind.
"Once when I visited Canada, several Christian demonstr ...more
Instead of taking a lot of the non-religous-specific advice to heart, I found myself thinking more often than not, "Yep, this is why I'm not officially a Buddhist." (Hint: it's not because I don't like wearin ...more
Being selfless is also a recurrent theme in the book, which even t ...more
3 main physical nonvirtues: killing, stealing, sexual misconduct
4 main verbal nonvirtues: lying, divisive talk, harsh speech, senseless chatter
3 main mental nonvirtues: covetousness, harmful intent, wrong views
This alone makes the book worth reading.
I also wish that the Dalai Lama would follow the teachings in his book more, because in the book he states that "A beautiful internal attitude is more important than external beauty" but yet he has said that if there is a female Dalai Lama she would have to be attractive because otherwise it's "not much use" and n ...more
For those who are committed to another religion (or none, at all) and are simply looking for advice to follow on their spiritual path, I would highly recommend another of the Dali Lama’s b ...more
Who the hell can LOVE their enemies who have hurt you and be grateful for them teaching them about life and wish them only wonderful things? Some of the morals are just bizarre for modern day living.
I don't think I will be converting from atheism any time soon!
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Tenzin Gyatso was the fifth of sixteen children born to a farming family. He was proclaimed the ...more