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The path to tranquility : daily wisdom : His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935-
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Viking/Arkana, 1999.

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xiv, 413 pages ; 19 cm
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Includes index.
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The words of wisdom, compassion, brotherhood, and love found in these pages spring from one of the world's greatest spiritual teachers -- the Dalai Lama. This one-per-day collection attempts to provide exactly what readers are looking for -- a fresh, accessible introduction to the Dalai Lama's inspirational wisdom. He speaks in each daily reflection with an endearing informality and practicality about almost every aspect of human life -- from the secular to the religious. He offers his thoughts on the subjects of happiness, loneliness, enlightenment, suffering and anger. How do we deal with painful memories? How can we use meditation to stimulate our minds? Why is it important to express your own mental conflicts? Warm and affection, this is a book that will inspire all readers.

Author Notes

The exiled 14th Dalai Lama was born on July 6, 1935 to a peasant family living in a former Tibetan village. He was recognized as the reincarnation of the previous spiritual leader of his nation at the age of two and enthroned on February 22, 1940. In 1959 he and 100,000 followers fled the country following a failed revolt against the Communist Chinese forces that had occupied Tibet for almost a decade.

Since that time, the Dalai Lama has met with numerous world leaders and U. N. officials in a tireless effort to free his country and preserve the traditional Tibetan way of life. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and has been awarded honorary citizenships by many international cities and countries, as well as multiple honorary degrees and human rights awards. In 2007 the Dalai Lama received the United States Congressional Gold Medal. He has written many books and lectures around the world. His book, My Spiritual Journey, made the iBooks bestseller list in 2016. He is the author of the best seller, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, with the Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams.

(Bowker Author Biography) The Dalai Lama, spiritual & political leader of the Tibetan people & a Nobel Peace Laureate, has in the last decade become a global spiritual leader whose message of universal & individual responsibility has won worldwide acclaim.

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Chapter One January JANUARY 1 I love friends, I want more friends. I love smiles. That is a fact. How to develop smiles? There are a variety of smiles. Some smiles are sarcastic. Some smiles are artificial--diplomatic smiles. These smiles do not produce satisfaction, but rather fear or suspicion. But a genuine smile gives us hope, freshness.     If we want a genuine smile, then first we must produce the basis for a smile to come. JANUARY 2 I f you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then also there is no need to worry. JANUARY 3 T o be aware of a single shortcoming within oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in somebody else. Rather than speaking badly about people and in ways that will produce friction and unrest in their lives, we should practice a purer perception of them, and when we speak of others, speak of their good qualities.     If you find yourself slandering anybody, first imagine that your mouth is filled with excrement. It will break you of the habit quickly enough. JANUARY 4 I f you are mindful of death, it will not come as a surprise--you will not be anxious. You will feel that death is merely like changing your clothes. Consequently, at that point you will be able to maintain your calmness of mind. JANUARY 5 T o foster inner awareness, introspection, and reasoning is more efficient than meditation and prayer. JANUARY 6 R ight from the moment of our birth, we are under the care and kindness of our parents and then later on in our life when we are oppressed by sickness and become old, we are again dependent on the kindness of others.     Since at the beginning and end of our lives we are so dependent on others' kindness, how can it be that in the middle we neglect kindness toward others? JANUARY 7 S cientific research and development should work together with meditative research and development since both are concerned with similar objects. The one proceeds through experiment by instruments and the other through inner experience and meditation.     A clear distinction should be made between what is not found by science and what is found to be nonexistent by science. What science finds to be nonexistent, we must accept as nonexistent; but what science merely does not find is a completely different matter.... It is quite clear that there are many, many mysterious things. JANUARY 8 A ll of the different religious faiths, despite their philosophical differences, have a similar objective. Every religion emphasizes human improvement, love, respect for others, sharing other people's suffering. On these lines every religion has more or less the same viewpoint and the same goal. JANUARY 9 P hysically you are a human being, but mentally you are incomplete. Given that we have this physical human form, we must safeguard our mental capacity for judgment. For that, we cannot take out insurance; the insurance company is within: self-discipline, self-awareness, and a clear realization of the disadvantages of anger and the positive effects of kindness. JANUARY 10 I n the case of one individual or person like myself, the practice of compassion and religion coincides. But another individual, without religion, can practice spirituality without being religious. So, a secular person can be spiritual.     Compassion is compulsory for everyone to practice, and if I were a dictator I would dictate to everyone to do so. JANUARY 11 I think religion, ideology, economy, and political systems are all man's creation. Since they are man's creation, they must relate with human feeling and the human spirit. If they are practiced with human feeling, they fulfill some basic human aspirations. The various religions and ideologies are meant for humanity and not the opposite. JANUARY 12 M aterial progress alone is not sufficient to achieve an ideal society. Even in countries where great external progress has been made, mental problems have increased. No amount of legislation or coercion can accomplish the well-being of society, for this depends upon the internal attitude of the people who comprise it. Therefore, mental development, in harmony with material development, is very important. JANUARY 13 T he human level of mental development is not complete. Even in the ordinary sense, within our inner state there are still many things to explore. This has nothing to do with religious ideology; this is spiritual. Some part of the brain's capability may be fully utilized only through deep meditation. But in the meantime, things can be explored in the ordinary way. So from that viewpoint, the human being is unfinished. JANUARY 14 S ometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent. JANUARY 15 A ll living beings, starting from insects, want happiness and not suffering. However, we are only one, whereas others are infinite in number. Thus, it can be clearly decided that others gaining happiness is more important than just yourself alone. JANUARY 16 I f during the dreaming state you direct your awareness and your concentration to the throat, this will make your dreams clearer. Whereas, if you direct your awareness to the heart, then it will make your sleep deeper. So here is a subjective sleeping pill. JANUARY 17 I t would be much more constructive if people tried to understand their supposed enemies. Learning to forgive is much more useful than merely picking up a stone and throwing it at the object of one's anger, the more so when the provocation is extreme. For it is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others. JANUARY 18 T o develop patience, you need someone who willfully hurts you. Such people give us real opportunities to practice tolerance. They test our inner strength in a way that even our guru cannot. Basically, patience protects us from being discouraged. JANUARY 19 W hether in remote places or densely populated cities, we work and struggle for the same fundamental purpose. While doing so, we fail to realize that it is important to follow the correct method in achieving our goal--for the method is all important. Copyright © 1998 His Holiness The Dalai Lama. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Forewordp. ix
Editor's Notep. xi
Januaryp. 1
Februaryp. 35
Marchp. 67
Aprilp. 101
Mayp. 133
Junep. 167
Julyp. 199
Augustp. 233
Septemberp. 267
Octoberp. 299
Novemberp. 333
Decemberp. 365
Indexp. 399