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The compassionate life
Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935-
Publication Information:
Boston : Wisdom Publications, [2001]

Physical Description:
viii, 110 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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BQ4360 .B75 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
BQ4360 .B75 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Four powerful, compelling teachings on compassion by the Dalai Lama are presented here, with advice on how to incorporate this important quality in daily life.

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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Publisher's Weekly Review

While similar in content and approach to another fall title by the Dalai Lama (Little, Brown's An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life), some things clearly bear repeating. His Holiness begins the book quite generally, reflecting on human interdependence and the need for "compassion without attachment" (i.e., compassion that is genuinely altruistic and not generated by one's own desires). He expounds upon the need for compassion on an individual level, as people learn to control anger and self-centeredness and think of others, and also on a global one, as nations recognize their mutual reliance and need for conflict resolution. He calls for compassion in addressing religious pluralism, noting that a brave new world of interdependence will rely upon compassion as "the universal religion" that undergirds all faiths. From such generalities the Dalai Lama moves toward the specifics of Buddhism, a religion that he notes is grounded in compassion. He offers a brief chapter on the basics of Buddhist beliefs and practices, then another on "The Bodhisattva Way," quoting extensively from the eighth-century Indian master Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life to explain how Buddhism places a high premium on the happiness of others. The book is simple but not simplistic; His Holiness clearly understands the difficulties of practicing the truths he espouses, occasionally criticizing himself as "lazy" or easily irritated. Readers will enjoy this gentle, lucid call to the compassionate life. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved