In April , His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu met in Dharamsala for a conversation about joy. The Book of Joy chronicles that. His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born in to a peasant family in The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World Sep 20, . Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama Sep 1, Discover the best Dalai Lama in Best Sellers. Find the top The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World (Random House Large Print. The Book of.
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If you are weary of the war on terror, reading the life of Gandhi will restore your faith in mankind. His fight against apartheid was non-violent for many years.
They did eventually resort to bombing empty buildings - but never people. If you haven't read this astoundingly inspiring autobiography - where have you been?
Freedom in Exile by the Dalai Lama The first autobiography of the Dalai Lama, written when he was a young man who had recently been driven into exile.
Full of passion and, rather ironically as it turned out, hope.
What I love about this book is the way it weaves the recent history of Tibet since about with the Dalai Lama's personal story so I learned about Tibetan history but was gripped by the personal details.
Like Mandela - an inspiring life. It's amazing how many people read 'little books of Buddhist sayings' that have the Dalai Lama's name on the cover and yet have no idea of the story of his life.
I found Mr Cutler rather rambling but we all need to be reminded by His Holiness that peace has to be inside us before we can help anyone or anything. Happiness, personal responsibility, peace, empathy, compassion - wouldn't it be good if these were on the curriculum in our schools as they are in the Tibetan monasteries? The Dragon in the Land of Snows: The History of Modern Tibet since by Tsering Shakya If you've ever wondered why the world stood by and let the Chinese communist party walk into Tibet and destroy this ancient and unique culture - read and be horrified.
Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.
They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our time and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy.
This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecendented week together, from the first embrace to the final good-bye.
We get to listen as they explore the Nature of True Joy and confront each of the Obstacles of Joy—from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. They then offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness. Throughout, they include stories, wisdom, and science. Although aggression can occur, overall our fundamental nature is gentleness. The Dalai Lama believes that because of the advancement in human intelligence we are believed to be capable of controlling our aggression versus our kindness; however, if the intellect level were to decrease then the result would be destructive.
So, overall, the Dalai Lama believes that although it is possible to go down the path of aggression there is always the natural ability to be compassionate again. This gives our life meaning, which leads to overall happiness.
That positive atmosphere can be found through closeness and compassion. Part II. Human Warmth and Compassion[ edit ] Chapter 5: A New Model for Intimacy[ edit ] Compassion and intimacy are two of the strongest emotions a person can achieve.
It is impossible to find these emotions solely within ourselves. We are constantly trying to search for another to be compassionate about, or intimate with.
One needs to approach others with a positive attitude, to create an open and friendly atmosphere. Being openly friendly with others, allows one to be compassionate.
Intimacy is the central core of our existence. It creates openness with others, which is necessary for a happy lifestyle. Intimacy is also physical closeness. One can express himself too much also.
Once a person has opened oneself completely to everyone, the special intimacy is lost, and it is hard to satisfy the need of connection with one special person. By opening oneself to the world around us, it creates the opportunity to form special bonds with someone new, or build upon a relationship one may already have.
Cutler also asks The Dalai Lama a question about connections and relationships between people: "What would you say is the most effective method or technique of connecting with others in a meaningful way and of reducing conflicts with others?
He thinks that it is very important and extremely helpful to be able to try to put ourselves in the other person's place and see how would we react to the situation.
For instance when he was in an argument with someone and his reaction was inappropriate without trying to understand and appreciate what the other person might think — no empathy. The Dalai Lama does not just refer to caring for each other; he also finds relationships very important and differentiates them in two ways. The second way is based on true human feelings spiritual.
The Dalai Lama also informs about sexual relationships. You can have a sexual relationship with no respect for each other.
Usually it is just temporary satisfaction. Or sexual relationships bonded with a person who we think is kind, nice and gentle. He does not believe in true love — in falling in love. His opinion on this subject is very negative; he describes idealized romantic love as a fantasy and that it is unattainable — just simply not worth it. These are the most important and most discussed topics in Chapter 6.
We find out how empathy is needed in human relationships. That understanding and trying to appreciate the other person's emotional background is priceless.
Also that relationships are either materially or spiritually based. On the other hand, the Dalai Lama does not believe in love and describes it as a fantasy or imagination, although he thinks that true relationships are based on true human feelings.
All these new information are related to Chapter 7's main topic which is basically about the value and benefits of compassion.
Chapter 7: The Value and Benefits of Compassion[ edit ] This chapter is composed of defining compassion and the value of human life. This feeling of compassion is broken down into two types. First is compassion associated with attachment. Using this type of compassion alone is biased and unstable, which causes certain emotional attachments that are not necessarily good. Accepting another's suffering brings that person a sense of connectedness and gives us a willingness to reach out for others.
Associating oneself with this type of fundamental rights generates love and compassion. Using genuine compassion creates a special connection that you cannot achieve with associating compassion with attachments. People reflect off their own experiences and this contributes to their knowledge of compassion. If people feel there is no need to develop compassion then it's because they are being blocked by "ignorance and shortsightedness" This can be caused by not seeing the physical and emotional benefits of having a compassionate mindset.