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How to Be Compassionate: A Handbook for Creating Inner Peace and a Happier Worldby Dalai Lama
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Each one of us is responsible for all of humankind, and for the environment in which we live. . . . We must seek to lessen the suffering of others. Rather than working solely to acquire wealth, we need to do something meaningful, something seriously directed toward the welfare of humanity as a whole. To do this, you need to recognize that the whole world is part of you. —from How to Be Compassionate
The surest path to true happiness lies in being intimately concerned with the welfare of others. Or, as His Holiness the Dalai Lama would say, in compassion.
In How to Be Compassionate, His Holiness reveals basic mistakes of attitude that lead us to inner turmoil, and how we can correct them to achieve a better tomorrow. He demonstrates precisely how opening our hearts and minds to other people is the best way to overcome the misguided ideas that are at the root of all our problems. He shows us how compassion can be a continuous wellspring of happiness in our own lives and how our newfound happiness can extend outward from us in ever wider and wider circles.
As we become more compassionate human beings, our friends, family, neighbors, loved ones—and even our enemies—will find themselves less frequently in the thrall of destructive emotions like anger, jealousy, and fear, prompting them to become more warmhearted, kind, and harmonious forces within their own circles. With simple language and startling clarity, His Holiness makes evident as never before that the path to global harmony begins in the hearts of individual women and men. Enlivened by personal anecdotes and intimate accounts of the Dalai Lama’s experiences as a student, thinker, political leader, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, How to Be Compassionate gives seekers of all faiths the keys to overcoming anger, hatred, and selfishness— the primary obstacles to happiness—and to becoming agents of positive transformation in our communities and the world at large.
Through practical exercises and personal anecdotes, the Dalai Lama shows how individuals who practice compassion can spark positive global change.
H ow to Be Compassionate is a book about making small personal changes in order to create a ripple effect across the world. Through a series of simple steps, His Holiness the Dalai Lama shows how feeling compassion for those we love, as well as our enemies, is a certain route to independence. When humans become angry, freedom of will and freedom to love are lost. Hatred and fighting cannot bring happiness to anyone, even to those who win. We can only solve our problems through truly peaceful means—not just peaceful words, but actions based on a peaceful mind and heart. Each one of us is responsible for all of humankind, and for the environment in which we live.
In addition to explaining the importance of essential meditative steps, How to Be Compassionate comes alive through personal anecdotes and intimate accounts of the Dalai Lama’s experiences as a life long student, a mediator, a political leader, and an international figure working with other Nobel Peace Laureates to address crises around the world. With practical guidance, compelling insight, and personal anecdotes from the world’s beloved spiritual leader, this book is a must-have for seekers of all faiths.
About the Author
His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born in 1935 to a peasant family in northeastern Tibet and was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. The world's foremost Buddhist leader, he travels extensively, speaking eloquently in favor of ecumenical understanding, kindness and compassion, respect for the environment, and, above all, world peace. Jeffrey Hopkins, Ph.D., served for a decade as the interpreter for the Dalai Lama. A Buddhist scholar and the author of more than thirty-five books and translations, he is emeritus professor of Tibetan and Buddhist studies at the University of Virginia, where he founded the largest academic program of Tibetan Buddhist studies in the West.Jeffrey Hopkins, Ph.D., served for a decade as the interpreter for the Dalai Lama. A Buddhist scholar and the author of more than thirty-five books and translations, he is emeritus professor of Tibetan and Buddhist studies at the University of Virginia, where he founded the largest academic program of Tibetan Buddhist studies in the West.
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