Sunday, August 03, 2008

The Essential Dalai Lama: His Important Teachings edited by Rajiv Mehrota

The writings of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, form an important part of my philosophy collection. His simple, smooth style relaxes the mind while challenging the intellect. Samples from all his works are here, and I highly recommend this as an introduction to his philosophy.

At one time, there were several individuals I loathed with a seething passion for what they had done to me, to my loved ones, or to my friends. Reading his book, The Art of Happiness, showed me the folly of the energy wasted on hatred. For that simple lesson alone, I owe him a debt of gratitude. Now, I hardly think of those individuals at all. In fact, as I sit here typing this, I doubt I could name all six of them.

Anyone can read this most accessible explanation of Buddhist perspective. There is no need to convert; in fact, Buddhists discourage conversion, believing, rightly so, that Buddhist principles can fit into any philosophy of life, religion, or world-view without disturbing anything in the process. This volume contains perspectives on the teachings of Jesus. 5 stars

--Chiron, 8/3/08

1 comment:

veracity said...

Great read indeed, and so are all his other books. Recommend him as an author per se to all interested in furthering their understanding of the workings and meaning of life, if I may employ such a mundane phrase.

http://one-just-world.blogspot.com/2008/07/letter-to-hu-jintao.html

Great blog by the way.