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An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life (original 2001; edition 2001)

by Dalai Lama, Khyongla Rato (Afterword), Richard Gere (Afterword), Nicholas Vreeland (Editor)

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Title:An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life
Authors:Dalai Lama
Other authors:Khyongla Rato (Afterword), Richard Gere (Afterword), Nicholas Vreeland (Editor)
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2001), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 208 pages
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An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life by Dalai Lama XIV (2001)



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This overview of Buddhism and its terminology is very easy to read but not to comprehend. The book did help me understand some of the concepts behind Buddhism and the idea that we can change ourselves and our outlook through altering our thought processes. ( )
  wandaly | Jun 30, 2016 |
I thought the introductory chapter was thought-provoking ... it made me want to keep reading. But by the third page of the "text" I was bored and disinterested. Maybe I'm too much of an "A" personality to want so much peace and serenity. (The woman who recommended it to book club didn't show up for the discussion.) ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 8, 2016 |
About the author: quoting from the dust jacket of the book, "Recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of the thirteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso was brought to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and enthroned two years later as the fourteenth Dalai Lama. In 1959, following the Chinese suppression of the Tibetan national uprising, he was forced to seek asylum in India. As Tibet's leader-in-exile, he has worked tirelessly not only on behalf of the Tibetan people but as a voice for human rights worldwide. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, His Holiness is today universally acknowledged as one of the world's preeminent spiritual leaders."

About the book: quoting from the dust jacket: "When His Holiness the Dalai Lama came to New York City in 1999, he spoke simply and powerfully on the everyday Buddhist practice of compassion. Weaving together the contents of three sacred texts. . .His Holiness showed that the path to compassion is a series of meditations. An Open Heart lays out this course of meditation, from the simplest to the most challenging, describing the training techniques that will enable anyone of any faith to change their minds and open their hearts."
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  uufnn | Dec 21, 2015 |
A great book... Thought Provoking.. Read The Art of Happiness before you read this book. ( )
  LASMIT | Apr 27, 2008 |
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verschillende meditaties.
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De weg daartoe begint in Open je hart met heldere beschouwingen over de voordelen van een deugdzaam leven, en vervolgt met oefeningen die destructieve en impulsieve emoties kunnen temperen. Hierdoor kan een doelloze en rusteloze /.iel veranderen in een gedisciplineerde en open geest.
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In the summer of 1999, the Dalai Lama addressed an audience of over 40,000 in Central Park on how to live a better life. Open Heart is derived from this and other popular lectures given in New York. Here, the Dalai Lama progresses beyond his bestsellers The Art of Happiness and Ethics for the New Millennium by introducing specific practices that can engender happiness. Spiritual practice, according to the Dalai Lama, is a matter of taming unwanted emotions, which means becoming aware of how the mind works. Through the methods of analytical and settled meditation, the Dalai Lama shows how we can cultivate helpful states of mind and eliminate harmful states, leading us to develop compassion for others and happiness for ourselves. But there is no preaching of a single, right method. This revered but humble monk merely invites the reader to understand the causes of one's suffering and consider how best to alleviate it. Open Heart should draw crowds to the bookstores and lead us all to more satisfactory living. --Brian Bruya

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Provides a basic understanding of Buddhism including some of the key methods which Buddhist practitioners use to cultivate compassion and wisdom in their lives.

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