From Here to Enlightenment: Teachings on the Spiritual Path

From Here to Enlightenment Teachings on the Spiritual Path When the Dalai Lama was forced to go into exile in he could take only a few items with him Among these cherished belongings was his copy of Tsong kha pa s classic text The Great Treatise on the

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  • Title: From Here to Enlightenment: Teachings on the Spiritual Path
  • Author: Dalai Lama XIV
  • ISBN: 9781559393829
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When the Dalai Lama was forced to go into exile in 1959, he could take only a few items with him Among these cherished belongings was his copy of Tsong kha pa s classic text The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment This text distills all of the essential points of Tibetan Buddhism, clearly unfolding the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment In 200When the Dalai Lama was forced to go into exile in 1959, he could take only a few items with him Among these cherished belongings was his copy of Tsong kha pa s classic text The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment This text distills all of the essential points of Tibetan Buddhism, clearly unfolding the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment In 2008, celebrating the long awaited completion of the English language translation of The Great Treatise, the Dalai Lama gave a historic six day teaching at Lehigh University to explain the meaning of this classic text and to underscore its importance It is the longest teaching that he has ever given to Westerners on just one text, and Westerners have never before had the opportunity to receive such a complete teaching that encompasses the totality of the Buddhist path from the Dalai Lama From Here to Enlightenment makes the teachings from this momentous event available for a wider audience.

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    1. We can best walk the “Middle Way” (or “Middle Path”) of the Buddhist tradition in the form of a continual meditation on emptiness – coming to understand that things exist, but not in the way we think they do. They exit, but only arise through dependence on each other, having no inherent existence of their own.This is a fine distinction, and parts of this book are devoted to discussing how various schools of thought in the Chinese, Indian, and Tibetan lineage (as well as those of other [...]

    2. This is a good book in that it deals with some of the harder subjects of Buddhism. Actually the Great Treatise of the Stages to the Path of Enlightment by Tsong-kha-pa’s 18 volume set deals with the hardest aspects of Buddhism. In this book, the Dalai Lama deals with some of the hardest subjects from the 18 volumes. He has been studying this work since he was introduced to it at 16. I wish I could say that he made the concepts so simple that I got each of them, but that was not the case. Most [...]

    3. This book is based on a series of talks that HH Dali Lama gave on a Buddhist text that essentially sums up the philosophy and practice of Buddhism. It is written in the clear style of the Dali Lama with a very good translator. There are a multitude of notes to help the reader who probably is not familiar with the text he is commenting on. I recommend this book for readers with some knowledge of Buddhism.

    4. Very dense read, and not for people looking for an introduction to Buddhism. However, lots of good info. I had to consistently read elsewhere to even understand some of the nomenclature and basic concepts that are assumed to be known.

    5. Event though this amounts to a book review by the Dalai Lama, I really liked this book. Mr. Lama breaks down Tson-Kha-Pa's book on the stages to enlightenment for a Western audience. With chapters as "Four Noble Truths", "How to Practice", "Serenity", and "The Purpose of Emptiness" it really gets into what makes Buddhism, well, Buddhism. A lot of the Dalai Lama's books feature bite sized chunks of Buddhism in hopes of helping even non-Buddhists. This book says such things like, due to the nature [...]

    6. I like the Dalai Lama's attitudes about life, and this was an interesting read. However, it's also a translation of an explanation of a book that is itself an explication of even more arcane books, so it's tough reading. It also goes deep into "angels on the head of a pin" territory, stressing complicated analysis of the tiniest shadings of the Buddha's meaning. I find the more prosaic aspects of Buddhism to be useful. I strive to see the connections between things, to let go of my anger and exc [...]

    7. This is one of the best things I've ever consumed. It's an audio book. If you enjoy the Dalai Lama, but want to hear him talking to Buddhists rather than a secular or pluralistic western audience, you will probably enjoy this. The text that he discusses here is the one that he has based his entire life's practice on. He started it when he was 16. He was 73 when he did this and cannot claim to have mastered it. I will need to listen to it many times to even fully get this introduction. It delves [...]

    8. I think that this book is nothing more than an attempt to make money using the figure, fame and respect from this holy man. He travels the world giving good common sense advice and then some wise men tape his speeches and turn them into books to make them commercial success. I guess there is nothing wrong with that, and I guess His Highness has no problem with that either, but I think that the one book I read from him (Ethics for the New Millennium) is more than enough to grasp a little of his p [...]

    9. I liked this book, most of all the questions and the answer of Dalai Lama, but I think my way to the enlightenment is still very long and complicated.Mi è piaciuto questo libro, soprattutto le domande e le risposte date dal Dalai Lama, comunque resta il fatto che la mia strada verso "l'illuminazione" è ancora molto lunga e complicataANKS TO NETGALLEY AND SHAMBALA PUBLICATIONS FOR THE PREVIEW!

    10. Very intellectual book on the path to enlightenment. Has a lot of technical terminology and references that are better understood by a more learned Buddhist practitioner. I was a simple beginner interested in the basics and origins of Buddhism when i read this book and unlike others that I read around the same time period this one was not as clear and concise. I still enjoyed reading it and learning some history on Buddhism and the Dalai Lama XIV.

    11. Man sollte mindestens eine Idee grundsätzlicher buddhistischer (Mahayana) Konzepte haben. Das Buch verschafft einen guten Überblick, hilft auch beim Verständnis der "Leerheit", könnte aber detaillierter sein. (Es ist die Mitschrift eines Vortrages.) Schwerpunkte werden auf "Leerheit" und "Erleuchtungsgeist" gelegt.

    12. This is a good book for better understanding the overall goals of Tibetan Buddhism. It is rather complex and multi-leveled. There is much general wisdom to be gained as well as much speculation. Yet it certainly does open a window of understanding into the concepts and belief of this particular philosophy and belief system.

    13. I read this book today at the Johnson Library, Hackensack, NJ. It is a nice book. H.H.Dalai Lama gives a beautiful explanation for each of the themes he takes for discussion from out of the Treatise. The translation is immensely precise and elegant.

    14. I love how The Dalai Lama explains things. Here he explains some key points of The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. This will be a great book to return to on a regular basis my understanding hopefully grows.

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