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Download An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,414 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: His Holiness the Dalai Lama Narrator: Nicholas Vreeland, with an afterword by Richard Gere Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. An Open Heart lays out this course of meditation, from the simplest to the most challenging, describing the mental training techniques that will enable anyone of any faith to change their minds and open their hearts.

It is my hope that the listener of this audiobook will take away a basic understanding of Buddhism and some of the key methods by which Buddhist practitioners have cultivated compassion and wisdom in their lives. The methods discussed have been taken from three sacred texts of Buddhism. I would like to stress at the outset, however, that one doesn't have to be a Buddhist to make use of these meditation techniques. Meditation is merely the process whereby we gain control over the mind and guide it in a more virtuous direction. Meditation may also be thought of as a technique by which we diminish the force of old thought habits and develop new ones. Yet the techniques themselves do not lead to enlightenment or a compassionate and open heart. That is up to you, and the effort and motivation you bring to your spiritual practice. - The Dalai Lama Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve | 2/20/2014

    " A book simply explaining Buddhist beliefs, concepts and methods to achieve understanding and practice in daily life. One does not need to be intent on converting to Buddhism to benefit from the book. The concepts alone are beneficial and prompt one to grow. Even considering the purpose of the exercises and practices is insightful into our own lives, such as the descriptions on mediation and realizing that we all engage in some form of mediation daily even if it is unstructured and seemingly without purpose. It forms our minds, behaviors and interactions with others. Also, it provides an insight into the distractions that we continually face and the discipline it takes to silence them in order to have more meaningful thoughts, learning and interactions with others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tyne | 1/20/2014

    " This book is a condensed version of the Dalai Lama's teachings during his visit to New York City in 1999. The focus is on cultivating compassion through mindfulness meditation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen Christensen | 1/19/2014

    " I think you need to be a more advanced student of Buddhism to appreciate this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Justin | 1/18/2014

    " This book is one of my favorite what I like to call "perspective" books; meaning it gives you another facet for viewing life through. This book honestly made an impact on the way that I interact with people and how I view the things that happen in my life. I would say that if you're another person like me who is curious about how other people see the world in their heads then give this book a read. "

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