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

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4.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 5 4.15 (26 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: September 2001 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 1/18/2014

    " a jewel of a book: succinct and gently written. encouraging. a light hand in the flow of the thoughts. yet only the first part of the book is truly accessible to the novice or the intermediate student of this meditation style. the second half is serious business yet worth reading and very nicely presented. recommended with awareness of not "overdoing" it, meaning take in the hard section (it's presentation allows for that) but not push for more than you can handle at any given moment. take under advisement and then continue practicing where you are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucas | 1/17/2014

    " Eh. It was a good read. Mostly information I already knew. Reaffirmed my belief in meditation. Nothing mind blowing or new, but definitely serves as a good reminder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya | 1/17/2014

    " still reading but enlightening "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leeann Fisher | 1/13/2014

    " This book is awesome, I keep referring back to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Langley | 1/3/2014

    " Just another one by my favorite noble man! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 1/1/2014

    " Simply compassionate and wonderful! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcy | 12/31/2013

    " Come on you know anything by Dalai Lama is going to be life changing! I am serious I really dig this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne Kazda | 12/8/2013

    " I loved this, and it was surprisingly easy and enjoyable to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 11/15/2013

    " A favorite of mine - I find it very calming to look at his face and I appreciate the message. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolina price | 11/9/2013

    " I have this in audio form and love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi Van Meir | 10/8/2012

    " A quickie compared to the art of happiness "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/11/2009

    " love his holiness "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 7/30/2007

    " of course, ryan gave me this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timm DiStefano | 8/3/2006

    " There are not enough people in this world like this great man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Kay | 5/10/2006

    " While I do not think that I could embrace Buddhism, I learn from reading the Dalai Lama's writings, and know myself better after reading this particular selection. I have tamed anger, learned to know myself better and be more genuinely compassionate through several readings of this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley Vinson | 12/3/2005

    " This book was pretty good, but my thing was that I had a few questions after I finished reading it. I didn't really understand how the wording was simple but the ideas behind them were so complex. It opened my mind, but I need somthing else to read now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/23/2005

    " I love this book! I will definitely read it again and already look forward to doing so! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tish | 1/14/2005

    " Wonderful lessons in peace and compassion that transcend religious boundaries, reminding the reader of what a fabulous gift this and every human life is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camilla Calvetti | 7/24/2004

    " Wonderful to start meditating. I highly recommend this book to all those who are in some kind of spiritual path. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad | 4/13/2004

    " Great book on the idea and concepts of Buddhism for the everyday guy. Some concepts may be harder to understand at first... but remember its not a race and takes time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 7/20/2003

    " Inspiring. I found myself going back through an highlighting full passages. What an incredible man! You can read this book repeatedly and get something new from it each time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 2/22/2003

    " Good book discussing basic principles. Always enjoyable to feel the calm energy he clearly communicates to his audience. "

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