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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (329 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tenzin Gyatso Narrator: Jeffrey Hopkins Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9780743579704
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The wisdom, support, guidance, and inspiration we need to become successful and fulfilled in our spiritual lives.

In Becoming Enlightened, His Holiness the Dalai Lama powerfully explores the foundation of Buddhism, laying out an accessible and practical approach to age-old questions: How can we live free from suffering? How can we achieve lasting happiness and peace?

Drawing from traditional Buddhist meditative practices as well as penetrating examples from today's troubled planet, he presents step-by-step exercises designed to expand our capacity for spiritual growth, along with clear milestones to mark our progress. By following the spiritual practices outlined in Becoming Enlightened, we can learn how to replace troublesome feelings with positive attitudes and embark on a path to achieving an exalted state -- within ourselves and within the larger world.

Full of personal anecdotes and intimate accounts of the Dalai Lama's experiences as a life-long student, thinker, political leader, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Becoming Enlightened is a remarkable and empowering work that can be enjoyed by seekers of all faiths, at every stage of spiritual development. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Jeffrey Hopkins is a renowned Buddhist scholar and former translator for the Dalai Lama. Hopkins is intimate with the Dalai Lama’s own speech patterns, as evidenced in his measured pace and calm, kind vocal tones. Like the Dalai Lama himself, Hopkins manages to sound matter-of-fact and accessible even while elucidating the complexities of Buddhist philosophy…As practical as it is profound, and is not to be missed.”

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  • “The Dalai Lama is clearly a fantastic teacher, offering great compassion when discussing difficult topics. Highly recommended.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Qiana | 1/20/2014

    " I am just beginning to learn more about Buddhism, so this books was a little too advanced for me. What I could understand was very useful so I plan to return to this later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Villanueva | 1/7/2014

    " If you believe in life after death this is a wonderful book. If you don't, it's still a wonderful book--but it's no-holds-barred instruction is very difficult to follow, at least for a person like me. Humility; morality; forgiveness; kindness; altruism; understanding why we suffer; and recognizing that the inner attitude is the key to happiness--or at least to being happier--is what this book is about. It's a tough road to refine oneself to become a better person and it is a journey without end. Sometimes I want to avoid facing my many flaws, but to be truly alive it is a prerequisite. "

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

    " He does know his beans, or rather his Buddhism, as we have come to expect. And he keeps working at it. This is more a recapitulation than exploring new ground. "

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

    " This one may have convinced me to become vegetarian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 1/1/2014

    " This became a life changer for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Czar | 12/29/2013

    " Good book, very to the point with plenty of "lists". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 12/24/2013

    " Much more specific than the last dali lama book I read which was sort of pop psychology or something, this is very specific explanation of the buddhist belief and the steps laid out to enlightenment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/16/2013

    " Great book! I really liked it! I didn't realize that I had already been practicing much of what he teaches in this book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a more deeper meditative life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 11/29/2013

    " A lot of very insightful learning! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenn | 11/23/2013

    " The lama has written lots of books, but this one is especially cool. He doesn't go into how to meditate, but does outline the exact things that a Buddhist does meditate on, in order, up until they attain Buddhahood, which was very interesting. By the way, Buddhahood is a fantastic word. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Oaster | 11/15/2013

    " Pff. Your MOM is empty of inherent existence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Rich | 10/15/2013

    " Some interesting insights but sometimes difficult to understand and read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lolly LKH | 8/24/2013

    " I am not a buddhist but I like to pretend to be, no really.. this book is interesting so far. Some of it is hard to wrap my mind around, and while I don't quite follow most of the Dalai Lama's beliefs, I respect them and feel enlighted just reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 1/10/2013

    " Picked this up when it came out in 2009, after having been very moved by the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. I don't say that I "converted" to Buddhism around this time, but somewhere between 2008 and now, I realized that I just happen to be a Buddhist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alanna | 3/21/2012

    " This was the first book I purchased at my university campus bookstore, and so glad I did! Changed my outlook on life. Whenever I need inspiration of any sort, reading this book or parts of it does the trick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 12/26/2010

    " In the absence of a retreat, this was an interesting and clear read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 11/2/2009

    " Each of his books goes deeper and deeper into experiencing reality. "

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