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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,195 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso Narrator: Jeffrey Hopkins Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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His holiness the Dalai Lama reveals the key to achieving happiness and a meaningful life.

In How to See Yourself as You Really Are, the world’s foremost Buddhist leader teaches listeners how to recognize and dispel misguided notions of self and embrace the world from a more realistic—and loving—perspective.

Step-by-step exercises help listeners shatter their false assumptions and ideas and see the world as it actually exists. His Holiness sets the stage for discovering the reality behind appearances. But getting past one’s misconceptions is only a prelude to right action, and the final section describes how to harness the power of meditative concentration to the service of love, and vice versa, so that true altruistic enlightenment is attained. Enlivened by personal anecdotes and intimate accounts of the Dalai Lama’s own life experiences, How to See Yourself as You Really Are is an inspirational and empowering guide to achieving self-awareness that can be enjoyed by spiritual seekers of all faiths.

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  • “This latest message from The Dalai Lama reveals his trademark inclusiveness, his thoughtful approach to our diverse worries, and his keen perceptions of when conflict, disharmony, immorality, and commercialism need to be worked through.” 


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nicole | 2/16/2014

    " Dalai Lama the Buddist scholar, explains how the world actually is, simple. This book once more made me realize and see clearly that we live in a superficial society. even thought i didn't understand all the things he explains, I am happy I did read the book and learned to work daily on recognizing and dispelling misguided notions of self caused by media, commercial, peer pressure to have things. I try every day to be my best true self and embrace the world + people in my life more realistic and loving for simple things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andrew | 2/1/2014

    " Very thought provoking - paradoxically complex in its simplicity - well worth spending time with this book to consider the meaning and value of understanding "dependent arising". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by James Perkins | 1/31/2014

    " At one point the author appears to have proved you do not exist. However, that would be missing the point. Of course we exist, but we do not exist in the way we think we do. Our perception through physical senses has created an illusion, like a magic act, where the magician appears to have pulled a rabbit out of a hat. It did not really come from the hat, but it appears to have done so. In the same way, we all appear to be separate from each other, but we are not. Nobody exists wholly independently of anything else; we are all here due to some manifestation of thought. He then goes on to describe meditations whereby if you dwell on these concepts, and understand the true nature of reality, it is much easier to exercise compassion and love for your fellow beings, because we are all interrelated. It can be a little heavy-going, and I would not recommend it as the first thing you ever read by this spiritual leader. Still, its teaching was fascinating, and one to ponder. One of the more esoteric works by the Dalai Lama, this is a treatise on the nature of reality, and how everything is not how it seems. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dan | 1/10/2014

    " a somewhat accessible book on one of the trickiest subjects in all of Buddhism: Emptiness. "

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