Suggested books from His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Ethics for the New Millennium Ethics for the New Millennium
by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
     "Compassion is what makes our lives meaningful. It is the source of all lasting happiness and joy. And it's the foundation of a good heart, the heart of one who acts out of a desire to help others. Through kindness, through affection, through honesty, through truth and justice toward all others we ensure our own benefit. This is not a matter for complicated theorizing. It is a matter of common sense. There is no denying that consideration of others is worthwhile. There is no denying that if society suffers we ourselves suffer. Nor is there any denying that the more our hearts and minds are afflicted with ill-will, the more miserable we become. Thus we can reject everything else: religion, ideology, all received wisdom. But we cannot escape the necessity of love and compassion."
Riverhead Books, New York, NY, USA, 1998, 322 pages, hardbound.
US$24.95 ISBN #157322-025-6
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The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living The Art of Happiness
A Handbook for Living

by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD.
     "Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Cutler, he explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life's obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace. Based on 2,500 years of Buddhist meditations mixed with a health dose of common sense, The Art of Happiness is a book that crosses the boundaries of traditions to help readers with difficulties common to all human beings."
Riverhead Books, New York, NY, USA, 1999, 237 pages, hardbound.
US$22.95 ISBN #1-57322-025-6
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The Path to Tranquility The Path to Tranquility
by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Compiled and Edited by Renuka Singh
     "The Dalai Lama, a living symbol of holiness and selfless triumph over tribulation, has shared his philosophy of peace with today's turbulent world. Yet rarely do we hear him speak with such directness as in this collection of quotations drawn from his own writings, teachings and interviews. The Path to Tranquility, a fresh and accessible introduction to his inspirational wisdom, offers words of guidance, compassion, and peace that are shonw as down to earth asl they are rich in spirit. It covers almost every aspect of human life, secular and religious -- happiness, intimacy, loneliness, suffering, anger, and everyday insecurities -- with endearing informatlity, warmth, and practicality."
Viking/Arkana Books, New York, NY, USA, 1998, 412 pages, hardbound.
US$24.95 ISBN #0-670-88759-5
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The Good Heart
A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus

by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Edited with a Preface by Robert Kiely, Introduction by Dom Laurence Freeman, OSB

     "The Dalai Lama provides an extraordinary Buddhist perspective on the teachings of Jesus, commenting on well-known passages from the four Christian Gospels."
Wisdom Publications, Boston, MA, USA, 1996.
Clothbound: US$24.00 ISBN #0-86171-114-9
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Paperbound: US$14.95 ISBN #0-86171-138-6
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Kindness, Clarity and Insight
by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Translated and Edited by Jeffrey Hopkins
Co-edited by Elizabeth Napper

     A collection of talks given by His Holiness during his 1979-80 tours of North America. This is an excellent collection of discussions of the basic tenets of Buddhism.
Snow Lion, Ithaca, NY, USA, 1984, 232 pages.
US$12.95 ISBN #0-937938-18-1
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The Buddhism of Tibet
by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Translated and Edited by Jeffrey Hopkins

     "This book includes four texts that the Dalai Lama specially wrote or chose for Western readers:
     The Buddhism of Tibet by the Dalai Lama - the principle topics and central practices of Buddhism
     The Key to the Middle Way by the Dalai Lama - the discovery of the true meaning of emptiness
     The Precious Garland by Nagarjuna - finding happiness by cultivating the virtues of body, speech and mind and how to amass the stores of merit and wisdom required for enlightenment
     The Song of the Four Mindfulnesses by the Seventh Dalai Lama - contains all the essentials of sutra and tantra; a basis for meditations on mindfulness of the guru, altruism, deity yoga and emptiness."
Snow Lion, Ithaca, NY, USA, 1975, 219 pages.
US$12.95 ISBN #0-937938-48-3
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Path to Bliss
A Practical Guide to Stages of Meditation

by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Translated by Geshe Thubten Jinpa, Edited by Christine Cox

     "These teachings present a systematic approach to personal development through visualizaton, reason and contemplation. The presentation is clear and eloquent. The approach is simple yet profound. It does not presuppose any prior experience on the part of the beginner, while providing rich material for the more advanced prctitioner. Beginning with practices that develop an effective mental outlook in one's life, this book guides the student to more advanced techniques for developing the mind's deepest potentials and happiness."
Snow Lion, Ithaca, NY, USA, 1991, 240 pages.
US$14.95 ISBN #0-937938-92-0
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Essence of Refined Gold
by the Third Dalai Lama, Commentary by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Compiled, Edited and Translated by Glenn. H. Mullin

     "The Third Dalai Lama's famous work is a powerful exposition on Atisha's A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, the basis of the Lam-Rim teaching. Continuing this living tradition, the present Dalai Lama provides and extensive "commentary to the meaning" of the text, drawn from his own penetrating experience. The discourse, which comprises the main body of this text alternates between personal reflections, direct spiritual advice and scriptural quotations. He presents the spirit of the Third Dalai Lama's brief work with an amazing ease and fluidity that is accessible to all."
Snow Lion, Ithaca, NY, USA, 1982, 270 pages.
US$12.95 ISBN #0-937938-29-7
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The Union of Bliss and Emptiness
by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, translated by Thupten Jinpa

     "The origins of the instructions on the Lama Choepa (guru yoga) practice are traced back to the explanatory tantra called Vajramala, in which the visualization of the mandala deities on the guru's body as explained according to Guhyasamaja and Heruka has great merit and advantages. Lama Choepa explains how to do it on the basis of this guru yoga practice. In this unique and clearly laid out commentary, the actual practice is explained on the basis of Guhyasamaja, the preliminaties, such as the self-generation on the basis of Yamantaka, and the performing of the offerings and so forth according to Heruka."

Snow Lion, Ithaca, NY, USA, 1988, 191 pages.
US$10.95 ISBN #0-937938-69-6
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A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night
by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

     "His Holiness presents here a detailed manual of practical philosophy based on The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyavatara), a well-known text of Mahayana Buddhism written by Shantideva. The Dalai Lama explains and amplifies the text, alluding throughout to the experiences of daily life and showing anyone how to develop bodhichitta, the wish for perfect enlightenment for the sake of others."
Shambhala Dragon Editions, Boston, MA, USA, 1994, 141 pages.
US$10.00 ISBN #0-87773-971-4
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Freedom in Exile, the Autobiography of the Dalai Lama Freedom in Exile
the Autobiography of the Dalai Lama

by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

     "Dalai Lama means different things to different people. To some it means that I am a living Buddha, the earthly manifestation of Avalokiteshvara, Bodhisattva of Compassion. To others it means that I am a 'god king.' During the late 1950s it meant that I was a Vice-President of the Steering Committee for the People's Republic of China. Then when I escaped into exile, I was called a counter-revolutionary and a parasite. But none of these are my ideas. To me 'Dalai Lama' is a title that signifies the office I hold. I myself am just a human being and incidentally a Tibetan, who chooses to be a Buddhist monk.
     "It is as a simple monk that I offer this story of my life, though it is by no means a book about Buddhism. I have two main reasons for doing so. Firstly, an increasing number of people have shown an interest in learning something about the Dalai Lama. Secondly, there are a number of historical events about which I wish to set the record straight..."
HarperPerennial, New York, NY, USA, 1991, 288 pages.
Softbound US$10.95 ISBN #0-06-098701-4
Hardbound US$22.95 ISBN #0-06-039116-2
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Ocean of Wisdom, Guidelines for Living by His Holiness the Dalai Lama Ocean Of Wisdom, Guidelines for Living
Words of wisdom and inspiration
by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Foreword by Richard Gere

     The words of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people, continue to bring inspriaton, hope, and love to peoples of all cultures. His message of the univeral need for kindness at every level, from person-to-person relations to global action, transcends all cultural and religious boundaries and provides a spiritual perspective on world peace and the preservation of our increasingly imperiled planet. Readers can draw hope and the couraged to face both personal crises and the multiple threats that surround us in the late 20th century. This book was complied from excerpts of private and public talks given in North America. Ocean of Wisdom: Guidelines for Living has been translated into 12 languages and is in its fourth printing
Clear Light Publishers, Santa Fe, NM, USA, 1986, 86 pages, clothbound.
US$14.95 ISBN #0-940666-09-X
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Heart of Tibet Heart of Tibet
An Intimate Video Portrait of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Introduction by the Hon. Jimmy Carter

     "This intimate portrait of the Dalai Lama during his 1989 visit to Los Angeles reveals him as a man of simplicity and humor dealing with highly complex and sensitive issues. The program gives real insight into this remarkable personality, augmented with interviews with His Holiness, Robert Thurman, John Avedon, journalists and others. He appears as a spiritual teacher and a leading intellectual, as a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate explaining the importance of the human heart, and as a political leader speaking of the the continued occupation of Tibet.
     "Smuggled out of Tibet despite martial law, scarce recent footage shows the communist Chinese military police brutalizing unarmed civilians and monks in demonstrations on the streets of Lhasa.
     "The Kalachakra -- the highest Tibetan Buddhist tantric initiation for self-transformation -- provides a unique cultural context of the program. Traditionally given publicly in times of great danger, the purpose of the Kalachakra is to hasten the dawn of lasting world peace from within every human heart."
Produced by Martin Wassell, Written and Directed by David Cherniack, Director of Photography Baird Bryant.
Mystic Fire Videos, New York, NY, USA, 1991. Hi-fi stereo, color, 60 minutes Video
US$29.95 ISBN #1-56176-248-2
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