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Ancient Wisdom, Modern World


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*The in-depth philosophy of one of the great men of the 20th century

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The Dalai Lama is a political and religious leader of worldwide renown and winner of the Nobel Peace prize.


'Invaluable ... A blueprint for an ethical way of life' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'This is a book for our time' IRELAND ON SUNDAY 'All the qualities he proposes are achievable and are things we could practice daily by showing just a little thought ... A clearly written and straightforward book which, I think, achieves its purpose of approaching ethics based on universal rather than religious principles' SPECTATOR 'A clearly written and straightforward book... If we could only follow the Dalai Lama's advice to the world for a new millenium and cultivate a commitment to the principle of universal responsibility and experiment with unconditional love, not only would we as individuals become happier and more compassionate but we would at the same time be making a significant contribution to the welfare of society. It was encouraging to feel, after reading the book, that any positive or compassionate action, however small, can and does make a difference and is therefore worth the effort.' SPECTATOR 'He skillfully uses parables and comic vignettes from his extraordinary life to illustrate his ideas for a universal set of ethics in order to attain happiness. This is a singular, but well-informed, insight into Western attitudes.' THE TIMES 'The Dalai Lama's great skill is to make simple the potentially complext teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. His true religion, he maintains "is human kindness"- a sentiment which seems hardly to do justice to the profound and deeply inspiring teachings here.' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'This is a book for our time.' IRELAND ON SUNDAY 'Quietly inspiring ... the Dalai Lama eloquently underscores the importance of patience, compassion and the spiritual dimension in human affairs' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Is it possible to have a workable ethical system without the underpinning of religion? This is a question the Dalai Lama addresses in this very readable book. The two aims we all have in common, whatever our religion, are the pursuit of happiness and the avoidance of suffering. Throughout the book the Dalai Lama emphasises that we are not moral islands; we have a responsibility for others. The more we seek to increase the happiness and decrease the suffering of others, the more, ultimately, we will also benefit ourselves. This applies in all areas of life. "Thus when we commit ourselves to truth--and thereby to honesty--we help reduce the level of misunderstanding, doubt and fear throughout society. In a small but significant way, we create the conditions for a happy world." As might be expected, the Dalai Lama draws illustrations from his own life as the spiritual leader and as a refugee from Tibet, and from the stories of other Tibetan Buddhist monks. But he is at pains to point out that this is not a Buddhist book and that he has no desire to convert anyone else to his faith. His answer to the dichotomy of the unique demands of individual religions in a world of religious pluralism is that for each of us, there is one religion which suits our upbringing or temperament best--or even none at all. The teachings of this book are universal. It's a shame that for this book, by one of the world's foremost spiritual leaders, the publishers clearly didn't bother to proof-read the text, which is quite badly marred by grammatical and punctuation errors. Let's hope they tidy up for the paperback.' David V. Barrett, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW

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