As a primer on living the good life, few books compete with How to Practice, another profound offering from the exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Westerners may be confused by the book's title, assuming that it focuses solely on Buddhist meditation and prayer techniques.
Though it does address meditation and prayer, at its core this is a book that demonstrates how day-to-day living can be a spiritual practice.
There are two ways to create happiness:
* The first is external. By obtaining better clothes, better shelter, and better friends we can find a certain measure of happiness and satisfaction.
* The second is through mental development, which yields inner happiness.
However, these two approaches are not equally viable.
External happiness cannot last long without its counterpart....
However, if you have peace of mind you can find happiness even under the most difficult circumstances.
About the Author
His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born in 1935 to a peasant family in northeastern Tibet and was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. The world's foremost Buddhist leader, he travels extensively, speaking eloquently in favor of ecumenical understanding, kindness and compassion, respect for the environment, and, above all, world peace.
"I expect to pass through life but once.
If therefore, there be any kindness I can show,
or any good thing I can do for any fellow being,
let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again"
~ Stephen Grellet
"Faith and Fear Share The Same Definition.
Believing that what you cannot see will surely come to pass.
Faith Attracts The Positive while fear attracts the negative."
~ Author Unknown