Kindness, Clarity, and Insight ePUB ´ Kindness,

Kindness, Clarity, and Insight ePUB ´ Kindness,

Kindness, Clarity, and Insight ➜ [Epub] ❧ Kindness, Clarity, and Insight By Dalai Lama XIV ➦ – Nearly twenty five years after its original publication Kindness Clarity and Insight is still widely considered the most readable yet substantive and wide ranging of His Holiness' works Broad in scope Nearly twenty five years after its original publication Kindness Clarity and Insight is still widely considered the most readable yet substantive and wide ranging of His Holiness' works Broad in Kindness, Clarity, eBook ✓ scope and revealing the depth of his knowledge these teachings display the range of the Dalai Lama and his message covering a plethora of topics including the need for compassion the common goals of the world's religions karma the four noble truths the luminous nature of the mind meditative concentration selflessness the two truths and the fundamental innate mind of clear light that all the various schools of Tibetan Buddhism aim at manifesting Although others in Tibet have mentioned that all orders of Tibetan Buddhism have the same basic outlook the Dalai Lama is the first to explain in detail how this is so his brilliant syncretic exposition being the final chapter in this bookThe book's twenty chapters are deftly arranged in a developmental seuence so that readers easily understand the background needed to appreciate the complex later topics Taken as a whole the teachings in this book provide an accessible map of Tibetan spiritual cultureThough the Dalai Lama is one of the most erudite scholarshe has a gift for reducing his doctrine to a core of lucid practicality crystallized in the title of his book Kindness Clarity and Insight Time Magazine.

10 thoughts on “Kindness, Clarity, and Insight

  1. robin friedman robin friedman says:

    The Dalai Lama In AmericaIn 1979 after substantial political effort HH the Dalai Lama made his first visit to the United States He travelled across the country and delivered a series of lectures The Dalai Lama visited Canada in 1980 and returned to the United States in 1981 and many times thereafter In 1981 the Dalai Lama and his editor and translator Professor Jeffrey Hopkins published a book of the Dalai Lama's early lectures in North America Kindness Clarity and Insight It was the first of many books that have since been published based upon the Dalai Lama's lectures or upon meetings and discussions with him Happily the book was reissued in 2006 to celebrate the 25th year of its publication as well as the anniversary of Snow Lion Publications an American publishing house devoted exclusively to books on TibetKindness Clarity and Insight is among the best of the Dalai Lama's books in presenting his major themes and in showing the scope of his teachings from the most fundamental and accessible to the difficult The book consists of a series of 20 lectures delivered during the Dalai Lama's first three visits The lectures are arranged in a progressing order of complexity with the opening lectures giving an introduction to the Dalai Lama's thought that reuires no special interest in Tibetan Buddhism while the latter lectures focus on complex difficult matters that arise within the various Tibetan Buddhist schools The book is fascinating to read as it moves forwardThroughout the book the Dalai Lama emphasizes the importance of kindness and of developing a good heart through introspection and meditation rather than through pursuit of material gain and pleasure He emphasizes the importance of altruism of showing concern for and working towards the well being of others and he takes a broadly ecumenical approach towards religion In his ecumenical approach the Dalai Lama stresses that human beings everywhere are essentially alike despite superficial differences in culture religion or race and that everyone wishes to attain happiness and avoid suffering He stresses that every religion and that secularism too for that matter shares these goals and that the differences in doctrine and philosophy among different creeds should not obscure recognition of their underlying unity of purpose The Dalai Lama does not force his creed or any creed on anyoneAmong the best of the earlier lectures in the book are the opening talk given at Constitution Hall Washington DC Religious Values and Human Society the lectures Religious Harmony and Compassion in Global Politics and Buddhism East to West which gives the Dalai Lama's early thoughts on the spread of Buddhism to the WestBut in addition to these broadly based talks the book includes a series of lectures providing great detail on the nature of Tibetan Buddhism Many readers will find these lectures difficult both because the subject matter and terminology may be unfamiliar and also because the Dalai Lama's teachings make clear how different the philosophical teachings of Tibetan Buddhism are from both Western religions and Western secularism at many points The reader should keep in mind in reading these essays the Dalai Lama's teachings earlier in the book that the fundamental goals of religion are similar while the philosophical and conceptual underpinnings differThe latter essays in the book that I found important include Eight Verses for Training the Mind in which HH the Dalai Lama presents eight verses written by Kadma Geshe Langri Thangpa a Tibetan monk of the Eleventh Century AD and offers a detailed commentary upon them The goal of the verses is to create calmness in the heart and a feeling of love and compassion towards othersThe central and most difficult teaching in this book consists of a lengthy essay The Path to Enlightenment This essay based on a combination of lectures is a discussion of a Tibetan text by Tsongkhapa 1357 1419 and includes as well discussions of other important Buddhist thinkers The Dalai Lama presents the text and offers detailed commentary The theme of the text is the attainment of enlightenment and the Dalai Lama expounds upon Tsongkhapa's teachings as they pertain to 1 developing the desire to be free of cyclic existence 2 wishing to attain enlightenment for the purpose of benefitting others and 3 developing wisdom by understanding the nature of emptiness Each of these three steps is highly difficult and runs counter to many Western ways of understanding and behavior Thus these texts will be rewarding and challenging but difficult especially to readers unfamiliar with Tibetan BuddhismOther lectures in which the Dalai Lama discusses teachings specific to Tibetan Buddhism include Tibetan Views and Dying and the final lecture Union of the Old and New Translation Schools in which the Dalai Lama considers and tries to synthesize the views of various Tibetan Buddhist teachings on the ultimate nature of realityEven in the lectures most concerned with the specific teachings of Tibetan Buddhism the Dalai Lama emphasizes throughout the importance of kindness and of developing a good heart Thus he concludes his lecture on The Path to Enlightenment with these wordsIt is essential to generate a good attitude a good heart as much as possible From this happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will comeThe Dalai Lama's teachings have been an inspiration to me and to many other Americans May you find something in this book that will inspire youRobin Friedman

  2. Erika Erika says:

    I've read this book four times Every time I read it it makes me a better person for a couple of days afterward I guess I should read it every three days or so

  3. Rubina Rubina says:

    This book is a collection of 20 lectures by the Dalai Lama during this first visits to the United States in 1979 and 1981 and Canada in 1980 His message of encouragement to all to develop compassion love and respect for others; to share and show concern for the sufferings of others; and to be less selfish is constant and clear throughout his speeches There are a few topics chapters which cover concepts that may be difficult for a casual reader to understand but by large this is still a good read It is not my favourite book by the Dalai Lama I much prefer his Ancient Wisdom Modern World

  4. r0b r0b says:

    'a uote from Nagarjuna's The Five Stages Everything is like the meditative stabilization of illusion In uoting this Tsongkhapa establishes that all environments and beings are the sport of mere wind and mind'

  5. Kara Daniels Kara Daniels says:

    Such an insightful book whether you're starting your journey into Buddism or not I think this is something everyone should read If we could all remember one word throughout our day that being compassion the world would be a much better place This book has allowed me to live a better uality of life by stopping myself before letting others or anger get the best of meA few passages that really stuck out to mePg 27Third paragraphPg 32Second Third paragraphPg 39Last paragraphPg 45Pg 47End of first paragraphPg 53First paragraphPg 95Top of pagePg 96Second paragraphPg 100Third paragraphPg 106First paragraphPg 107Second paragraphPg 122Last paragraph; how to thinkPg 124First paragraphPg 127PoemPg 133First paragraphPg 136Last paragraphPg 147Middle scripturePg 148First paragraphPg 155Second paragraph first sentencePg 155Second paragraphImportant uotesLove when it is not mixed with false conceptuality is reasonable logical sensible Pg 69Your past life's experience very much influences this life and this life's experience becomes the basis for the next rebirth's development but transference of inner development from one person to another is impossible Thus everything depends on yourself and it will take time Pg 102Enemies ignorance anger attachment and pride are the ultimate enemies Pg 118Since it is the case that at the beginning and end of our lives we are dependent on others' kindness it would be only appropriate if between those two periods We cultivated a sense of kindness towards others Pg 120Our battleground is not external but within Pg 123There is a Tibetan saying Don't make friends with 'It's probably okay' for to do so is dangerous Pg 124As soon as you start to generate an afflictive emotion you should think of the opposite type of uality using reason to generate an opposite attitude Pg 124If you want to know what you were doing in the past look at your body now; if you want to know what will happen to you in the future look at what your mind is doing now Pg 124Someone who acts like an enemy towards you is the best of teachers Pg 127The development of pure body speech and mind comes from gradually leaving impure states and their being transformed into the pure Pg 135Happiness comes from taming the mind Pg 155​

  6. Julia Southwick Julia Southwick says:

    I absolutely LOVED the Book of Joy so I wanted to delve into of the Dalai Lama’s writings This book is a compilation of his lectures during his three visits to North America Some of them were fantastic and really resonated with me but some of them went WAY over my head as I don’t know nearly enough about Buddhism I think there is a lot of beauty and truth found in Buddhism though Our world could sure benefit from the altruism compassion meditation etc that he speaks ofOnly giving this one 2 stars because like I said it went a little too deep for my casual reading comprehension Someone who is familiar with Buddhism would likely enjoy it

  7. Amanda Amanda says:

    I liked it I thought it touched on uite a range of different ideas but the main idea that seemed to be emphasised was about 'emptiness' and also kindness I think I kind of got what it was getting at like maybe that everything and everyone is connected the notions of 'good' or 'bad' aren't objectively real on a wider scale but it's still important to do good and be a good person to avoid suffering both for yourself and for the sake of others All in all I enjoyed reading it and I feel inspired to learn about these spiritual matters

  8. Elizabeth Wilkie Elizabeth Wilkie says:

    This is the book to read if you want to expand your academic knowledge about Tibetan Buddhist culture doctrine and philosophy The chapters are long enough to get the point across but some of the philosphocal portions are difficult to grasp because of the repetition of words and complexity of the various Buddhist School of philosophy I enjoyed the chapters about compassion and kindness as they were easier to understand because it can be applied to my day t0 day life

  9. Matthew Parent Matthew Parent says:

    A phenomenal read that shifts ones consciousness to viewing the world with love compassion and kindness Ultimately I’m left with so many uestions and a sentiment that I need to do some elementary reading on Buddhism to truly comprehend the content in this book I definitely got lost in what was being said a few times but I’m looking forward to delving deeper into the work of HH and Tibetan Buddhism

  10. John John says:

    A good in depth understanding of Buddhism and its application “The uestion is; should every human being be used for my attainment of happiness or should I be used for the happiness of every human being If others are used for this single “I” it is absolutely wrong and it will never deliver personal happiness If we serve others as much as we can we will see this is the source of great joy It is through constant serving others that real compassion and love is developed within ourselves”

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