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Dalai Lama
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6 Nov 2007
How to See Yourself As You Really Are is based on a fundamental Buddhist notion that love and insight work cooperatively to bring about enlightenment, like the two wings of a bird. The overarching theme is that self-knowledge is the key to personal development and positive relationships. Here the Dalai Lama addresses Buddhist perspectives on how we hurt ourselves through misguided, exaggerated notions of self, others, events and the physical world. The first section introduces step-by-step exercises that help us to develop an ability to see the disparity between how we appear to ourselves and how we actually are, and thereby to learn how to act in the world from a more realistic framework. Once we have recognized our false assumption and ideas, the second section shows us how to undermine them. A variety of exercises are presented that aid in breaking down the illusions we have superimposed over what actually exists. These are illustrated by the Dalai Lama's own personal experiences. The third section turns to a discussion of how things actually do exist.Here we are drawn to notice how everything depends on thought--how thought itself predetermines what we perceive--and to get beyond our misconceptions. The audiobook's final section describes how to harness the power of meditative concentration with insight so that problems can be addressed at their shaky foundation. Putting insight in the service of love and love in the service of insight, How to See Yourself As You Really Are finishes with an overview of the stages for achieving altruistic enlightenment.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Export; Reprint edition (6 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743290461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743290463
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 12.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,636,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the spiritual and political leader of Tibet. Today, he lives in exile in Northern India and works tirelessly on behalf of the Tibetan people, as well as travelling the world to give spiritual teachings to sell-out audiences. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

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"A symbol of serenity, a spiritual leader second only to the Pope" (Independent) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


The Dalai Lama is the most influential person in the world --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to follow 26 April 2010
I was worried that this book may be a bit deep, but it is easy to follow. the principles are laid out in an easy to follow fashion too. I found the principles very comforting at a time of stress and family illness. our interpretation of events are often very exaggerated - and when we look at life from a different perspective, it is easier to see things more positively.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful 14 Aug 2008
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after reading this book,i cant say i see myself any different than before,but i did learn new ways to see things around me,and by seeing them differently than before i can control myself far better,not getting so annoyed at stupid things at work,so give it a try it might help you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great guide to self-awareness 5 Jun 2013
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Before reading this book, I read some of the Dalai Lama's other works, namely 'The Art of Happiness' and the compact 'Book of Wisdom'. The content in this book is somewhat more complex and may lose some readers due to its harder-going nature. However, it's hardly a challenge; it just may be hard to tune in to, especially if you're a light reader.

There are some useful tips and pieces of wisdom in this book, which is to be expected as it's written by a man who may be amongst the wisest on the planet. I don't think that this is the best Dalai Lama book, though. I'd like to say that that title rests with 'The Art of Happiness'. Therefore, if you haven't read 'The Art of Happiness', I'd suggest that before reading this. However, this isn't exactly a bad read - it's just inferior in my opinion to the other mentioned book.

Overall, though, a great book - definitely worth investing in.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to See Yourself as You Really Are 30 Mar 2008
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This book may help you find a deeper understanding into your life, and to better yourself. It gives you insight to the basic steps of meditation.
His Holiness gives you guidance on how to practise compassion and mental calm.
How to live a meaningful life. The Dalai Lama's Book may get a bit on the heavy side
But read it to the end, it may help you to understand the way Buddhists see life.
Amazing to read. A big up for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great guide. 6 April 2013
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I'm enjoying the guide to help you meditate and to see things in life as they really are and why we become attached to things which have no importance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is quite a scholarly read 22 Feb 2013
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... and so demanding of your attention. An essential for anyone who is trying to understand "emptiness"/ or who (like myself) thought I did understand the essence of "emptiness". I can't rate it highly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I chose these ratings because they books are amazing. They have not only shown me why I have thought the way I have but I have also learnt a lot of new insights about myself. I have never read books so fast before I couldn't put them down.
I even took time out from my own writing to read them.
I would recommend them to anyone which I already have been.
I have recommended them not only to friends and family but to my clients as well and will post them on my website shortly.
Love and light
Judith Farley
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The Dehli Lama is a clear author who can impart his knowledge with a seeming amount of love and care in his writing. Seeing ourselves as we are is far from easy, but if we can succeed in this the Dalia Lama's book makes it easy for the reader. I am on the second reading of this book.
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A very good book on peacefully living , slightly over complicated in parts but well worth reading , very enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing
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I am three quarters of a way through. Since this is a book which aims to teach meditation and through it seeing yourself and the world as it really is, it is a book to read slowly. Read more
Published 13 months ago by rosiehelenlewis
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