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Transform Your Life: A Blissful Journey Paperback – 1 Aug 2007

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  • Paperback: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Tharpa Publications (1 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978906748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978906740
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.7 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,354,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We all enjoy limitless possibility for happiness and fulfillment; this book can help us attain it... A work of deep spiritual insight. --The Napra Review

a laudable and thought-provoking read.... --MidWest Book Review

I would unhesitatingly recommend this book to anyone who, like me, has been trying to find a clear and practical approach to balanced and beneficial living, whether or not you're a Buddhist. --mind-body-spirit retailler --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism who has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society. He is the author of 22 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has founded over 1200 Kadampa Buddhist centres and groups throughout the world. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


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This is a book that, being a non-Buddhist, I found to be of great use in explaining some of the fundamental concepts of the tradition. Not only is the writer systematic is his approach, he is also very thorough whilst giving a broad understanding of the subject to the reader.
The author writes informatively about the Buddhist view of death and suffering and the true nature of human life. The main section of the book then, is based on daily practice and indeed how to transform your life, based on the profound concepts of the first couple of chapters. This involves discussion on why it is a good idea to cherish other people and also then, how to learn to cherish other people. Anger is a subject also covered in great detail and the chapters on it certainly help to put a lot of things into perspective. Towards the end of the book, there is also a short section on meditation, the reasons for it and how to begin practicing. From a beginner's point of view, I found this useful and easy to understand: it was very clear and also sympathetic to the difficulties of meditation!
I found the book precise in its explantion of the ideals of Buddhism and each point was reinforced with either ancient or modern-day logic. Actually it was so well written that at times it was almost as though the author was in the same room! His humour and warmth comes across in many places, which for such heavy subject matter, is important I feel.
Although the tradition behind the book goes back thousands of years, it's by no means a historical account. I would say it's a guide that can be read easily (and enjoyably) from start to finish, then referred back to at the reader's discretion as they become more involved in the practice of the tradition.
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Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has a rare gift for making these Buddhist teachings relevant to everyday living, and showing clearly and simply how anyone can put them into practice. I've been looking at Buddhism for years, but this book is something different - it has the ring of experience about it and a simplicity that makes it easy to try out these practices yourself in day to day life, without becoming a monk or a hermit. I would unhesitatingly recommend this book to anyone who, like me, has been trying to find a clear and practical approach to balanced and beneficial living, whether or not you're a Buddhist. I think the title isn't exaggerating - I've always thought these teachings are incredibly profound, but this book has shown me that I can actually practise them myself - truly amazing.
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Over the years I have read many spiritual books, but I would have to say that Transform Your Life is undoubtedly up there with the best of them. It is written in a clear, direct style with lots of beautiful and easy to understand analogies. For example, I love the analogy of how at the moment we are a bit like a balloon in the wind, being blown here and there by external situations. When things are good and seem to be going our way, we're happy, however, when something happens, or goes wrong, we immediately become unhappy. Gesh-la's book teaches us how to develop a wise, strong mind that can deal with the difficulties of life. I also love how it is a book that seeks to go to the source of the problem - our mind. It teaches how our problems are not out there, but are rather caused by 'inner enemies' or delusions. By identifying what our actual problem is we can then do something about it, which Gesh-la's book articulately teaches us how to do. Almost all the book is easy to follow even though it is teaching some profound stuff. Basically we need to learn how to change the object of our cherishing from ourselves to all living beings! No mean feat! What's great though is that Gesh-la gives practical methods on how to accomplish this. So rather than just saying 'Love thy neighbour', he actually supplies you with the techniques to make this a possibility. This is a truly fantastic book that will change your life. Buy it, read it, and allow its wisdom to seep deep into your heart.
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I came across this book at a time when I was looking for meaning in my life. This book delivers and more! Geshe Kelsang Gyatso presents the core Buddhist principles in a way that is both accessible to the non-Buddhist and applicable to modern life.
By sincerely putting the principles described in this book into practice, I have found that my life has improved immensely - my relationships are fuller and my general state of mind has become more calm and peaceful. I have more control over my mind and as a result my life.
It takes honesty and effort but if inner peace and fulfilment are what you are searching for, this book will put you in the right direction.
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This is a very good book that really does have the capacity to change your life for the better. It comes strongly from a Buddhist perspective, so those of this persuasion are likely to gain the most from this book. However this said, if you approach with an open mind your are likely to gain benefit no matter what your background. The author has written many books and this one is particularly good. Highly recommended.
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