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The Dalai Lama on What Matters Most

The Dalai Lama, Noriyuki Ueda

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Prose: non-fiction, Philosophy, Spiritualism, Mind, Body, Spirit, Mind, Body, Spirit: thought & practice

Conversations on Anger, Compassion and Action with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

In conversation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

In April of 2006, the prominent Japanese cultural anthropologist Noriyuki Ueda sat down with the Dalai Lama for a two day conversation. This book is based on that long and lively conversation in Dharamsala.

In this little book, the two men explore whether there is a place in religious practice for anger against social injustice, the role of competition in spiritual life, conditional versus unconditional love, and the soullessness of materialism.

One of the real pleasures of this book is the Dalai Lama's uncharacteristic candor. For example:

'I am not only a socialist but also a bit of a leftist, a Communist.'

'I hold the position of a high monk, a big lama. Unless I exercise self restraint, there is every possibility for me to exploit others.'

He also argues that rather than suppressing anger, Buddhism embraces using anger to precipitate social change. In other words anger can be an important spiritual practice. This book offers a unique perspective on the Dalai Lama's political and spiritual views. And it guides the reader through the complex reality of what it means to practice compassion in the here and now.

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The Dalai Lama

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was born on July 6, 1935, to a poor farming family in northeastern Tibet. At the age of two he was recognised as the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, the fourteenth in a succession dating back six hundred years. At age six he began his lifelong training as a Buddhist monk. Since 1959, he has lived in exile from Tibet in Dharamsala, India. His tireless efforts on behalf of human rights, world peace, and basic human values have brought him international recognition.

He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize and a U.S. Congressional Gold Medal. For more information about the Dalai Lama, including his schedule of teachings, visit: www.dalailama.com.

Geshe Thupten Jinpa has been the principal English translator to His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 1986. He is a Tibetan Geshe and holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Cambridge University. He is the current President of the Institute of Tibetan Classics. He has translated and edited many books by the Dalai Lama.

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