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This paper reviews a work about Buddhist practices written by the Dalai Lama and Jeffrey Hopkins entitled "How to Practice: The Way To A Meaningful Life." According to the review, the book outlines the steps that lead to enlightenment. It also gives an overview of Buddhist ethics. The review further notes that this work attempts to make Buddhist practices and philosophy accessible to Westerners, and therefore contains quite a bit of information about Buddhist ritual. The paper concludes by stating that this book is another one of those many works written for the popularization of Buddhist practice and learning that have been multiplying since the 1960's.
From the Paper:"The thinking behind the structure of the book was apparently that concrete examples should be used in order to outline the steps that lead to enlightenment (or somewhat closer to it in any case - the authors understandably remain cautious in promising Buddhahood to laymen). Ethics are studied in a large part of the book, apart from meditation techniques and wise sayings. We are repeatedly warned that the road is long, with many temptations and distractions, but the effort is worth it. Who wouldn't want to acquire serenity, escape tension, become aware of the ebbs and flows of time, escape the fear inherent in every one of our various phases of existence - in short, live a life both meaningful and secure?
"This handbook for the perfect practicing Buddhist contains 6 parts and 12 chapters, which make for a reading at times remarkably smooth and easy-going, while at other times most Western readers would be lost in allusions to entities they know little about - not to mention Dalai Lama's penchant to make numbered lists. Thus when we are invited to practice morality, there are three ways od doing so; 7 "meritorious practices"; 7 "preliminary practices"; 4 + 4 stages toward death; five intangible factors of calm..."
Sample of Sources Used:
- The Dalai Lama and Jeffrey Hopkins. How to Practice : The Way to a Meaningful Life. Atria Books, 2003. Print.
Cite this Book Review:
Dalai Lama's "How to Practice: The Way To A Meaningful Life" (2012, October 19) Retrieved November 22, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/dalai-lama-how-to-practice-the-way-to-a-meaningful-life-151868/
"Dalai Lama's "How to Practice: The Way To A Meaningful Life"" 19 October 2012. Web. 22 November. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/dalai-lama-how-to-practice-the-way-to-a-meaningful-life-151868/>