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The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Wisdom

The Essential Teachings

His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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What do we understand by meditation? From the Buddhist point of view, meditation is a spiritual discipline, and one that allows you to have some degree of control over your thoughts and emotions.

Why is it that we don’t succeed in enjoying the lasting happiness that we are seeking? Buddhism explains that our normal state of mind is such that our thoughts and emotions are wild and unruly, and since we lack the mental discipline needed to tame them, we are powerless to control them. As a result, they control us. And thoughts and emotions, in their turn, tend to be controlled by our negative impulses rather than our positive ones. We need to reverse this cycle.

Hampton Roads Publishing Company (2009)

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whatalifefull's picture

Thank you....short and sweet. I read somewhere that " you can't solve the problems of the mind at the level of the mind". I can't solve mine there that's for sure, try as I might.

madyakker's picture

I was a bit confused myself, but it does say "Brief Teachings". It is brief.......but sweet!


Keith McLachlan's picture

As much as I like and admire the Dalai Lama, I never found his books to be very interesting.
Perhaps, it because most of them are ghost written.

There a lot better sources for meditation and mindfulness practice than the Dalai Lama. The names Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jan Chozen Bays, Toni Packer, Larry Rosenberg and others come to mind.

silcarry's picture

There are many styles of meditation. However, whatever meditation format works for you is definitely "the one" for you to adopt.
BTW, The Dalai Lama's Little Book of Wisdom IS a little book of that name, and it's and extract of little quotations from a teaching off HH (in London, I believe) some 18 years ago, It's full of meaningful small quotations.

robert nelder's picture

it is interesting that such a brief reflection generated all these responses... namaste

aaphayes's picture

This is what happens when we approach something with expectations and pre-conceived notions.

BenTremblay's picture

This little post is a teaser. see "To access the content within the Wisdom Collection, join Tricycle as a Supporting or Sustaining Member".

LOLA's picture

Note the title of the book. It is a sweet little book of profound words.

bobbykenny's picture

It said read the entire article in the wisdom section.

georgecolombo's picture

I think that was the article. (No one said it was a long article!)

srikumarsrao's picture

Same question. I couldn't find it either.

sjcinc's picture

Where is the article?