This inspiring book presents in their clearest form the basic teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, for both Eastern and Western seekers after enlightenment. As Andrew Harvey writes in his foreword, we have here “Buddhism purified to its simplest human essence, an essence that transcends all barriers, all colours and creeds”.
The first part of the book, adapted from oral teachings, introduces a series of 37 practices for the cultivation of bodhichitta, ‘the mind of awakening’, explaining what it means to set out to attain enlightenment on behalf of all sentient beings. The second part shows how these teachings can be applied, and describes how some of the greatest mystics have expressed their knowledge of the nature of reality.
An indispensable guide for all who seek to follow the path of truth, Essential Teachings brings ancient texts to life in contemporary situations and gives a brilliant insight into the mind of a wonderful man who has spent his life preaching a philosophy of peace and compassion against a background of violence and tragedy.
“The homely warmth and spiritual challenge that we have come to associate with the Dalai Lama… There is much wisdom there.”
John McConnell, ‘The Friend’