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The Meaning of Life

Buddhist Perspectives on Cause and Effect

His Holiness The Dalai Lama; Introduction, Translation and Editing by Jeffrey Hopkins; Read by Ken McLeod

Macmillan Audio

The Dalai Lama presents the basic worldview of Buddhism while offering answers to some of life’s most profound and challenging questions: Why are we in this situation? Where are we going? Do our lives have any meaning? How should we live our lives?

Basing his explanation on the twelve links of dependent-arising as depicted in the Buddhist image of the Wheel of Life, His Holiness vividly describes how human beings become trapped in a counterproductive prison of selfishness and suffering, and shows how to reverse the process, changing the limiting prison into a source of help and happiness for others. Suffused with the Dalai Lama’s intelligence, wit, and kindness, these teachings address such issues as how to deal with aggression from within and without; how to reconcile personal responsibility with the doctrine of selflessness; how to face a terminal illness; how to help someone who is dying; how to reconcile love for family with love for all beings; and how to integrate this practice into everyday life.

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"...studded with jewels...pointing out how to bring together the theory of Buddhist teachings and the practice of ordinary life." --Shambhala Sun

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  • His Holiness The Dalai Lama; Introduction, Translation and Editing by Jeffrey Hopkins; Read by Ken McLeod

  • Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. He lives in exile in Dharamsala, India.

    Jeffrey Hopkins teaches Tibetan studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he founded programs in Buddhist studies and Tibetan studies. He is the author of Meditation on Emptiness. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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The Meaning of Life

Buddhist Perspectives on Cause and Effect

His Holiness The Dalai Lama; Introduction, Translation and Editing by Jeffrey Hopkins; Read by Ken McLeod

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