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Approaching the Buddhist Path

Written by: His Holiness the Dalai Lama,Thubten Chodron
Narrated by: Peter Aronson
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The first volume in a multi-volume collection presenting the Dalai Lama’s comprehensive explanation of the Buddhist path.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been publicly teaching Buddhism for decades. This series collects his presentations of every step of the path to enlightenment, compiled and coauthored by one of his chief Western disciples, the American nun Thubten Chodron.

The Buddha wanted his students to investigate, to see for themselves whether what he said was true. As a student of the Buddha, the Dalai Lama promotes the same spirit of investigation, and as the rich tradition of the Buddha makes its way into new lands and cultures, His Holiness has recognized that new approaches are needed to allow seekers in the West to experience the relevance of the liberating message in their own lives. 

Such an approach cannot assume listeners are free from doubt and already have faith in Buddhism’s basic tenets. The Library of Wisdom and Compassion series, therefore, starts from the universal human wish for happiness and presents the dynamic nature of the mind. This first volume also provides a wealth of reflections on Buddhist history and fundamentals, contemporary issues, and the Dalai Lama’s own personal experiences. It stands alone as an introduction to Buddhism, but it also provides a foundation for the systematic illumination of the path in the volumes to come. 

The Library of Wisdom and Compassion collects the Dalai Lama’s decades of presentations of every step of the path to enlightenment. It has been compiled and coauthored by one of his chief Western disciples, the American nun Thubten Chodron.

©2017 Wisdom Publications (P)2018 Peter Aronson

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  • Matthew Davis
  • 2020-01-08

Loved it!

Narrator was good and easy to understand. There were some recording volume issues between sections but not too bad. Happy I purchased this book.

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  • Martin Fierro
  • 2019-10-30

Superb Read for Serious Inquiry into Buddhism

This is a very-well written and engaging treatment of Buddhism. Its approach is adapted to the mindset and sensibilities of the western mind.

I applaud both of the authors for the outreach, which is incredibly thorough, but still clear to me (a non-buddhist reader)

I hope that the subsequent volumes are soon made available in audiobook format.

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  • Cheryl Bunner
  • 2019-08-22

Read, think, and meditation

i learned a lot from this book. it was difficult to understand at first but thinking on it and rereading it help me with the concepts.

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  • Su A. Cutler
  • 2022-05-05

thoughts

very helpful. both as filling in gaps I had as well well the last chapter with its general outlook.

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  • John Hofferber
  • 2022-01-19

so glad to have found this book

the reading was positive step and has furthered my journey. I am just learning the way so for my perspective it was only constructed. I just finished it and feel like starting it again.

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  • YRNCOUNTING
  • 2021-11-12

Not even remotely for a beginner

This book was recommended to me as a beginner. It is more like a graduate level theology text. I got nothing out of it I found a very frustrating.

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  • Jehlily
  • 2021-07-31

must read for all Buddhists

This is must read for all Buddhists and non- Buddhists no matter what religion they follow

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  • Mary
  • 2021-01-27

A lovely experience

A wonderful introduction to the Buddhist path. I am grateful to have received it.