April 17, 2009

Book Review: The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Inner Peace: The Essential Life and Teachings (His Holiness the Dalai Lama)

I’ve been an admirer of the Dalai Lama for some time now, even before I became a Buddhist, and that admiration only increased when I realized how well His Holiness can write and articulate his ideas.  The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Inner Peace was originally published in French in 1996, then in English in 2002; this particular edition is from Hampton Roads Publishing and became available last month.  Part memoir, part appeal, part teaching, this “little book” is a collection of thoughts, reflections, and lessons on a wide range of subjects from religion to overpopulation to education to technology and more.  As with his other writings, the Dalai Lama is able to pack a great deal of meaning and importance into just a few words. As a result, this book is best read as it is written: in short, paragraph bursts with time to really mull over the multiple implications of each section, making it a perfect text for meditations on the various topics contained in its pages. From Hampton Roads Publishing and available at your local, independent bookstore. (Tell ’em you saw it on Elephant Journal!)

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