Saturday, June 5, 2010
In How to Practice, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama presents the path to achieving enlightenment in these instructions for those seeking to follow the teachings of Shakymuni Buddha. The book is written for practitioners of all levels from those who are curious or just beginning with meditation to an explanation of the philosophy of mind and emptiness for those further along there path. I thoroughly enjoyed every chapter. This title will be one I return to on a regular basis for guidance and wisdom. The book is separated into sections that correspond to a practitioner's ability to gain understanding starting with morality. Behavior and ethics are discussed as related to the 4 Noble Truth, Refuge and the ethical precepts taken by Buddhists. He then moves on to explaining meditation and the types and methods for cultivating your practice. The final section expounds upon the essence of emptiness and wisdom with an explanation of the Heart Sutra and then briefly explains Deity Yoga and Tantra and their relationship to the path. This to me is a must have title for everyone seeking to understand the teachings of Buddhism.