The Wisdom of Compassion: Stories of Remarkable Encounters and Timeless Insights

The Wisdom of Compassion: Stories of Remarkable Encounters and Timeless Insights

by Dalai Lama, Victor Chan

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This is the Dalai Lama at his most human, and most humane, offering rare insight and behind-the-scenes stories about his interactions with remarkable people from all walks of life. Don't miss the Dalai Lama's classic book, The Art of Happiness, or his newest, The Book of Joy, named one of Oprah's Favorite Things. 

The Wisdom of Compassion shows how His Holiness the Dalai Lama approaches the world with playfulness, optimism, and a profound empathy for the suffering of others. Through his own conduct, he shows us the tangible benefits of practicing kindness, forgiveness and compassion. And he demonstrates that opening our hearts and minds to others is the surest path to true happiness.

The Wisdom of Compassion
is an intensely personal portrait of the Dalai Lama. It recounts the story of his friendship with a blind Irishman, how they first met and how in later meetings the Dalai Lama comes to call him his one and only hero. It explores the Dalai Lama’s collaboration with a neuroscientist and how it results in significant discoveries about the human brain. It also brings to life poignant accounts of his uncommon encounters with a little beggar girl, a disabled boy in a critical care ward, a man who trains grandmothers to become solar engineers, and many others.

The Dalai Lama’s wisdom principles revolve around the practical application of compassion. Enhanced by his seven decades of practice and elucidated through captivating anecdotes of his own experiences, they will help readers lead more fulfilling lives. As the Dalai Lama has written many years ago: if you want others to be happy, practice compassion; if you want yourself to be happy, practice compassion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101602065
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/27/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 694 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. His tireless efforts on behalf of human rights and world peace have brought him international recognition. He is the recipient of the Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Human Rights Award, the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2006, His Holiness was recognized with Honorary Citizenship by the Governor General of Canada.

Victor Chan is the author of the Tibet Handbook: A Pilgrimage Guide. Together with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he co-authored The Wisdom of Forgiveness: Intimate Conversations and Journeys (Riverhead, 2004). In 2005 he founded the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education in Vancouver with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Table of Contents

Preface: What the Dalai Lama Knows for Sure xi

Introduction: Kira's Prostrations 1

I Overcoming Adversity

The Red Chair 13

Now Here, Three Fingers 21

A Matter of Karma 32

The Wrong End of the Binoculars 44

Ex-Prisoners, Terrorists, and a Murderer 54

To Kill a Stranger 64

A Passing Cloud 75

A Gift for the Dalai Lama 85

II Educating The Heart

Lucy and Ting 95

God Is Not a Christian 104

A Fireside Chat 113

Ninety Percent Projection 125

The Incredible Stillness of a Penalty Shoot-out 136

The Magic Trick 146

Educating the Heart 158

A Gentleman from Bangladesh 168

A Teacher in Soweto 177

III Compassion In Action

Monks in the Machine 187

A Boy from Doon 200

A Beautiful Dalai Lama 210

The Yellow Holy Whip 223

The Little Beggar Girl 231

Only One Rock Star 240

Acknowledgments 251

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"Chan provides an insider’s account of the spiritual master’s teachings at venues large and small....  Leaving intact the Dalai Lama’s distinctive English, Chan vividly conveys the world leader’s intense curiosity, intelligence, explosive laughter, keen wisdom, and kindness; his account of the Dalai Lama’s conversation with Archbishop Desmond Tutu crackles with energy. Throughout, His Holiness incisively conveys his core teaching that inner transformation is key to alleviating suffering and bringing peace to a violent world. He also listens intently to innovators who are committed to the same goals. Details provide immediacy; carefully placed background information gives context. These inspiring dialogues communicate His Holiness’s worldwide appeal and essential commitment to compassion." — Publishers Weekly

“Tales of kindness and understanding from the Dalai Lama…[Readers] will come away with a better sense of the importance of communication, forgiveness and empathy, regardless of the circumstances.” – Kirkus Reviews

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