Author: Sherry Helms
Every time you see him, you find him smiling, beaming positive energy and emitting a never-ending ray of hope. He’s the His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, a unique mix of a spiritual teacher and a political leader, a Nobel Prize winner, and a extremely sought-after speaker and statesman. July, 6, 1935 is the day when this holy spirit born to enlighten the rest of the world about humanity and happiness.
Today, on his birth anniversary, we pay our tribute to H H the Dalai Lama for his noble attempts at finding a meeting ground between Buddhist philosophy and practice and scientific research. Results of his quest for bringing humanity and science at a common place can be seen or read in books that he has authored so far – though in most cases he had a co-writer for an impeccable presentation of the thoughts. Out of all the books penned by Dalai Lama, we have picked the top 5 life transforming titles and compiled them in a list for our readers that goes like this:
The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living – This is the book that initiated the genre of happiness books, and it remains the cornerstone of the field of positive psychology. Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Howard Cutler, he explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life’s obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace.
The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality – Galileo, Copernicus, Newton, Niels Bohr, Einstein. Their insights shook our perception of who we are and where we stand in the world, and in their wake they have left an uneasy coexistence: science vs. religion and faith vs. empirical inquiry. Which is the keeper of truth? Which is the true path to understanding reality?
After forty years of study with some of the greatest scientific minds, as well as a lifetime of meditative, spiritual, and philosophic study, the Dalai Lama presents a brilliant analysis of why all avenues of inquiry – scientific as well as spiritual – must be pursued in order to arrive at a complete picture of the truth. Through an examination of Darwinism and karma, quantum mechanics and philosophical insight into the nature of reality, neurobiology and the study of consciousness, the Dalai Lama draws significant parallels between contemplative and scientific examinations of reality.
How to Practice : The Way to a Meaningful Life – As human beings, we all share the desire for happiness and meaning in our lives. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the ability to find true fulfillment lies within each of us. In this very special book, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, Nobel Prize winner, and bestselling author helps readers embark upon the path to enlightenment with a stunning illumination of the timeless wisdom and an easy-access reference for daily practice. This accessible book will guide you toward opening your heart, refraining from doing harm, and maintaining mental tranquility as the Dalai Lama shows you how to overcome everyday obstacles, from feelings of anger and mistrust to jealousy, insecurity, and counterproductive thinking.
How to See Yourself As You Really Are – According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, we each possess the ability to achieve happiness and a meaningful life, but the key to realizing that goal is self-knowledge. In this thought provoking book, the Dalai Lama shows readers how to recognize and dispel misguided notions of self and embrace the world from a more realistic and loving perspective. Through illuminating explanations and step-by-step exercises, His Holiness helps readers to see the world as it actually exists, and explains how, through the interconnection of meditative concentration and love, true altruistic enlightenment is attained.
An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life – Compassion –sympathy for the suffering of others and the desire to free them from it — is wrestled with in all spiritual traditions. Yet how does one actually become a compassionate person? What are the mechanisms by which a selfish heart is transformed into a generous heart? In this acclaimed bestseller, His Holiness the Dalai Lama writes simply and powerfully about the everyday Buddhist practice of compassion, offering a clear, practical, inspiring introduction to the Buddhist path to enlightenment.