A Profound Mind

Cultivating Wisdom in Everyday Life
The Dalai Lama. A Profound Mind: Cultivating Wisdom in Everyday Life. Harmony: Crown. Oct. 2011. c.160p. ed. by Nicholas Vreeland. ISBN 9780385514675. $23. REL
The Dalai Lama (In My Own Words) is one of the most respected spiritual leaders and popular authors of our time. His industry—and the industry of those around him who place his ideas and writings before the reading public—is admirable, to say the least. This volume contains carefully edited versions of several talks the Dalai Lama gave between 2003 and 2007 on the Buddhist doctrine of selflessness, especially as seen in several ancient texts. These addresses are fascinating but not for the beginner—here, the Dalai Lama speaks as a Buddhist to other Buddhists.
VERDICT This volume, for all its rather scholarly approach, perhaps suggests the Dalai Lama at his most sincere. Recommended for convinced and experienced Buddhists and larger religious libraries. With an afterword by Richard Gere. [See Prepub Alert, 4/25/11.]
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