Awakening Dignity: A Guide to Living a Life of Deep Fulfillment

Shambhala Publications. Dec. 2022. 240p. ISBN 9781645470885. pap. $21.95. REL
Famed Tibetan Buddhist master Rinpoche and co-author Wu (history, Agnes Scott Coll.) posit that discovering intrinsic dignity is key to recognizing and accepting one’s inherent worth, a process that subsequently enables people to achieve the goal of helping others. This recognition is integral to who people are and what they do in their lives. Rinpoche, ordained by the Dalai Lama, draws on Buddhist concepts and teachings, as well as his own personal accounts, to convey the necessity for readers to experience and know their actual self. This is accomplished by working to know one’s mind and how it functions. Arranged in three parts: “Your Nature Is Pure,” “You Can Change,” and “Gaining Certainty and Trust,” each chapter concludes with “Dignity Training” exercises, such as breathing and visualization techniques, and “Inspirational Support,” which features relevant quotations to further motivate the reader.
VERDICT A hopeful and easily accessible handbook written with clarity and authenticity, for those interested in exploring Buddhist teachings or simply hoping to improve the quality of their own lives and the lives of others.
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