How To Be Compassionate

A Handbook for Creating Inner Peace and a Happier World
His Holiness the Dalai Lama. How To Be Compassionate: A Handbook for Creating Inner Peace and a Happier World. Atria: S. & S. Mar. 2011. c.147p. tr. from Tibetan & ed. by Jeffrey Hopkins. ISBN 9781451623901. $20. REL
The Dalai Lama's latest publication, with his former interpreter Hopkins (Tibetan & Buddhist studies, emeritus, Univ. of Virginia), does not dwell on his life or experience, as some of his more popular recent titles have done; nor does it address specifically Buddhist concerns or spirituality. Rather, the Dalai Lama works here from the Buddhist places (awareness, nonattachment) to speak to general readers about habits that make for unhappiness (anger, for one) and the attitudes that increase contentment.
VERDICT Light on politics and even lighter on the more abstruse points of Tibetan Buddhism, this is a fine and accessible book for the everyday reader; excellent for the self-help market.
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