El camino de la iluminación by the Dalai Lama

enero 17, 2010

Now available in Spanish, Becoming Enlightened by His Holiness the Dalai Lama returns to the cornerstone of Buddhism, laying out an accessible and practical approach to enlightenment.

He first presents the stages of Buddhist practices, which are aimed at increasing a person’s spiritual capacity. These reflections are formulated with step-by-step exercises to help readers expand their perspective, taking into account how present actions influence future experience. This shift to a longer range perspective—from concentrating on the pleasures of the moment to concern for the future—constitutes the first phase in transforming one’s spiritual perspective.

The next section deepens this perspective by exploring counterproductive emotions and how to overcome an exaggerated sense of your status, that of others, and that of objects of lust and hatred. The meditative steps presented in this section lead to direct realization of the true status of persons and objects so that, gradually, various levels of afflictive emotions are removed and replaced by positive emotions.

In the final section, the Dalai Lama paints a moving picture of the attitude of altruism that causes readers to expand to the highest level of spiritual endeavor. Here the emphasis is on developing totally unbiased compassion through a gradual series of cause-and-effect exercises. The Dalai Lama focuses on how to produce, maintain, and increase such a broad attitude while avoiding what undermines it.

Becoming Enlightened will provide readers with clear steps to mark their growth and progress, and comes alive through personal anecdotes and intimate accounts of the Dalai Lama’s experiences as a life-long student, a meditator, a political leader, and an international figure working with other Nobel Peace Laureates to address crises around the world.

En El camino de la iluminación, Su Santidad el Dalai Lama explora, de manera convincente, los fundamentos del budismo y presenta un enfoque accesible y práctico a interrogantes de todos los tiempos. Valiéndose de las tradicionales prácticas budistas de meditación, así como de prominentes ejemplos de la agitada actualidad mundial, presenta ejercicios creados para ampliar la capacidad de desarrollo espiritual del lector. También comparte sus propias experiencias como estudioso, pensador, líder político y ganador del Premio Nobel de la Paz.

Ateniéndonos a este marco espiritual, podemos aprender a sustituir los sentimientos que nos atribulan por actitudes positivas y a emprender el camino para lograr un estado elevado de conciencia — dentro de nosotros mismos y en el mundo. El camino de la iluminación le brinda a los que indagan — provenientes de todas las religiones — la sabiduría, el sostén y la inspiración que necesitamos para llegar a ser exitosos y realizados en nuestra vida espiritual.

Now available in Spanish, BECOMING ENLIGHTENED by his Holiness the Dalai Lama returns to the cornerstone of Buddhism, laying out an accessible and practical approach to enlightenment.

About the Author

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born in 1935 to a peasant family in northeastern Tibet and was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. The world’s foremost Buddhist leader, he travels extensively, speaking eloquently in favor of ecumenical understanding, kindness and compassion, respect for the environment, and, above all, world peace.

Jeffrey Hopkins, Ph.D., served for a decade as the interpreter for the Dalai Lama. A Buddhist scholar and the author of more than thirty-five books and translations, he is emeritus professor of Tibetan and Buddhist studies at the University of Virginia, where he founded the largest academic program of Tibetan Buddhist studies in the West.

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