Recommended Dalai Lama Books

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Listed below are books and publications written to deepen your knowledge of, and to spread His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s message of compassion and loving kindness.

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An Appeal to the World
Lessons for peace to heal our world

In the International Bestseller, An Appeal to the World, the Dalai Lama illuminates the way to peace in our time, arguing for a form of universal ethics that goes beyond religion – values we all share as humans that can help us create unity and peace to heal our world.

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The Art Of Happiness

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living is a practical, inspirational guide that combines the wisdom of the Dalai Lama’s eastern spiritual tradition with human happiness expert Dr Howard C. Cutler’s western perspective.

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Becoming Enlightened

In this thoughtful and essential book, the Dalai Lama offers a series of practical tools to lead each and every one of us further along the path to enlightenment. He gently guides us through a process founded in ancient Buddhist wisdom that will help us make sense of our lives today.

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The Seed of Compassion

In his new book, ‘The Seed of Compassion’, His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses children directly, sharing lessons of peace and compassion, told through stories of his own childhood.

With simple, powerful text, the Dalai Lama shares the universalist teachings of treating one another with compassion, which Bao Luu illustrates beautifully in vibrant colour.

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Beyond Religion

In this thought-provoking book, the Dalai Lama argues that religion is not a necessity for pursuing a spiritual life. Rather, focusing on tolerance and understanding between religions, as well as tolerance and understanding between believers (of any faith) and non-believers is the way forward.

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The Book of Joy

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression.

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A Call for Revolution – a vision for the future

I call on you to confront the challenges of our era by rising up and embarking upon a revolution that has no precedent in human history. 

This eloquent, urgent manifesto is possibly the most important message the Dalai Lama can give us about the future of our world.

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How to Practice

How To Practise is a major inspirational work. It is broken down into the basic steps to enlightenment: how to practise morality, how to practise meditation, and how to practise wisdom – at the same time, delving deeper into the Dalai Lama’s more general Buddhist teachings, his spirit, wisdom and sense of humour.

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How to see Yourself as you Really Are

How to See Yourself As You Really Are is based on a fundamental Buddhist notion that love and insight work together to bring about enlightenment, like two wings of a bird. It provides a new perspective on the psychological problems of hurting ourselves through misguided, exaggerated notions of self, others, events and physical things.

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His Holiness

In His Holiness, award-winning photographer Raghu Rai has captured the Dalai Lama’s journey in India since exile from Tibet in 1959. Rai presents an intimate photographic portrayal of the life of one of the most popular twentieth-century spiritual leaders..

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The Dalai Lama – The Biography

The Dalai Lama’s message of peace and compassion resonates with people of all faiths and none. Yet, for all his worldwide fame, he remains personally elusive. Now, Alexander Norman, acclaimed Oxford-trained scholar of the history of Tibet, delivers the definitive biography—unique, multi-layered, and at times even shocking.

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The Open Road

For over three decades, Pico Iyer, one of our most cherished travel writers, has been a friend to the Dalai Lama. Over these years through intimate conversations, he has come to know him in a way that few can claim. Here he paints an unprecedented portrait of one of the most singular figures of our time.

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Who is the Dalai Lama?

Two-year-old Lhamo Thondup never imagined he would be anything other than an ordinary child, but after undergoing a series of tests, he was proclaimed the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.

For Ages: 8 – 12 years old

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