“Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace": First Edition of The Dalai Lama's An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life; Signed by Him

  • An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life.

An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life.

Item Number: 48093

Boston: Little Brown and Company, 2001.

First edition. Octavo, original boards. Signed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Edited by Nicholas Vreeland. Afterword by Khyongla Rato and Richard Gere.

Dalai Lama progresses beyond his bestsellers The Art of Happiness and Ethics for the New Millennium by introducing specific practices that can engender happiness. Spiritual practice, according to the Dalai Lama, is a matter of taming unwanted emotions, which means becoming aware of how the mind works. Through the methods of analytical and settled meditation, the Dalai Lama shows how we can cultivate helpful states of mind and eliminate harmful states, leading us to develop compassion for others and happiness for ourselves. But there is no preaching of a single, right method. This revered but humble monk merely invites the reader to understand the causes of one's suffering and consider how best to alleviate it.