Stages of Meditation

  • by The Dalai Lama
  • Narrated by Ken McLeod
  • 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Stages of Meditation is a commentary by the Dalai Lama on a rare text by ninth-century Indian Buddhist scholar Kamalashila. It is a favorite of the Dalai Lama's and he often teaches from this text because "on the basis of this knowledge you will be able to understand other treatises without great difficulty. This text can be like a key that opens the door to all other major Buddhist scriptures." Throughout the program, the Dalai Lama emphasizes the importance of the logical analysis of scriptures, even those in the Buddha's own words. Some teachings, he stresses, "should not be taken literally, but need interpretation." And interpretation is what the Dalai Lama presents in this clear and enjoyable commentary. Included are such familiar Buddhist themes as training the mind, compassion, the nature of suffering, and the practice of calm abiding. Those who practice meditation, whether Buddhist or not, will find this a thoughtful and practical guide, written with the Dalai Lama's characteristic warmth and gentleness.


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Good material but poor editing

In the course of my study of Tibetan Buddhism, I have read and listened to many books by the Dalai Lama. Most of them are very good but this one is average. The commentary is helpful and interesting, and the subject is intellectually challenging but the editing is poor. Several times during the recording, the reader repeats words or sentences seemingly by accident. I do not expect that this repetition was in the original text, it simply would not make sense. I also found the reader's delivery to be a bit too monotonous. Granted, many audio books on Buddhism are read this way but this reader was an extreme example. Overall, I thought the book was helpful in my practice but it is not exemplary.

As a side note, I would definitely not recommend this book to a beginner. The subject is somewhat advanced and would not benefit a reader that lacks a decent understanding of Tibetan Buddhism.
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- Bryan


Where does Stages of Meditation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top three.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The narrator, his tone and voice were very easy to understand.

Have you listened to any of Ken McLeod’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, this book made me search.

Any additional comments?

I'd like to share this quote from the book, "...there is no identity separate from the mind that perceives it."

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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2002
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio