The Meaning of Life

  • by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Narrated by Ken McLeod
  • 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Each of us struggles with the existential questions of meaning, purpose, and responsibility. In The Meaning of Life, the Dalai Lama examines these questions from the Buddhist perspective, skillfully guiding us to a clearer understanding which can liberate us from the prison of selfishness and suffering. The Dalai Lama bases his explanations on the Buddha's teachings of dependent arising, showing how every aspect of our suffering - unhappiness, pain, even old age and death - is ultimately rooted in our misunderstanding of our true nature.

Through detailed discussion and lively questions and answers, the teachings of The Meaning of Life address the myriad challenges we meet daily - dealing with aggression from both within and without, facing illness and helping someone who is dying, expanding our capacity to feel love for all beings, and reconciling personal responsibility with the doctrine of selflessness - all suffused with the Dalai Lama's incomparable intelligence, wit, and kindness.


What the Critics Say

"Studded with jewels...[The Meaning of Life] brings together the theory of Buddhist teachings and the practice of ordinary life." (Shambhala Sun)


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Ignorance leads to rebirth

It is not introduction to Buddhism but an in depth analysis of rebirth and karma. The book details on how ignorance leads to other causes and effect resulting in rebirth. Rebirth can be avoided by overcoming ignorance and enlightening like Buddha. But the concept is not easy to understand. I have to read the book three or four times to get a good understanding. If you have patience, interest in spirituality and Buddhism, then the book may of interest to you.
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- Lakshmanan M

can't be a novice

This isn't the right book for a multi-tasker to listen to. I never could get on the same plane of thought and consequently didn't finish the book yet even though I've started it over at least 3 times since downloading it. I don't recommenend this for the light reader or novice spiritualist.
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- Jayna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-27-2001
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio