How to Be Compassionate

  • by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Jeffrey Hopkins, Ph.D. (editor and translator)
  • Narrated by Jeffrey Hopkins, Ph.D.
  • 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The surest path to true happiness lies in being intimately concerned with the welfare of others. Or, as His Holiness the Dalai Lama would say, in compassion.
In How to Be Compassionate, His Holiness reveals basic mistakes of attitude that lead us to inner turmoil, and how we can correct them to achieve a better tomorrow. He demonstrates precisely how opening our hearts and minds to other people is the best way to overcome the misguided ideas that are at the root of all our problems. He shows us how compassion can be a continuous wellspring of happiness in our own lives and how our newfound happiness can extend outward from us in ever wider and wider circles.
As we become more compassionate human beings, our friends, family, neighbors, loved ones—and even our enemies—will find themselves less frequently in the thrall of destructive emotions like anger, jealousy, and fear, prompting them to become more warmhearted, kind, and harmonious forces within their own circles. With simple language and startling clarity, His Holiness makes evident as never before that the path to global harmony begins in the hearts of individual women and men. Enlivened by personal anecdotes and intimate accounts of the Dalai Lama’s experiences as a student, thinker, political leader, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, How to Be Compassionate gives seekers of all faiths the keys to overcoming anger, hatred, and selfishness— the primary obstacles to happiness—and to becoming agents of positive transformation in our communities and the world at large.


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Listen, Learn, Practice, Repeat

Would you listen to How to Be Compassionate again? Why?

I have been an on and off practitioner of Buddhism for about 20 years now, so this review is biased, but in this case I don't think that bias is going to harm anyone who might listen to this audiobook because of this review. I will listen to this audiobook again and again, repeatedly, because I do want to learn how to get back to that place where I was a more compassionate human being. The only way to do that is through practice.

What about Jeffrey Hopkins, Ph.D.’s performance did you like?

I think Dr. Hopkins did a fine reading of the material and I am extremely picky about the readers performances.

Any additional comments?

I believe this is a book for everyone, regardless of faith. If we all could practice just a little more compassion, I think the world would be a much nicer place.

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- K. Roth

Logical, clear, and beautiful.

As expected from any material from the Dalai Lama, this book was clear, logical, and not pretentious. the book doesn't just cover on how to be more compassionate towards others, but how it helps us grow, why we should being compassionate towards those who inflict suffering on ourselves and others, and how compassion plays a significant part an hour journey to be free of suffering. I would say that while the narrator was clear and very fitting for the book, he spoke very slowly. I listened at 1.4 speed, generally. Great book, well done narration and highly recommended!
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- Yuri Goo.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio