The Path to Freedom

The Path to Freedom (Freedom in Exile & Ancient Wisdom, Modern World) by His Holiness The Dalai Lama

One of the first books I read on His Highness The Dalai Lama.   This book found me in a random bookstore in Beirut during a time of questioning and it was one of the first spiritual books I ever read. The Path to Freedom is actually 2 books combined in one.

Part 1 (Freedom in Exile) is an autobiography of Tenzin Gyatso, a person we all know as 14th The Dalai Lama. In his own words, he takes us through his life, from being recognized as an incarnation of the previous Dalai Lamas to being enthroned as the Supreme Spiritual Leader of Tibet. He describes the struggle of keeping Tibet free, to the invasion of China, to escaping and living in exile in India. He describes the mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism, Tibet’s continued struggle for independence, and the importance of living in peace in today’s world. Highly Inspiring.

Part 2 (Ancient Wisdom, Modern World) deals with our quest for happiness as humans in today’s world, and how certain ethics of restraint, virtue, compassion etc can play a role in our life.   He simply tries to define a few truths that have transcended time and space, science and technology, and how it can provide us with the tools to live a happy and compassionate life, full of love and meaning. It is not based on religious principles, but rather the universal principles of life.

Rating: 7 / 10

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