Approaching the Buddhist Path

About The Book

The first volume in a multi-volume collection presenting the Dalai Lama’s comprehensive explanation of the Buddhist path.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been publicly teaching Buddhism for decades. This series collects his presentations of every step of the path to enlightenment, compiled and coauthored by one of his chief Western disciples, the American nun Thubten Chodron.

The Buddha wanted his students to investigate, to see for themselves whether what he said were true. As a student of the Buddha, the Dalai Lama promotes the same spirit of investigation, and as the rich tradition of the Buddha makes its way into new lands and cultures, His Holiness has recognized that new approaches are needed to allow seekers in the West to experience the relevance of the liberating message in their own lives. Such an approach cannot assume listeners are free from doubt and already have faith in Buddhism’s basic tenets. The Library of Wisdom and Compassion series, therefore, starts from the universal human wish for happiness and presents the dynamic nature of the mind. This first volume also provides a wealth of reflections on Buddhist history and fundamentals, contemporary issues, and the Dalai Lama’s own personal experiences. It stands alone as an introduction to Buddhism, but it also provides a foundation for the systematic illumination of the path in the volumes to come. 

The Library of Wisdom and Compassion collects the Dalai Lama’s decades of presentations of every step of the path to enlightenment. It has been compiled and coauthored by one of his chief Western disciples, the American nun Thubten Chodron.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (August 15, 2017)
  • Length: 360 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781614294573

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Raves and Reviews

“An excellent and intellectually stimulating introduction to the Buddhist way of life.”

– Publishers Weekly

“We are living in an era when religion and science appear to be at odds and neither relates deeply to philosophy, and when many people regard all three—religion, science, and philosophy—as having little bearing on their own personal lives or on real-world economic and political crises. In this series of volumes, beginning with Approaching the Buddhist Path, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with the capable assistance of Bhiksuni Thubten Chodron, illuminates a path of awakening that is deeply integrative and utterly relevant to all the challenges that face humanity in the twenty-first century. Presented here is an authentic path to freedom from suffering and its inner causes and to tapping into the full potential of consciousness—our own Buddha-nature. There can be no greater gift than this.”

– B. Alan Wallace, president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and author of The Attention Revolution

“A distillation of all Buddhist wisdom, Approaching the Buddhist Path covers its history, philosophy and meditation. Flowing in limpid language and powered by the dynamic reasoning of eminent Dharma authorities, it is suitable for all readers, beginner and advanced.”

– Tulku Thondup, author of The Heart of Unconditional Love

“It’s truly wonderful that His Holiness and Thubten Chodron are collaborating to produce this much-needed series of books on the Lam Rim designed for a modern audience. These books will be highly beneficial for teachers and students alike!”

– Kathleen McDonald, author of How to Meditate

“Continuing the fruitful collaboration they began with Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions, H.H. the Dalai Lama and Ven. Thubten Chodron here provide the perfect entry-point for people drawn to the Buddhadharma but uncertain how to understand and practice it in a modern context. Like the great Lam Rim (stages-of-the-path) texts of Tibet, Approaching the Buddhist Path guides readers toward the Dharma by directly addressing their own values, interests, and qualms, utilizing wisdom, sensitivity, and humor to pave the way for confident engagement with the Buddha's teaching. As the debut volume in His Holiness and Ven. Chodron's 8-part Library of Wisdom and Compassion series, Approaching the Buddhist Path leaves us both richly satisfied and anticipating with delight what will come next.

– Roger Jackson, John W. Nason Professor of Asian Studies and Religion, Emeritus, Carleton College

“This series reflects the fruition of the Dalai Lama’s mind in full maturation. He pushes the boundary of the traditional presentation of the path, thereby paving the way for us. Wherever he goes, we can safely go. Thanks to his unequaled spiritual authority, he may be one of the few, maybe the only, who could do such a thing. His kindness in doing so is profound.” 

– Fabienne Pradelle, Executive Director, Vajrapani Institute for Wisdom Culture

More books in this series: The Library of Wisdom and Compassion