How to See Yourself As You Really Are by Dalai Lama

How to See Yourself As You Really Are

By Dalai Lama

  • Release Date: 2012-03-31
  • Genre: Buddhism
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Full of insights and very practical, this important book by the Dalai Lama shows that self-knowledge is the key to personal development and creating positive relationships

How to See Yourself As You Really Are is based on a fundamental Buddhist belief that love and insight work together to bring about enlightenment, like two wings of a bird. It provides a new perspective on the psychological problems of hurting ourselves through misguided, exaggerated notions of self, others, events and physical things. It shows how even our senses deceive us, drawing us into unwise attachments and negative actions that can only come back to haunt us in the future.

Drawing on wisdom and techniques refined in Tibetan monasteries for more than a thousand years, and adopting as its structure traditional Buddhist steps of meditative reflection, How to See Yourself As You Really Are includes practical exercises and gives readers a clear path to assess their growth and personal development.

The book is enlivened throughout with warm personal anecdotes and intimate accounts of the Dalai Lama's experiences as a life-long student, a meditator, a political leader and an international figure working with other Nobel Peace Laureates to address crises around the world.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibet. Today, he lives in exile in Northern India and works tirelessly on behalf of the Tibetan people, as well as travelling the world to give spiritual teachings to sell-out audiences. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.


  • Not for the entry-level Buddhist

    By Al Luke
    I'm not a Buddhist, but like to read what the Dalai Lama has to say. His teachings and Buddhism in general I find are beneficial in a modern secular world. This the second book by HH Dalai Lama that I've read, the first being The Art of Happiness. As a psychology graduate I found the Art of happiness quite a bit more appealing and much easier to read. I found this a little repetitive, however I found a solid progression throughout the book and whilst I thought it was repetitive on deeper analysis found everything to delve just a little bit deeper into "inherent existence" as the book progressed. There is a lot to be learned from this book, however as someone only reading his 2nd book on Buddhism, I might recommend something a bit lighter.