Further Study

This course draws upon many sources of the Dalai Lama's published and recorded teachings.

The primary source for the Dalai Lama's teachings on ethics is Ethics for the New Millennium.

Ethics for the New Millennium
(Riverhead Books, 2001)



This course also draws upon His Holiness's teachings in The Art of Happiness.

The Art of Happiness
(Riverhead Books, 2001)



Other relevant materials by the Dalai Lama include:

A Simple Path: Basic Buddhist Teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
(Thorsons, 2003)

The Dalai Lama's teachings on the Four Noble Truths.

How to Expand Love: Widening the Circle of Loving Relationships
(Atria, 2006)

In the primer on love and compassion, the Dalai Lama discusses the importance of giving and receiving love as the quintessential step to achieving a life of true happiness and fulfillment. He offers guidelines and illustrative examples from his own life that instruct readers on how to move away from self-centered egotistic concerns and habitual tendencies to rigidly judge and categorize others, in order to become more compassionate and accepting of everyone we encounter throughout the day. To assist this process, he also shares a seven-step process of exercises and techniques from Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

The Compassionate Life
(Wisdom, 2003)

A collection of writings that hones in on the Dalai Lama's most fundamental belief: that the purpose of life is to be happy. And one of the main ways to be happy is to practice love and compassion. The collection begins with a motivational discussion about cultivating love and compassion then moves onto specific techniques for doing so. Further along, the Dalai Lama integrates compassionate living with lessons on "The Bodhisattva Way" and "The Eight Verses for Training the Mind" (which delve into handling negative emotions and recognizing the illusion of reality).

Healing Anger: The Power of Patience from a Buddhist Perspective
(Snow Lion, 1997)

Drawing on a chapter from an important Buddhist classic, Shantideva's "Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life," the Dalai Lama helps readers examine how anger arises to destroy much that is positive and good, proposing that gentleness is fundamental to human nature. Through active self-discipline, and not meekness as is commonly misunderstood, we can transform anger through compassion and to be reconciled with ourselves and others.

The Path to Happiness

This DVD presents three programs including:

The Power of Compassion encourages us to forget our differences and focus on how we are fundamentally the same. So begins the path of compassion. Compassionate people are happier, calmer and healthier and create a pleasant environment for the family and community.

Compassion: The Basis of Human Happiness goes into greater detail of how cultivating compassion for ourselves and others creates happiness. This allows us to be more sincere in our lives and allows others to do the same.

Ethics and the World Crisis: A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama

This DVD presents the Dalai Lama in discussion with renowned journalists, economists, environmentalists and politicians. Featuring: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Amy Goodman, Dennis Kucinich, Susan Sarandon, Rev. Al Sharpton, Russell Simmons, Robert Thurman.

Compassion in Exile

An intimate portrait of the Dalai Lama. His life story is an inspiring lesson in compassion and peace.


Ashoka courses relevant to these teachings include:

12 Links of Dependent Arising
Taught by The Dalai Lama (with commentary and translation by Jeffrey Hopkins)

Cultivating Compassion
Taught by Jeffrey Hopkins

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