TROUBLE IN TIBET – THE DALAI LAMA’S BIG BOOK OF HAPPINESS
Tibet is in ‘Trouble’. There is ‘Trouble in Tibet’. When there is ‘Trouble’, no man can think about ‘Happiness’. When there is ‘Trouble’, man thinks of overcoming the ‘Trouble’ and to get rid of ‘Trouble’. If those options are not available, man tries to live with ‘Trouble’ and tries to cope with ‘Trouble’. Ms. Renuka Singh of India is publishing a book titled “The Dalai Lama’s Big Book of Happiness: How to Live in Freedom, Compassion, and Love.” When there is this Big Trouble called ‘Occupation’, man cannot Live in Freedom. Let us all work together to resolve ‘Trouble in Tibet’.
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EDITING THE DALAI LAMA
By Jean E. Barker |
Feb 10, 2016
Renuka Singh’s curiosity about the nature of the mind led her to Buddhism
and eventually to a life-changing encounter with His Holiness the Dalai
Lama, followed by the opportunity to compile his speeches for publication,
including the newest title, The Dalai Lama’s Big Book of Happiness: How to
Live in Freedom, Compassion, and Love (Hampton Roads, March 1).
Singh, a native of New Delhi who grew up in a Sikh family, turned to
Buddhism while studying for her sociology doctorate and exploring “questions
regarding the mind,” including experiences with lucid dreaming, telepathy,
and transcendence. Today, the professor of sociology at New Delhi’s Centre
for the Study of Social Systems at Jawaharlal Nehru University describes
Buddhism as “the science of the mind,” as it answered her questions “in a
very comprehensive way and gave the ultimate authority to one’s experiential
In 1986, Singh met the Dalai Lama when she joined a small class he was
teaching in New Delhi. The meeting changed her life because “He said, ‘No
amount of reading will help, you have to start meditating,’” Singh said.
“That’s what I learned from him.”
Since 1993, Singh has been working with the Dalai Lama in her position as
director of New Delhi’s Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre, for which His
Holiness serves as spiritual guide. “Tushita used to organize his teaching
every year or every other year in Delhi, and so I thought I should bring
them out in the form of a book,” she said. Starting with 1998’s The Path to
Tranquility (Viking), Singh has worked on six volumes of His Holiness’s
collected teachings, which were originally in India and subsequently in
translated editions in other territories around the world. The books feature
lightly edited selected speeches by the Dalai Lama, and most are followed by
a verbatim Q&A session His Holiness had with the audience.
For The Dalai Lama’s Big Book of Happiness, Singh selected talks that the
spiritual leader gave from 2008 through 2012, which she organized by themes
such as forgiveness, compassion, reality, wisdom, and inner and outer peace.
They were chosen because they have wider appeal and address common themes
accessible to general audiences, rather than more obscure Buddhist
His key message, Singh said, is to “cultivate compassion, kindness, and
love, and to have a good heart.” The Dalai Lama’s appeal is so universal,
she said, “because he is trying to address people at a secular level. He’s
talking about the humane value[s]; they apply to everybody irrespective of
the religious background.”
Further, the Dalai Lama emphasizes that “fundamentally we are all the same,
we are all suffering, and we’re all seeking happiness,” Singh said.
“Therefore we need to actually cooperate with each other; we actually need
to take care of each other.”
Thirty years after their initial encounter, Singh continues to be influenced
by her interactions with the Dalai Lama. “The most rewarding aspect of
working with His Holiness is I feel very humbled and very content.” Singh
said. “He touches your heart.”
Bonni Hamilton, director of marketing and digital content at Red
Wheel/Weiser, which houses the Hampton Roads imprint, said that the March
title would be promoted in Buddhist publications, on websites such as
Patheos and Beliefnet, and through social media and other electronic means.
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