Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Buddhism Review

Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Buddhism Review

dalai lama's little book of buddhism

Book Title: Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Buddhism
Author: His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing
Year Published: Revised edition 2015
Pages: 224
Paperback Price: $ 9.95
Kindle Price: $7.96

This book contains quotations by the Dalai Lama, which were collected and edited by Renuka Singh with a Foreword written by eminent Buddhist teacher Robert Thurman.

There are many quotes out there attributed to the Dalai Lama that he never said, so it’s good to have a definitive guide of stuff that he actually said.  These quotes really display the Dalai Lama’s gathering which is truly that of a bodhisattva.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is also the author of book on Buddhism and interfaith dialogue such as “The Wisdom of Compassion”, “Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World”, “Toward a True Kinship of Faiths”, and “The Heart of Meditation”.

Book Summary

The book is essentially a collection of quotes on various Buddhist teachings attributed to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.  The focus of this book is to work and love together no matter what our religion is.  You don’t have to convert to Buddhism in order to gain benefit from Buddhist philosophy and practices and in fact the Dalai Lama discourages people from trying to convert to Buddhism.

  1. “The common enemy of all religious disciplines is selfishness of mind. For it is just this which causes ignorance, anger, and passion, which are at the root of all the troubles of the world”
  2. “Through actual practice in his daily life, man well fulfills the aim of all religion, whatever his denomination”
  3. “According to Buddhist practice, there are three states or steps. The initial stage is to reduce attachment towards life.  The second stage is the elimination of desire and attachment to this samsara.  Then in the third stage, self-cherishing is eliminated.”
  4. “In the beginning of Buddhist practice, our ability to serve others is limited. The emphasis is on healing ourselves, transforming our minds and hearts.  But as we continue, we become stronger and increasingly able to serve others.”
  5. “Even when we are helping others and are engaged in charity work, we should not regard ourselves in a very haughty way as great protectors benefitting the weak.”
  6. “The metaphor of light is a common image in all the major religious traditions. In the Buddhist context, light is particularly associated with wisdom and knowledge; darkness is associated with ignorance and a state of mis-knowledge.”

 My Critique

This is a pretty simple book and is a great book for those who are just beginning walking the Buddhist path or for those who are interested in learning more about the Buddhist path.

This is a simple book to read and you can use it for day to day contemplation and meditation, or you can read through it and come back to it later.  This is definitely a book that I come back to on a regular basis because it explains Buddhist teachings in a simple manner.


As I’ve said before, and like many of the Dalai Lama’s books, this is a good beginners book that I would recommend to all who are interested in learning more about the teachings of the Buddha.  Thanks for reading my review of “Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Buddhism” and be sure to pick up your own copy of the book.

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8 Responses to Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Buddhism Review

  1. Sarah says:

    Does it also talk about the life of the Dalai Lama? I’ve always heard wonderful things about him but I truly don’t know much about him at all. I do like reading his quotes and delving further into his wisdom on life. But I’d like to know more about his life and beliefs. Do you have a book you can recommend on that? I appreciate it, thanks!

  2. ches says:

    Out of all the ‘religions’ or shall I say, ways of life, the Buddhist way is, in my humble opinion, the best, most tailor made and wisest.
    I have a wonderful friend living in the US who is a Buddhist and he has enlightened me and shown me ways to cope with the trials and tribulations of living in this modern and sometimes cruel and stressful world.
    This book is an ideal way to introduce Buddhism into your life.
    It’s not difficult to start on the road to Buddhism, you can take your time and it actually melds to your own way of living and you can utilize this way of life to benefit and integrate what you want in life. You can take it as far as you want to, you are totally in control and that’s the beauty of the wonderful spirit of Buddhism. Thanks for the review. Ches

  3. MCNinja says:

    As a practicing Buddhist and great admirer of the Dalai Lama, I picked up this book not too long ago and have found it to be a handy reference when I need to recenter myself.
    The wisdom contained within is invaluable, and I hope more people take the time to study this, irregardless of their current faith.
    Thank you for sharing!

    • Ian H says:

      Thanks for your comment! And thanks for sharing your experience with it. You’re absolutely right, it is a handy reference.

  4. coughlanmaureen says:

    I like this website as I know very little about Buddhism and I like to learn about different religions and cultures.
    I enjoyed reading the quotes you incorporated into this article as it gave the reader a preview of what the book contains.
    This would be ideal book for me to read as it would introduce me to the principles of budhesim in a simple way.

    • Ian H says:

      Thanks for the feedback! This is definitely a great book if you want to learn about the Dharma (teachings of the Buddha)

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