In this unique and important book, one of the world's great spiritual leaders - the Dalai Lama - offers his practical wisdom and advice in interviews with psychiatrist Dr Howard C Cutler. This weaving together of the Dalai Lama's eastern spiritual tradition with a western perspective has resulted in a highly stimulating, revealing and instructive dialogue of value to all westerners, whether or not they have any interest in Tibetan Buddhism. Indeed, the Dalai Lama goes out of his way to make his suggestions applicable to all, whatever their religious beliefs. Beginning with an explanation of the purpose of life and our common search for happiness, the book goes on to cover all the key areas of human experience - compassion, loneliness, friendship, love, marriage, conflict, suffering, anger and hatred, as well as honesty and tolerance. The Dalai Lama applies principles which he himself has found helpful in everyday life and reveals how one can find balance and complete mental and spiritual freedom. For the many who wish to understand more about the Dalai Lama's approach to living, there has never been a book which brings his beliefs so vividly into the real world.