This really is a life changing book. Geshe Kelsang manages to explain even the most profound teachings in ways that the western reader can immediately identify with and understand. I have read many Buddhist works and all of them have been helpful in my understanding of these teachings in one way or another. But this book, gently and with pristine clarity, shows the "armchair Buddhist" how to actually connect with Buddha's teachings in a realistic and deeply personal way. Don't pass up this book, it delivers big time.