clear and concise
This book is one of the better introductions to Buddhism by His Holiness. Instead of a transcribed teaching, he actually penned this volume himself with help from Donald Lopez, and it is therefore more complete and well-thought out.
I recommend this book to beginning and advanced practitioners, as well as someone just getting interested in Buddhism. His style is direct and reflects the wisdom he shares with the world. He covers all major points of Buddhism and explains them in a very understandable way.