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The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2004

    If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.

    Initially disappointed by the fact that the book is based on conversations between the Dalai Lama and the author, Howard C. Cutler, I still read the book objectively. IMHO, there are areas of the book where I feel I've been given a new perspective on happiness. For example, '...the enemy is the necessary condition for practicing patience.' (pg 179), and similar ways of looking at things differently was valuable for me. However, I can't help but think how much truth may have been lost in the translation between the Dalai Lama and the author. Observation is based on how he seems to over simplify the Dalai Lama's teachings using some of his personal experiences. I feel he could've done a better job getting the bigger picture across. Overall, an Ok book, but at the end of the day, you're getting Buddhist ideology translated by a Western mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2002

    The Dalai Lama Is Not The Author!

    you're better off reading books actually penned by the dalai lama himself. this book is too crowded with the well meaning ideas of its western writer. disconcerting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2002

    A treatise on happiness

    Always one to be skeptical of these kinds of collaborative book efforts, I think it's important to point out that 'The Art of Happiness' was written not by the Dalai Lama, but by Howard C. Cutler, a psychiatrist. Dr. Cutler weaves together exerpts from numerous conversations with the Dalai Lama spanning many years, and from public talks given throughout Arizona in 1993. The result is an enjoyable treatise on a topic of widespread importance: happiness (or the lack thereof).

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