The Art of Happiness

The Art of Happiness

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by Dalai Lama, Howard C. Cutler
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1573221112

ISBN-13: 9781573221115

Pub. Date: 10/28/1998

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Dalai Lama show us how to defeat day-to-day insecurity, anger, and discouragment. Together with Dr. Cutler, he ores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life's obstacles on a deep and abiding source inner peace.

The Art of Happiness is a book that crosseexpls the

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Dalai Lama show us how to defeat day-to-day insecurity, anger, and discouragment. Together with Dr. Cutler, he ores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life's obstacles on a deep and abiding source inner peace.

The Art of Happiness is a book that crosseexpls the boundaries of traditions to help readers with difficulties common to all human beings.

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ISBN-13:
9781573221115
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
8.56(w) x 5.86(h) x 1.08(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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The Art of Happiness 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is suppose to represent the Dalai Lama's views on happiness. Readers should know right off the bat that the Dalai Lama didn't actually write this book. Rather, the book is written by a Western psychiatrist who has had extensive converations with His Holiness. To insure that there were no "inadvertant distortions" of the Dalai Lama's ideas as a result of the editorial process, the Dalai Lama's interpreter reviewed the final manuscript. You be the judge as to whether that means this there was nothing "lost in translation".

So who is this Dalai Lama, aka "His Holiness" anyway? And, why should we read a book about happiness by him? Well, the Dalai Lama is the spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people according to Tibetan Buddhism- which in my book makes him a person I'd want to listen to when he talks, especially when it's on one of my favorite subjects, happiness. And if this all sounds like an interesting topic for a book, you should read it- you won't be disappointed.

Now this is the kind of book I could write a long review of- simply because there's just so much wisdom packed into it. But, I think I'll take a short-cut with this one and just hit the highlights.

The Dalai Lama believes that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. Other happiness books have also taken this same position. For example, the book "Finding Happiness in a Frustrating World" refers to happiness as "the ultimate pursuit". On this most will agree, but what exactly does the Dalai Lama tell us about finding it?

As with most of his ideas on things, the concept is clear and simple: happiness can be achieved through training the mind. According to the Dalai Lama, one begins by identifying those factors which lead to happiness, and those factors which lead to suffering.

Having done this, one then sets about gradually eliminating those factors which lead to suffering and cultivating those which lead to happiness. That is the way.

To that end, that's exactly what makes up the majority of this book's pages- ways to eliminate factors in your life that lead to suffering, and learning to foster those factors that lead to happiness. Some specific topics include:

-facing suffering
-dealing with anger, hatred, and anxiety
-building self-esteem
-deepening your connection to others

When all is said and done, I'd have to say that the time you spend mulling over the book's 300-plus pages is going to be well worth it. For most readers, the Dalai Lama's wisdom and views will probably be very beneficial, if not transforming. Happy trails!
dfluyau More than 1 year ago
Read it, please.Life is worth living.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great ways to to view the negative parts of life and turn them into a positive! Definitely helps change the way I look at life. Great to know that there is another way of life & internal happiness is achievable!
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