Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha's Path

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In the same engaging style that has endeared him to readers of Mindfulness In Plain English, Bhante Gunaratana delves deeply into each step of the Buddha's most profound teaching on bringing an end to suffering: the noble eightfold path. With generous and specific advice, Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness offers skillful ways to handle anger, to find right livelihood, and to cultivate loving-friendliness in relationships with parents, children, and partners, as well as tools to overcome all the mental hindrances ...

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Overview

In the same engaging style that has endeared him to readers of Mindfulness In Plain English, Bhante Gunaratana delves deeply into each step of the Buddha's most profound teaching on bringing an end to suffering: the noble eightfold path. With generous and specific advice, Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness offers skillful ways to handle anger, to find right livelihood, and to cultivate loving-friendliness in relationships with parents, children, and partners, as well as tools to overcome all the mental hindrances that prevent happiness. Whether you are an experienced meditator or someone who's only just beginning, this gentle and down-to-earth guide will help you bring the heart of the Buddha's teachings into every aspect of your life.

A Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards finalist (Spirituality/Inspirational).

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Editorial Reviews

Larry Rosenberg
"Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness is the perfect companion to Mindfulness in Plain English. Written with the thoroughness and the masterful simplicity so characteristic of his teaching, Bhante Gunaratana presents essential guidelines for turning the Buddha's teachings on the Eightfold Path into living wisdom."
Sharon Salzberg
"Bhante Gunaratana's wonderful new book is a practical and personal guide for those truly interested in what it means to be happy."
Joseph Goldstein
"Clear and straightforward, the reader feels just how possible and practical it is to lead a happy life. Highly recommended."
From the Publisher

Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness is the perfect companion to Mindfulness in Plain English. Written with the thoroughness and the masterful simplicity so characteristic of his teaching, Bhante Gunaratana presents essential guidelines for turning the Buddha's teachings on the Eightfold Path into living wisdom.”—Larry Rosenberg, author of Breath by Breath

“Bhante Gunaratana's wonderful new book is a practical and personal guide for those truly interested in what it means to be happy.”—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness

“Clear and straightforward, the reader feels just how possible and practical it is to lead a happy life. Highly recommended.”—Joseph Goldstein, author of Insight Meditation

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the books for Buddhist beginners that now crowd the shelves it is common to find explications of the faith's various tenets serving to structure and sometimes to title the works. Typically then, in Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness, Gunaratana, who is the Buddhist chaplain at American University and the president of the Bhavana Society in the Shenandoah Valley of West Virginia, delves into the "Eightfold Path" of understanding, thinking, speech, action, livelihood, effort, mindfulness and concentration. Each chapter devoted to these efforts explains the wisdom of these skillful pursuits and then closes with a "key points" list to summarize highlights. This work is best suited to readers who are very new to Buddhism or who want a taste of the tradition served in a thoroughly American style. Gunaratana (Mindfulness in Plain English) writes in a very simple form and uses highly accessible illustrations to teach. For example, "Even though unskillful deeds may bring temporary happiness when, for example, a drug dealer is pleased with his shiny new car the Buddha pointed out that wrong actions always lead to harm." Though this book is too elemental for most devoted practitioners and does not particularly distinguish itself among the many of its ilk, it may find a useful berth where many voices and versions are generally desirable. (May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
Eight Mindful Steps To Happiness offers a mentally evolved, elegant presented, beautifully simple, Buddhist approach to life. Bhante Henepola Gunaratana was born in Sri Lanka, ordained as a Buddhist monk at the age of twelve, earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from The American University, and taught courses in Buddhism in several American colleges and universities. He draws upon his immense expertise, insights, and education skills to share the Buddha's teachings on every aspect of human life. Eight Mindful Steps To Happiness is a wonderful and much appreciated contribution to the growing library of Buddhist literature available to an American readership.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861711765
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 7/10/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 194,683
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Bhante Gunaratana was ordained at the age of twelve as a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka, earned his PhD in philosophy from The American University, and has led meditation retreats, taught Buddhism, and lectured widely throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Bhante Henepola Gunaratana is the president of the Bhavana Society in High View, West Virginia, where he lives.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    I couldn't practice without it

    I don't live in an area where I have access to a temple or teachers to help me understand the basic principles of Buddhism; I have to study on my own. I was having a hard time fully understanding the Noble Eightfold Path and how it was applied to modern life. I searched for a long time and finally decided to try this book. I LOVE it! It was exactly what I was looking for. Bhante Henepola explains each area very well. The book is written in layman's terms and gives examples that apply to modern, western life. I have recommended this book to others and would DEFINITELY recommend it to anybody searching for a helping hand in their Buddhist practices.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2003

    Buddha's Path is Made Clearer

    Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness is an easy-to-read, easy-to-follow guide on walking the buddha's path to happiness. Bhante Henepola Gunaratana continues his effort on bringing the Buddha's lessons to the average westerner who is searching for that 'something.' This book is a practical guide with step-by-step lessons on achieving happiness. The only thing missing is a companion workbook handy for workshops or for small groups. This is a book to be read slowly and to reread early and often. The lessons are penetrating and useful. The summaries at the end of each chapter are easy reference guides to refresh a reader's memory after completing that chapter or for easy reference at a later time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2001

    Based on the eightfold way

    This book is an attempt to explain the timeless paths of morality, concentration, and wisdom. The main point of the book comes down to the fact that living well is a skill that takes both practice and understanding. With stories, bulleted summaries, quotes from the sutras, and, most of all, relating to everyday concerns, the author teaches how to refrain from causing others to suffer. This, along with ending our own suffering, he says will lead to happiness.

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