Zen and the Art of Happiness

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A timeless work about the Zen of happiness?the art of happiness, the way of happiness, the inner game of happiness. The Zen of doing anything is doing it with a particular state of mind that brings the experience of enlightenment?and through that experience, happiness. In Zen and the Art of Happiness, you will learn how to think and feel so that what you think and feel creates happiness and vibrancy in your life rather than gloominess or depression.

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Overview

A timeless work about the Zen of happiness—the art of happiness, the way of happiness, the inner game of happiness. The Zen of doing anything is doing it with a particular state of mind that brings the experience of enlightenment—and through that experience, happiness. In Zen and the Art of Happiness, you will learn how to think and feel so that what you think and feel creates happiness and vibrancy in your life rather than gloominess or depression.

Cutting-edge science and spirituality tell us that what we believe, think, and feel actually determine the makeup of our body at the cellular level. We all have a personal philosophy that influences our thoughts and feelings. It deals with what we have come to believe about the world, its people and its events—about how those events affect us and how we affect them. Whatever your personal philosophy is, it is completely responsible for your state of happiness and well-being because it determines how you respond to events that come into your life.

How can we change what we believe when our experience has convinced us otherwise? By creating a new experience.

The gentle wisdom of Zen and the Art of Happiness will show you how to invite those magnificent experiences into your life and create a philosophy that will sustain you through anything.

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
Zen and the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss (cofounder and codirector of Passages Substance Abuse Treatment Center) is a pocket-sized and highly portable 160-page book presenting practical, spiritual, applicable wisdom from the Eastern philosophy of Zen Buddhism designed to provide the reader with a positive, uplifting message that we can affect and influence the very makeup of our body at a cellular level through what we believe, think, and feel. That when we create happiness and vibrancy within our lives we are better able to adapt to life's inevitable stresses and changes. By learning to deal with stress and change in healthy ways, we create, nurture, and perpetuate 'mindful happiness' in our daily lives. Zen and the Art of Happiness is enthusiastically recommended and 'user friendly' reading for anyone seeking to enhance their spirituality, deal with life's stresses, and improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
—James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
New Age Retailer
The big-bellied, somewhat eccentric laughing Buddha on the cover tells it all. The author does not believe that happiness depends on being the same size as models in the fashion magazines, finding the perfect mate, filling one's house with cutting-edge electronic gadgets, or studying meditation with the current 'it' guru. . . . The book reflects a long-standing esoteric maxim: We create our own reality. What makes this work different from so many others is the personal energy, knowledge, and insight with which he communicates. He draws on Eastern and Western philosophy, modern science, and personal-sometimes catastrophic-experience to explain why believing circumstances will benefit us is what will, ultimately, cause this to be true. His life has been filled with challenges he has turned into opportunities. He does not lecture to us from a pedestal as an enlightened being. Instead, he speaks as one who has survived the muck and mire and retained his childlike wonder and enthusiasm. Prentiss beckons us to see the world through his eyes and share his joy. It is easy to believe it is possible.
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Happiness can be a fickle thing. It can be a snug, magnetic garment, attracting more and more of the same, or it can be an ill-fitting gossamer veil flitting here and there. It all depends on one's psychology, karma, and attitude. This wonderful little book shows that we can overcome the obstacles to happiness. It's for those who want and need change-in expectations, habits, and outlook. Chris Prentiss teaches us how, with a joie de vivre that obviously comes from experience. Use his practical wisdom to get in the habit of being happy-every day. Put this book by your bedside and the Zen of happiness can be yours.
Library Journal
Prentiss (cofounder and codirector, Passages Substance Abuse Treatment Ctr; The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure) has written a charming book that is perhaps not quite as "Zen" as its title might suggest; that is, Prentiss's own engagement with Zen Buddhism is quite sincere, but the book should not be taken as a guide to the spiritual practice. Prentiss's principal sense of Zen is that of awareness of every present moment; armed with that, he shows readers, with humor and zest, how to live in the now and change our futures. For most collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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"A charming book….Shows readers, with humor and zest, how to live in the now and change our futures. For most collections.” -- Library Journal

"Enthusiastically recommended and 'user friendly' reading for anyone seeking to enhance their spirituality, deal with life's stresses, and improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being." -- Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780943015538
  • Publisher: Power Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2006
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 71,582
  • Product dimensions: 4.42 (w) x 7.16 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Prentiss is cofounder and codirector of the world-renowned Passages Addiction Cure Center in California and the author of twelve other books on personal growth and recovery.
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AS YOU BELIEVE, SO IT IS FOR YOU

"The true man sees what the eye sees, and does not add to it something that is not there. He hears what the ears hear, and does not detect imaginary undertones or overtones. He is not busy with hidden meanings."-CHUANG TZU

Acting on the basis of what you believe is what brings about the conditions of your life and the degrees of happiness you have experienced. . . . Take the story of Max. Max owned a thriving sandwich shop. There were almost always people waiting in line to eat at his little shop. He gave away free pickles, free potato chips, sometimes a free soft drink, and his sandwiches were famous for being overstuffed.

One day his son, who lived in a distant city, came to visit. They had a good visit, but as the son was leaving, he told his father, "Since I've been here, I've been observing how you run the sandwich shop, and I have to tell you for your own good that you're making a big mistake giving away all those extras. The country's economy is in bad shape. People are out of work, and they have less money to spend. If you don't cut back on the free items and on your portion sizes, you'll be in a bad way before long too.” His father was amazed, thanked his son, and told him he would consider his advice.

After his son left, Max followed his son's advice. He stopped giving away free items and he cut back on the generous portions of food in his sandwiches. Before long, after many of his disappointed customers had stopped coming, he wrote to his son: "You were right! The country's economy is in bad shape, and I'm experiencing the results of it right here in my sandwich shop!”

The poor economy that the man's son saw all around him was real. Despite the poor economy, though, the father had been running a successful sandwich shop. He didn't realize that times were hard, that many people were out of work, and that money was scarce. He was treating everyone with great generosity and he was reaping the rewards that such actions always bring: a positive, generous outpouring of good things. But after his son told him about the "bad shape” the country was in, he began to act as if it were so, bringing about the only possible result-a negative, fearful, ungenerous experience of life, an experience that he believed was "out there.” Was it "out there”?

The answers are never "out there.” All the answers are "in there,” inside you, waiting to be discovered.

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Table of Contents

1 The Way 1
2 We Are the Authors of Every Next Moment 13
3 The New Experience 23
4 The Inner Road 33
5 Mindful Happiness 43
6 What's True in the Universe 61
7 Adapting to Change 85
8 Stress and Your Imagination 107
9 Healing Your Past 121
10 The Language of the Universe 131
Notes 143
Acknowledgments 145
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2008

    I read this book three times...

    ... and as much as I wanted to like it, I found it simplistic and not very insightful. First, the premise that positive attitudes will change your life is nothing new. Second ... we can't keep egoic thinking positive. How many times have we all tried? How many times have we been disappointed? Ego has its positive moments, and then as sure as we're enjoying our emotional high we will swing back to negative thoughts and emotions. That is the nature of the ego. What's needed is to find the never-changing joy of our true nature beneath the noise and drama of the ego. This can be found fairly quickly through Zen practice. Alas, this book is not about Zen; however, it will appeal to the ego's task of "seek and never find."

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

    This is a sweet book with the simple message that the key to hap

    This is a sweet book with the simple message that the key to happiness is simply to decide to be happy, and to believe that everything that happens to you is for the very best. Rather than pick apart this idea, the reader is advised to reread the classic work by Voltaire, ‘Candide’, in which the fictional character Dr. Pangloss instructs his two students, Candide and Cunegonde, that everything in this world happens for the very best, and to follow the lessons they learn as they go through life trying to follow this philosophy. My biggest disappointment with ‘Zen and the Art of Happiness’ was that only passing reference is actually made in to Zen, these being short epigrams from various Buddhist poets, although towards the end of the book a few paragraphs are presented on mindful breathing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Nice little book

    Short read, ideal for anyone dealing with stressful situations. It didn't cover much of the Zen practices as I expected. The author used this book as a means to advertise his work ( books, workshops, ect).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2008

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    Proof that good things come in small packages.

    This little book is proof that not just good but sometimes great things come in small packages. This book is enjoyable, informative, motivating and life-cahanging. Written in a comfortable casual style with a powerful message that will inspire positive change in all who read it. As the author of "The Happiness Code"{the amazing new science of creating our ultimate emotinal comfort zone} I recommend this book to all my readers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2013

    highly recommended

    Great and inspirational book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Delivers what it promises

    This book helped put me in a better place. If you are open to the possibility, try this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    Excellent - you must check it out!

    Happiness - the ultimate objective. It surprises me how many people i work with as a business coach can't handle the question "Are you happy?" They are so busy doing what they do and behaving like victims that they do not recognize that the ultimate objective is to be happy. It means that all the pieces and parts and activities and processes that we are working with day to day are in a somewhat acceptable state of balance. Zen and the Art of Happiness helps one clarify what truly makes us, or allows us to be, happy. I have given more than 50 of these books to clients and evryone in my family - far more than any other book or publication. And by the way, I re-raed it myself every several months. Thank you Chri Prentiss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2011

    Changed my life

    A beautiful book . Thanks to this book, im happier now then ive ever been.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    great book

    I truly enjoyed reading this book. It helped realize that we need to understand that everything happens for a reason. A good reason. At the begining we may not understand the 'whys' of situations, but if we keep track we'll see the answers. Easy reading.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    My fav

    A friend let me read this book several months ago and after reading it I went right out and got it. I have read it 5 times since then, and am right now reading it again. Not everyone will get out of it what I did, but it changed my life. I have followed what the auther said and slowly my life has changed and my outlook on life has changed. I am happier and smile a lot more. I do not follow Zen, and to read this book you do not have to follow it-- just give what the auther says a chance and don't give up on it. Love this Book!!1

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