Writer and photographer Ricard (coauthor, The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet) trained as a scientist before becoming a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Inspired by his participation in scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain, Ricard has written a readable, though not succinct, guide for general readers to the Buddhist psychology of happiness. Topics raised in the Dalai Lama's The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living are expanded on here; Ricard, for instance, distinguishes between short-lived pleasure and joy and long-term altruistic happiness. Drawing on insights from Western philosophy, neuroscience, and cognitive, positive, and social psychology, he demonstrates that the Buddhist concept sukha-enduring happiness characterized by mental balance, clarity, and compassion-is attainable through meditation and mental discipline, which can transform negative emotions into positive, altruistic, benevolent views that embrace others. Included are practical exercises on attention, awareness, and emotional control. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Lucille M. Boone, San Jose P.L., CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.