ISBN-10:
0943015537
ISBN-13:
9780943015538
Pub. Date:
05/15/2006
Publisher:
Power Press
Zen and the Art of Happiness

Zen and the Art of Happiness

by Chris Prentiss

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ISBN-13: 9780943015538
Publisher: Power Press
Publication date: 05/15/2006
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 42,782
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Chris Prentiss is the cofounder and codirector of the Passages Substance Abuse Treatment Center, located in Malibu, California, and the author of The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure:A Holistic Approach to Total Recovery. He has also written a dozen books on Chinese philosophy and personal growth. He is known worldwide for his interpretations of the I Ching that make this ancient and sometimes difficult-to-understand subject easy to use and apply. Prentiss has led personal empowerment workshops in southern California and has written, produced, and directed a feature film.

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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.

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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Zen and the Art of Happiness 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
... 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."
doctorgl More than 1 year ago
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.
Carla Brinkerhoff More than 1 year ago
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.
Nag More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is everything and more I was hoping it would be. I am grateful for the words and wisdom of Chris Prentiss and the simplicity of how each and every single one of us can achieve true happiness with the help of this easy-to-read book. Zen and the Art of Happiness has been published in over 30 countries making it accessible for people all over the world to receive insight on this wonderful little gem. I've read this book over and over and each time I learn something new. It has helped alter my perspective in a more positive way and without a doubt has changed the way I live my life. Pick up a copy today! You're going to love it.
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DeeMari71DD More than 1 year ago
Great and inspirational book
Carl_in_Richland More than 1 year ago
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.
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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).
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This book helped put me in a better place. If you are open to the possibility, try this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Chris Prentiss More than 1 year ago
A beautiful book . Thanks to this book, im happier now then ive ever been.
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