In collaboration with Howard Cutler, a western psychiatrist, the Dalai Lama incorporates stories and meditations on how to overcome anxiety, anger, jealousy, or simply a bad mood. Those who suffer from family, health, or work problems will learn how to achieve inner peace, using 2,500 years of Buddhist teachings - and a healthy dose of common ...
In collaboration with Howard Cutler, a western psychiatrist, the Dalai Lama incorporates stories and meditations on how to overcome anxiety, anger, jealousy, or simply a bad mood. Those who suffer from family, health, or work problems will learn how to achieve inner peace, using 2,500 years of Buddhist teachings - and a healthy dose of common sense - as a guide. THE ART OF HAPPINESS is an audiobook for people of every denomination, crossing the boundaries of all traditions, that will help listeners defeat the difficulties common to us all.
A readable, insightful work worth spending your money and time on. We need more happy people in the world to create a happier planet.
Jun 26, 2007
The Art of Happiness
The Art of Happiness, first of all, is not authored by the Dalai Lama, but is written by a Western psychotherapist, Howard C. Cutler. Cutler does a good job of presenting some very basic ideas of the Dalai Lama?s for Western reader through transcriptions of conversations and public talks given by His Holiness. It is all very reassuring. It is good to be happy and to strive to be happy, because happiness comes from practicing the good qualities of being human - kindness, compassion, and tolerance. To be happy, to be a better person, you can practice, with commitment and with discipline, the good states of mind, and combat bad ones - anger, hatred, and greed. The Dalai Lama explains how to develop kindness and compassion, how to face suffering, and how to deal with anger and self-doubt from his Buddhist perspective, and Cutler puts his ideas into Western terms. In the end, the Dalai Lama describes the spiritual life as a disciplined, calm state of mind that translates into one?s daily actions. American readers who want to glimpse into the inspiring spiritual practice of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism, who want simple affirmation of their right to happiness, and some comforting advice about pursuing happiness will like this book.
Jun 5, 2007
An excellent account of Budhism and of an approach to life that offers more meaning and truer happiness. A beautiful book.
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