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The Art of Happiness | [His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Howard C. Cutler]

The Art of Happiness

The Dalai Lama will tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that "the very motion of our life is toward happiness." How to get there has always been the question. With the help of a psychiatrist, he now gets the message across in a context we can easily understand.
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Publisher's Summary

The Dalai Lama is probably one of the only people who, if you ask him if he's happy, even though he's suffered the loss of his country, will give you an unconditional "yes." What's more, he'll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and the "the very motion of our life is toward happiness." How to get there has always been the question. He's tried to answer it before, but he's never had the help of a psychiatrist to get the message across in a context we can easily understand.

Through meditation, stories, and the meeting of Buddhism and psychology, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day depression, anxiety, anger, jealousy, or just an ordinary bad mood. He discusses relationships, health, family, work, and spirituality to show us how to ride through life's obstacles on a deep, abiding source of inner peace. Based on 2,500 years of Buddhist meditations and with a healthy dose of common sense, The Art of Happiness is a program that crosses the boundaries of all traditions to help listeners with the difficulties common to all human beings.

©1998 His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D., All Rights Reserved; (P)1998 Simon & Schuster, Inc.; SOUND IDEAS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"... this is one of the best how-to books a reader will ever find." (Booklist)
"[It]is not only an excellent supplement to daily self-awareness practices, it is also an indispensable educational tool." (AudioFile)

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    "Highly recommended!"

    I love this book! Regardless of your religion, or even if you are an atheist, you will benefit from the practical advice given by the Dali Lama. I'm going to start this book over and listen to it again right now.

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    binay 05-04-15
    binay 05-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Instructive and inspiring"

    It met my expectations. I am from Hindu background with some understanding of Buddhism. I have been reading spiritual texts and books for 15 years. I liked the book for its simple and direct message from Dalai Lama and cutler.

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    ROBERT WALKER 04-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspirational"

    When one questions the many religious beliefs throughout the world, this reading provides understanding. No matter what your beliefs, being in a spiritual state always will provide comfort.

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    Stacy M. Galvan HOBBS, NM, United States 03-26-15
    Stacy M. Galvan HOBBS, NM, United States 03-26-15 Member Since 2015

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    "amazingly insightful"

    I loved this book from start to finish, lots of great advice and logic. "Our purpose on this planet is to help people and if you can't help them at least don't hurt them" one of my favorite quotes from the Dalai Lama

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    Tracie MN, USA 02-03-15
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    "Beautiful audio version of a beautiful book"

    This book is very insightful, and a wonderful reflection on how to be happy and to put happiness out into the world.

    I have previously read this book, but it was a nice way to revisit this book as an audio book. The pace of the reading was comfortable, and I was able to follow along comfortably, while working at the same time.

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    Michel 02-02-15
    Michel 02-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The best book I've ever read on self enlightenment"

    The clarity of thought and purpose is exceptional. It provides insight into our purpose for being that is truly enlightened. I listen to regularly in an effort to incorporate it concepts into my daily life.

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    Matthew 11-25-14
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    "BEST BOOK I READ (LISTENED) TO ALL YEAR!"
    Where does The Art of Happiness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #1 Best book all year.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It changed my perspective on how too look at the world. Very refreshing with good answers to hard questions.


    What does Howard C. Cutler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great Voice and they also have a collection of bells that start each chapter


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    How to Love and relate to all people. Changing how you think about the world. To sum it up " don't forget to stop and look around"


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    TA.D 05-26-14
    TA.D 05-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Sage and timeless advice"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Happiness the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the palpable compassion you could feel from the words from the book. You could tell the author was deeply influenced by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. You can tell that His Holiness is one of the most compassionate yet gently charismatic people alive today. It is also enjoyable to know that you can apply these principles not matter your personal worldview on religion or "higher power."


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoyed a particular story where the author witnessed His Holiness quietly approach a nervous looking man in a crowd of many and focus solely on him for a few minutes. At the end of the conversation, the nervous man was visibly lightened.


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    AO 02-01-13
    AO 02-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great"
    Where does The Art of Happiness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this book. I have an admiration for the Dalai Lama after reading the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    na


    How could the performance have been better?

    He talks so slow. I put the speed to 2x and it still could have gone a little faster for me.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    I loved his ideas on accepting stress and problems as part of life.


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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-06-13
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very infromative and great information"

    Here H.H. the Dalai Lama goes through Buddhism and how to use it can be used to defeat our anxiety, anger or even an ordinary bad mood. He tells stories to relate how this has been done by ordinary people every day. He also goes into why spirituality is important in our lives and why its not. He goes through how to find happiness and get through pain by seeing through it. Anyone who has kids that have watched Avatar: the last airbender knows this lesson. Pain is what tells us when something is wrong in our bodies and our lives. We should listen to it to deal with it and release it. As a long time meditation practitioner I found the information very informative.

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