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The Art of Happiness Audiobook

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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    Veronica 09-22-15
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    "A great quick listen, definitely worth a look"

    great for anyone with an interest in philosophy and perspective, I only wish it had gone a bit more in depth

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    Ericka 09-14-15
    Ericka 09-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Happiness the most enjoyable?

    I downloaded this book while experiencing a personal loss. It was super helpful in focusing on what is important, protecting my happiness and letting go.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I loved the tie in between the conversation between the author and the Dalai Lama and the group lectures. The alliteration was spot on and I could easily visualize scenes.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Art of Happiness?

    I want to go back and listen to the meditations again and try them.


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    mandy48954 09-03-15
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    Womderful self-help book. I will be coming back to this book until I am able to utilize and understand it all.

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    Randi 07-17-15
    Randi 07-17-15
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    "Loved it. Very enlightening."

    This book kept me engaged start to finish. Absolutely fascinating, insightful, and thought provoking. Highly recommended.

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    alyssa 06-19-15
    alyssa 06-19-15
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    "his holiness"

    loved his holiness and all he said. the actual story itself was a bit odd with the guy trying to get all of life's answers but that's barely noticeable as you listen

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    Megs 06-07-15
    Megs 06-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this. Very informative & Great Perspective."

    I was not setting out to listen to this because I was terribly unhappy. I was merely looking for another perspective to offer something where I could improve myself. I have been wonderfully surprised and very happy with this presentation. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to see something in a different light.

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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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    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

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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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