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.
"... 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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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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